I had my updated training with the Department of Corrections this weekend. Some things taught there really hit home. One was about the obeying of the authority that is in place.
Alright, as Christians I ask you, “WHO puts this authority in place and what does GOD tell us to do with authority?”
Romans 13: 1-3
Submission to the Authorities
1Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
3For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you.
In the prison system inmates need to learn to respect, obey, listen to, and submit to authority and we as volunteers have to abide by the C.D.O.C.’s rules of authority etc. Whether we agree or disagree with their policies, these are all in place to protect us – both the inmate and the volunteers.
Through the Government we are under authority. We must pay taxes, obey laws, comply to what their authority says.
In schools children are under authority of their teacher, whether home educated or public schooled. These children need to submit to the authority and get their lessons and studies done.
In our homes children are under the authority of their parents. They are to obey their parents and honor their mother and father.
As a wife I am under the authority of my husband. He is to be the leader of our home and I am to submit to him.
As Christians in the Church we are under authority too. Our pastor or elders have been put into place by GOD.
17Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.
This does not mean you should stay to follow a heretical teaching but that you should not speak against the pastor, or leaders in the church, just because you disagree with their personality type, color of carpet, choice of songs, or potluck destination.
The movement of anti-authority against churches, pastors, and leaders today is a form of disobedience against God, it is a spirit of rebellion, and isn’t from God or bringing HIM Glory. These people have developed a spirit of arrogance, follow their own beliefs, own feelings, and are not under any leadership or covering of GOD. If they can’t learn to follow and serve they will never lead or have true submission to GOD.
God has a word of how to respond to those who are divisive in the church too.
Titus 3: 10,11
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.
You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
If you look at the false religions out there today and how most of them got started it is in this very thing – REBELLION! They, the false teachers, stepped out from under the protection of a shepherd, leader, and were rebelling against the church (TRUTH) and started their own “new” faith.
2 Peter 2
False Teachers and Their Destruction
1But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
3In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.
4For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but sent them to hell, putting them into gloomy dungeons to be held for judgment;
5if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
6if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly;
7and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men
8(for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)—
9if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue godly men from trials and to hold the unrighteous for the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment.
10This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority.
Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings;
11yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord.
12But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish.
Isn’t it time that Authority and Obedience are taken seriously within the Church (HIS PEOPLE)?