Under Covenant, because the Hebrew priest had rule over Israel, they WATCHED out for their souls and had to give an ACCOUNT for them.
Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God:...
Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,...
Under Grace, we do not serve or operate under a priesthood and will give an account of our OWN selves to God.
Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Beware of those pastors/preachers/priest/etc... who attempt to place you under their rule. Their yoke of bondage will oppress you in your walk with the Lord.
We encourage you to study God's word for yourself and become a workman. One who RIGHTLY DIVIDES the word of truth, (2 Timothy 2:15) because you're going to give an account of yourself to God one day, not your preacher.
"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now."