Tuesday, February 12, 2008

authority to serve

Many believers have chosen to avoid any type of authority
in their lives due to their past experiences of carnal and
abusive authority. Sometimes the absence of all spiritual
authority leads people to cold indifference and cynicism.
The question of authority originates from God’s order.
This order is our invisible protection even when we
don’t recognize it.
God delegates his authority to people. He wants people to
protect people from people.
Pastor Schaller said, that he’d rather speak about responsibility
than authority. I believe that this is the right emphasis.
True spiritual authority never operates outside of truth,
grace and love.
Exercising authority means to help and care with a sacrificial love.
True authority means to pay the price, not to demand the payment.
Spiritual authority cannot function without proper accountability.
This is the difference between a dictatorship and God’s order.
Every believer should have a pastor.
Every pastor must have a pastor.
Obedience, submission and authority are not very popular words
in our modern vocabulary.
However, they are important words in understanding God’s order.
Titus 2:15
“Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow
workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.” II Cor.1:24

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