Paul did not insist people to blindly follow him. He said in 1 Cor. 11:11, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” NKJV
How did Paul imitate Christ? Paul was blameless according to the overseers’ qualifications (Tit. 1 & 1 Tim. 2) and:
“Herein I also practice always having a conscience void of offense toward God and men” (Acts 24:16).
Paul considered the Bereans more noble because they eagerly received what he taught them, and they checked the scriptures daily to make sure what he told them was true (Acts 17:11).
And Paul said we are to judge those in the church. 1 Cor. 5:
9 I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. 10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
12 For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside God judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”
Jesus said in John 7:
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
From my Paul’s elders’ qualifications revisited article, where I quote the verses where Paul says overseers must be blameless and holy:
Blameless and holy must at least mean that overseers are going-to-heaven Christians, which means they must be in the Galatians-5 “Those who are Christ’s” list and not in the “will not inherit the Kingdom” list.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and lusts.
I also show in my Paul’s elders’ qualifications revisited article that an overseers must not be a liar or have a root of bitterness, must have a pure heart and be a peacemaker, etc..
What does the Bible mean that we are not to judge others? — “First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” What Jesus was condemning was hypocritical, self-righteous judgments of others
(video) WHEN “JUDGE NOT” IS NOT BIBLICAL — The mantra “judge not” is grossly misapplied today. As Christians we are told in God’s Word to judge all things spiritually, in righteous judgment, because we have the mind of Christ
The Didache (70-100 AD): Reconciliation was required to attend early church meetings! “Let no one who is at odds with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned.”
Wes Hall: Many ministers weren’t even called into the ministry. “The reason you’ve gone to seminary is to prove to God…how dedicated you are.” • “Some of you should have been in ministry, and you went into business; and you tried to become the best you could to earn your father’s approval in the natural.”