x470.....Pastoral Authority--something Like This?
Do you believe in something like this?
Have you been taught something like this concept in your church?
Is this the idea or concept that is taught as "pastoral authority" or "submitting to authority"---
God has set some people in the church---pastors--or perhaps they are called bishops or elders or priests or presbyters---Whatever they are called--they are leaders of the church.
And these leaders have been put there by God to have authority over the people within the church.
These leaders are chosen by God and have authority over the rest of the people in the church--the congregation--the body--the people--the lay-people.
They are the ministers.
And these people, who are "in authority" have the God-given right to use this authority over others within the church--to make decisions--to make rules--to "rule".
And we are commanded to submit to this authority. The Bible tells us to submit to authority--to submit to the pastor.
If we are going to be obedient to God---we must submit to the authority of the leadership. The Bible tells us that if we submit to authority, it will benefit us.
Gods authority--His "delegated authority" within the church, are our benefactors, and we ought to submit to this authority.
WE should submit to them that have the rule over us.
There is someone--one or perhaps more people within the church that have the rule over the rest--and we should submit to them that rule over us.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:...... (Hebrews 13:17, KJV).
The word of God tells us that we ought to submit to authority--those in authority are our benefactors---This is the right and proper government of the kingdom of God.
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:25-26, KJV).
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV).
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:42-45, KJV).
Jesus has a problem with this idea.
Jesus describes two kingdoms.
"The kingdom of the Gentiles" consists of leaders who "exercise authority over" others.
The central concept of this kingdom is submission to this authority. It is the way that this type of rulership functions and operates.
"they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors."
The rulers of this kingdom exercise authority over others, and this is thought to be beneficial to those under their authority. But Jesus clearly defines leadership a different way.
Jesus defines leadership as being service to all, not authority over others, as in the kingdom of the Gentiles--as in worldy government.
There are two kingdoms--which do you follow after?