Thursday, January 20, 2011

Real Authority

"when Peter came to Antioch, I had a face-to-face confrontation with him because he was clearly out of line." - Galatians 2:11(MESSAGE)
Valid authority in the Church derives from following the truth.

Those aligned with God's word are to be honored and followed,1 those who don't are to be resisted, sometimes even publicly, regardless of their name, rank, or history.

The apostle, Paul, wrote
"Let me be blunt: ... If anyone, regardless of reputation or credentials, preaches something other than what you received originally, let him be cursed ... If my goal was popularity, I wouldn't bother being Christ's" - Galatians 1:9-10a (MESSAGE)
This doesn't mean arguing every little point. The Brethren church has a wonderful saying,
In essentials, Unity;
In non essentials, Liberty;
In all things, Charity."
All valid authority comes from adherence to God's word, not an ecclesiastical or educational title.

- fritz

1 - 1st Timothy 5:17

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