~~.   TO BE IN SUBJECTION;        TO AUTHORITY           By: Elder Don FJ/iB
It is our aim in this article to teach Gods children the right ofbeing in subjection to authority, who has this authority ...
Let us examine the word authority: Matthew 7:29, "For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." Thi...
edification. We can never live a life close to God without obeying,and submitting to it.                       Parents and...
Husband and WifeThis relationship perhaps should have been mentioned first.Without a proper, truth oriented husband and wi...
not feel he is being deprived of pleasure in that he cant spend hismoney on his own pleasure. His indulgences only rob his...
just go along with it. Ifhe is neglectful to know the will of God, itwill become his attitude also and he will sin against...
draw much resentment and persecution, yet God can tum thatwhich was meant for evil to good. It would be better to leave ag...
but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do thatwhich is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same."...
Authority and Subjection in ChurchIn the church of Christ, which is the body of Christ, there are manygifts which are give...
Ephesians 2:6-7, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sittogether in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ...
forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surelybelieved among us, even as they delivered them unto us, ...
Hebrews 13: 17 reads, "Obey them that have the rule over you, andsubmit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they...
are not to rule behind the scenes, as Jezebel, who ruled through herhusband. It is not teaching that a woman cannot take p...
the rule over them, are apt to get a prophet sent to them from God.He will not be a father but a judge. His preaching will...
Elders. This word does not mean a group of ordained help orauthority. The authority to ordain deacons and Elders is given ...
churches. Elders, when ordained, are not over each other inauthority except they be pastor of the church where one wouldha...
write, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in sp...
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  1. 1. ~~. TO BE IN SUBJECTION; TO AUTHORITY By: Elder Don FJ/iB
  2. 2. It is our aim in this article to teach Gods children the right ofbeing in subjection to authority, who has this authority and whodoes not have this authority.In these modem times, we hear so much of people who aredemanding their rights and refusing to obey those over them. Menin authority have to beg, compromise, bribe, and ask only in a niceway to get people under them to do their will. School authoritiesand teachers have lost control of the pupils. Parents have lostcontrol of their children who claim they have a right to do theirown thing. Our armed forces cannot exercise discipline over theservice men and women. Churches have rules of decorum whichare never exercised over the members for fear of hurting someones feelings.It is the nature of man to be free. It seems to be a crushing burdento be a slave to someone; people that are under dictators or tyrantslong to be free. This writer can remember when a prisoner of war,the intense desire to escape and be free from his captors. Yet, inturn, as we long to be independent and free in our nature, we also,according to our nature, want to have other people under us inservitude. We want to be superior to other people and force themto do our will. We see dictatorship overcome only to have anotherset up that is even worse or more severe.So it remains in our lives, there must be some in subjection andsome in authority and the Holy Bible has to be the true guide.There can be no other true guide but the inspired word of God. Wehave Satan as an adversary that is continually upsetting the rule ofGod or at least confusing our minds as to who is in authority andwho is in subjection. To be in subjection to the proper authoritybrings happiness providing both the subjection and the authority isaccording to the word of God. If we are in subjection but only in aresentful, rebellious way, then our burden of bondage will be agreat trial and unhappiness. When one is placed in authority andthey exercise it according to the word of God, then the subjects, ifthey submit, will be happy and content. They will even love andrevere the one in authority. 1
  3. 3. Let us examine the word authority: Matthew 7:29, "For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." This word for authority in the Greek is EXOUSIA, which means to have the ability, to be potent, having the mastery. Our God is qualified to rule and if we subject ourselves to Him, it will be of great benefit to us. Hebrew 12:9 reads, "Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us and we gave them reverence; shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of Spirits and live?" God in his wisdom and authority over His subjects has also designated authority to others under Him. The Greek word EPITAGE means to have an authority by decree, placed or designated authority. Titus 2:15 reads, "These things speak and exhort and rebuke with all authority, let no man despise thy youth." God, having all qualified authority over His subjects (children) also has the authority to designate authority and we as His subjects are to willingly submit to them. Paul told Titus to rebuke with all authority and being a young man, the older brethren would probably resent him in his rebuking them. To walk with God and enjoy this fellowship with Him we must be, subject to them that have the Biblical rule over us. God will never allow us to by-pass His designated authority and be prosperous in blessings. Sometimes even Gods rulers in this matter are not qualified to rule, yet we need to be very careful in this matter if we are to please God. 1st Peter 2: 18 reads, "Servants, be subject to your master with all fear not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward." Froward means to be warped, perverse or crooked. A child of God need not feel he is under a crushing bondage because this designated authority is for his good and for his 2
  4. 4. edification. We can never live a life close to God without obeying,and submitting to it. Parents and ChildrenAside from the fact that the children of God are under authority toGod to do His will, the number one authority in our lives is ourparents. In Ephesians 6: 1 Paul says, "Children obey your parentsin the Lord; for this is right."Parents have been set over us by God for our good and their duty isto train us to take our rightful place in our society. Ifwe wouldsubmit to Gods word, we would understand that there are timeswhen we have to be spanked, or corrected in a forceful way.Proverbs 22: 15 says, "Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child;but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him." Our parentscorrected us because they wanted us to grow up and have thepleasure of being respected citizens. We can only have this if wehave been disciplined to it. My father had to teach me to be honestand how to make my word good by not lying. We have to learnthat it is wrong to lie.Parents must learn that teaching has to come from leading a goodexample. If a child though, refuses to follow his parents example,and the parents are obedient to God, they will whip that child tobring him into subjection. Parents also know that a child needs aneducation, and it is the parents duty to see to it that the educationis God honoring and administered according to Gods rule. Thisparent will be interested in who is teaching his child and will co­operate with them in the childs discipline. If it is necessary tospank the child or correct him in a severe way, the parent will backthe teacher up. The lack of discipline in our schools will disruptour whole society. It will ultimately ruin our whole country. Whata great responsibility has been placed upon us as parents andchildren. Ephesians 6:4 reads, "And ye fathers provoke not yourchildren to wrath; but bring them up in the nurture and admonitionof the Lord." 3
  5. 5. Husband and WifeThis relationship perhaps should have been mentioned first.Without a proper, truth oriented husband and wife relationship, wecould never bring up our children in the way they should go. Thewife must be in subjection to her own husband as unto the Lord.Paul writes with authority from God, "Wives submit yourselvesunto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord" (Colossians 3:18).In turn, the husband, who is the designated authority, is to qualifyhimself to rule. Paul continues in verse 19, "Husbands love yourwives and be not bitter against them." This is to be a lovingbenevolent rule. It is Gods will that husbands work hard and eatbread by the sweat of his face.1st Timothy 5:8 reads, "But if any provide not for his own andespecially for those of his own house he hath denied the faith, andis worse than an infidel. If a man seeks to escape thisresponsibility and does not treat his mate with a true benevolentrule as unto a weaker vessel, he will fmd that God is his enemy andhis prayers will be hindered.In the beginning of creation, God saw it was not good for man todwell alone, so He created a help-meet, a wife for him. God thengave this man and woman laws and when in subjection to theselaws, or rules, they would find a measure of happiness in theirfallen state. The husband was to labor to make the living. Thewoman was to bear children in pain and sorrow, to love herhusband and guide the house. Paul states that they, the women,were to be keepers at home. Whenever this law is changed andbroken, this union then ceases to be the grace of life.Much of the trouble in our society can be directly traced to womenworking and leaving the children in the care of others. We havebecome so ambitious and our standard of living so high that themaking of money has become the supreme driving force in oursociety. We feel we can hold our children in the obligation that wehave given them everything. Fathers feel that they must not onlygive their families what they need, but in many instances, whateverthey want. Husbands must work willingly for their families, and 4
  6. 6. not feel he is being deprived of pleasure in that he cant spend hismoney on his own pleasure. His indulgences only rob his familyof their right. In like manner, the wife is to encourage the husbandin his tiring labor and be more content with what he brings in. Sheshould show him that she is proud of him and thankful for theliving that he provides.Very few wives today are able to believe or receive the scripture 1stPeter 3:5-6, "For after this manner in the old time the holy womenalso, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjectionunto their own husband." Let us pause to explain that thisadorning is not the putting on of apparel or dressing up, but theadorning of a meek and quiet spirit. Verse 6, "Even as Saraobeyed Abraham, calling him Lord; whose daughters ye are, aslong as you do well and are not afraid with any amazement." Mostwives today are afraid to depend upon their husbands and areamazed that God expects them to. The cause of so many divorcesand broken homes today is the fact that Gods marriage laws arebroken. Husbands do not take their responsibilities seriously anddo not qualify themselves to be the head of a family. Wives do notsubmit themselves to the husbands authority set over them. Theyeach want their own way and the marriage is broken. A badexample is set for the children who in turn set bad examples, whichbrings us to our very serious marital problems today. Labor and ManagementWe realize that this insignificant article cant change the laborunrest in the world, but there are believing children of God whowonder what is the right way. They are surrounded with laborresentment and management injustice which causes them to beconfused in how to please God in this part of their life. Today it isvery difficult to be a Christian while working at public work.Capitalists exploit the laborers for their own selfish interests andgreed and are not in proper subjection to the will of God. Theworker then, who is not in proper subjection to God, retaliates withslow downs in production, sabotage, stealing and faulty work.When these conditions exist around a Christian, he is tempted to 5
  7. 7. just go along with it. Ifhe is neglectful to know the will of God, itwill become his attitude also and he will sin against God.The apostle Paul in Ephesians 6:5-8 says, "Servants, be obedient tothem that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear andtrembling in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; not witheyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing thewill of God from the heart; with good will doing service, as to theLord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing anyman doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he bebond or free."This is a very difficult walk, one filled with many tribulations,when we are surrounded by people who are filled with resentmenttoward management. Labor unions are formed to protect the rightsof labor, and they become powerful forces that extort capital andforce them to share the wealth. They go on lengthy strikes to forcetheir way and in many cases cause employers to close their doors.This is done for the so-called reason to give the worker his rights.We hear the slogan; "Indiana coal belongs to the coal union." Isthis a Christian attitude to feel that something they do not ownbelongs to them? This is a very serious problem in our churches.These attitudes are brought right into our churches if it is ourattitude at work.We notice in the Bible that there are laws that govern bothmanagement and labor. But the majority of the rules are to theworker. Evidently there will be few in management who are in thechurch, because it is so hard for a rich man to enter into thekingdom of God. He cannot be humble and submissive and be richat the same time. There are commandments from God to theemployer that if he will be in subjection to God, he will be blessed.Paul writes in Ephesians 6:9, "And, ye masters, do the same thingsunto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master alsois in heaven; neither is there respect ofpersons with him."A Christian is to be submissive to the will of God in this laborrelationship, although it is very difficult. Our good examples will 6
  8. 8. draw much resentment and persecution, yet God can tum thatwhich was meant for evil to good. It would be better to leave agood paying job for lesser paying labor than not be in subjection toa froward employer. Many of Gods children go along with theunion attitudes, lose their humility and love only to have a highstandard of living. What they are doing is trading their fellowshipwith God for power and money. Government and CitizenJesus prayed for His people who were not of the world but were inthe world. While in the world, Gods people are citizens of manydifferent types of governments. Some are friendly towardchurches and some are hostile. Some governments believe theruler is divine and to be worshipped. Others allow freedom ofworship. In the Bible, this caused confusion among Christians as itdoes today. God has set forth rules, to His children that pleaseHim, regarding this and we should be in subjection to them in theproper way. The Pharisees tempted Christ with this question, "Is itlawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?" Christ, after he had askedfor a penny and inquired whose image was on the coin, made thisanswer, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars and toGod the things that are Gods."According to the will of God, a Christian should be in subjection tohis government although it may be a government which hasconquered his homeland. If you use the coinage of a nation to buyyour food and raiment, then it is Gods will that you be insubjection to them up to a certain point. Caesar only gets tributethat belongs to him yet the government is to be obeyed for us toplease God.Paul writes in Romans 13:1-3, "Let every soul be subject unto thehigher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers thatbe are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power,resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive tothemselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, 7
  9. 9. but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do thatwhich is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same."This power under consideration means authority. It is ordained ofGod. This would be a government that has laws ofjustice andequity. It would be one that sets up a way so that we are able tomake a living, one whose money is good enough to buy our food.We are to be law abiding and honest to this kind of government.We are to pay oUr taxes in an honest way and to obey traffic laws,etc. If the laws are not contrary to the laws of God, we are to obeythem. To be under oppression and bondage does not give theChristian a right to be lawless, as he is under the law of God.When Israel and Judah were under the Babylonian rule, Godcommanded them to be obedient to the king as God himself had sethim up. Nevertheless, when Nebuchadnezzar gave thecommandment that they were to worship his golden image, thechildren of Israel were to disobey. This would be to render untoGod the things that belong to God. Daniel and the three that werecast into the fiery furnace served this king honestly andrespectfully, yet did not give him any service that belonged to God.The apostle Paul, when a prisoner of the Roman government, wasbrought before Felix, Festus and Agrippa, he always spokerespectfully and in a reasonable way.The early Christians who were persecuted and slain by the Romangovernment were never found guilty of breaking laws, but inrefusing to recognize Caesar as being divine.Paul exhorts in 1st Timothy 2: 1-3, "I exhort therefore, that, first ofall, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, bemade for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; thatwe may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness andhonesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God ourSaviour." 8
  10. 10. Authority and Subjection in ChurchIn the church of Christ, which is the body of Christ, there are manygifts which are given for the purpose of glorifying Christ. Thesegifts are the children of God who have come to the preciousexperience of believing in Christ and have been brought into thebody of Christ by faith and the work ofthe Holy Spirit. As Paulsays in 1st Corinthians 12: 11-12, "But all these worketh that oneand the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all themembers of that one body, being many, are one body: so also isChrist." This body is not to be confused with the elect family ofGod who was chosen before the foundation of the world; a peoplechosen in Christ from every kindred, nation, tongue and peoplefrom every age of time. This people, when born of Gods HolySpirit, are children of God, fitted for Heavens immortal glory bythe imputed righteousness of Christs blood. All these people,wherever they may reside or whenever they may have lived inthe histoty of the earth. have faith in their Almighty God, andworship God in some fashion. However. they do not allworship in truth. for to worship God in Spirit and in truth wemust have the glorious gospel of Christ preached to us. That isthe people to which I refer here.When the apostle Paul was in Athens, Greece on a journey, hetoured this great city, and viewed the statuary of the Greektemples. Seeing that the Greek city was given wholly to idolatry,Paul says in Acts 17:22-23, "Then Paul stood in the midst of Marshill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye aretoo superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, Ifound an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you."This was a devoted, worshipping people, yet in ignorance theywere worshipping a god that that they felt for but knew very littleabout. This was a people of God, with faith in God, but having noknowledge of how or why they should worship Him. So Paul,through the gospel, declared this unknown God to them. This wasthe age (world) that was to come, as Paul again speaks of in 9
  11. 11. Ephesians 2:6-7, "And hath raised us up together, and made us sittogether in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages tocome he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in hiskindness toward us through Christ Jesus."When this wonderful knowledge of Christ comes, then our faith inGod is increased to also have faith in Christ. This is a giftedpeople to be able to show forth the praises of Him who hath calledthem out of darkness into His marvelous light. As each one isgifted by the Holy Ghost, it is for the purpose of glorifying Christwhile we live here on earth, and God has set the members,everyone of them, in the body as it has pleased Him (1 stCorinthians 12:18). They are brothers and sisters in Christ, no oneof them more honorable than the other. As we are the recipients ofthe grace of God, we can easily see that others are better than self.Paul, the greatest writer of the New Testament, never lost sight ofthe fact that as Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners;Paul felt to be the chief, or greatest of sinners.Now in this wonderful body, there are many gifts, a diversity ofgifts, which God has placed there and when these gifts function intheir proper place and order, Christ is praised. It is a body ofChrist that acts like Christ. In this body, which has so many gifts,it seems necessary in Gods sight that these gifts be subject, insome ways, one to another. Some are to be in authority and somein subjection to this God-designated authority, that there be noconfusion in the function of this body. The command was that allthings were to be done decently and in order.The apostles seem to be the highest authority of all the gifts givenamong men. They had miraculous gifts such as raising the dead,casting out devils and healing the halt, lame and blind. These giftswere to prove that the Lord and the Kingdom of Heaven had comeand the law service was to be done away with. Some of theapostles were to be authority of the highest order as Peter said thateven after his decease we were to have these things always inremembrance. Luke, who wrote two books of inspired scripturessaid in Luke I: 1-3, "Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set 10
  12. 12. forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surelybelieved among us, even as they delivered them unto us, whichfrom the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of allthings from the very first..." We are to be in subjection to thisapostolic authority and the power of their being inspired to writethe scriptures. The word of God is to be our infallible guide in theway of truth. We are not to distort the truth, neither are we tomanufacture truth to fit any of our desires or worldly lusts. It ishonoring to God to subject our lives to the words of the apostlesand writers of truth. Also, we should build on the foundation andnot try to illY foundations.Today, the apostolic days are over and as Paul said of hisdeparture, "Now I commend you to God, and the word of Hisgrace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritanceamong all them which are sanctified."Paul, in his further address, gave instructions to the Elders ofthechurch in Acts 20:28, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and toall the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made youoverseers..."The chain of authority is now passed on to the Elders, who arecalled Bishops, the meaning of which is overseer. These menwould be the pastor-teacher gifts that are given by Jesus to Hischurch. These men are designated to this post by the Holy Ghostand are under His influence and guidance. Paul writes in Hebrews13:7, "Remember them which have the rule over you, who havespoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, consideringthe end of their conversation." The authority of the apostle is nowgiven to the pastor-teachers and they are to be followed. The word"remember" means to exercise or punish your mind in memory.We are to punish our mind in memory lest we forget the words ofGod which they have spoken. 11
  13. 13. Hebrews 13: 17 reads, "Obey them that have the rule over you, andsubmit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that mustgive account... "These ministers have been put in authority over the church by theHoly Ghost and they must give an account to God for the spiritualwelfare of His people. Gods people should submit themselves totheir words and obey them. As the brethren now all have gifts toexercise they are to exercise them under the oversight ofthe pastor.They are to exercise in order and without confusion and they are todo it under the direction of the pastor. One of the qualifications ofan Elder is that he bring-up his children under subjection, withoutriot (unruly); one that ruleth well his own house having hischildren in subjection with all gravity.A healthy Spiritual church will be in subjection to the rule of thepastors teaching. His attitude toward them will be as a loving,caring father. This church will praise God and Christ with theproper exercise ofthe different gifts. As the brethren exercise theirgifts, they are not to usurp authority one over the other except in aBible way.1st Timothy 2: 11-12 reads, "Let the woman learn in silence with allsubjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurpauthority over the man, but to be in silence." This teaches us thatteaching in the church is to be the duty of men. This is sometimesunderstood as meaning that a woman cannot talk or make a noisein the church house. In our experience, we know a church that hadthis rule, yet they had a woman clerk. This isnt teaching silencein the meeting house, but a silence in the body of Christ; a silencethat is to be entered into when we are baptized into the body ofChrist. This silence means to hold ones peace, or to be a listenerand learner and not a teacher. This word for authority is"authenteo" in the Greek which means to dominate or to act ofones own self or to have ones own way.A woman is to have a meek and quiet spirit, dependant upon herhusband and leave the rule of the church up to the men. Also, they 12
  14. 14. are not to rule behind the scenes, as Jezebel, who ruled through herhusband. It is not teaching that a woman cannot take part in theworship of God with her voice. She has the privilege of singing,telling her friends what great things the Lord has done for her, toask forgiveness, and to encourage others. It would be only right inour feet-washing services for women to openly express their lovefor each other. 1st Corinthians 11:5 states, "But every woman thatprayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth herhead: for that is even all one as if she were shaven." Paul isteaching that a woman, being in subjection to her husband, oughtto wear a covering veil. This veil was to show publicly that shewas married and in subjection to her husband. Now, the wrongwas not in the praying and prophesying in the meeting, but doing itwhile at the same time throwing off the subjection to her husband.Paul was not on the side of womens liberation from the rule of thehusband, neither is our God, who has the authority to begin with.The word for prophesy does not mean preaching or teaching. Itmeans to be an inspired speaker. In the Acts of the Apostles, it isnoted that Phillip, the evangelist had four daughters that didprophesy (Acts 21 :9).In the teaching of gifts given to the church is the subject ofprophesy. What is it? What is its place in the church? Again, theword means inspired speaker. This does not mean a foretelling ofthe future, but only speaking according to the will of God. If weare under the influence of the Spirit of God, many times we willspeak of things to come, but only according as the Bible teaches.It could even be something that is past in a way of remembrance.A gift of prophesy could well be a visiting preacher. Although thepastor has the oversight and responsibility of teaching his flock,this doesnt take away the right of a visiting minister to preach thetruth as he sees it. Rather, it would be his obligation and duty topreach as he is led of the Spirit, and in this way, things of error thatmay have crept in will be exposed. Also, his words might verifyand ratify that which the pastor has spoken. The brethren wouldthen be established in the mouth of witnesses. Also, brethren thatrefuse to be pastured and taught, who will not obey them that have 13
  15. 15. the rule over them, are apt to get a prophet sent to them from God.He will not be a father but a judge. His preaching will becondemnation and a call for repentance. Pastor and DeaconsIn the early days of the church, the apostles were the onlyauthority. It seems they became so busy with the affairs of thechurch that they were neglecting their prayers and their preaching,so they called for help. The church selected men, filled with theSpirit and wisdom, and they were appointed (ordained) deacons,which in the Greek language means servants. Elders, it is taught,are servants or slaves of God to the church. Deacons are appointedas servants in an office. They are not appointed to rule the churchbut to do the things that the church wants done under the directionof the pastor. In the beginning, they were to assist the ministers inthe care of the widows and to administer to each man as they hadneed. This teaches that the finances of the church were put intotheir hands to distribute to the needs of the brethren. The needs ofthe pastor would be included in this. These ordained men are to behelpful to one another but never to usurp authority over oneanother. The pastor is the overseer whom the Holy Ghost hasappointed. As the minister preaches the word of God and thechurch obeys the word, they will be generous with the poor,support the pastor, etc. In this they will direct the deacons in thiswork. They must be in the Spirit to have compassion and love forthe people. They must have wisdom to do this work with equityand justice.We have the practice in churches today of sending deacons asordained authority to form presbyteries to ordain Elders anddeacons. This is a tradition of man that has sprung up yet it is adirect violation of scripture and is a usurping of authority by thedeacons. Let us take the word "presbytery;" it is found only oncein the Bible. The meaning of this word in English is "Elders." TheGreek word "presbuterion" is the plural for Elder, or an order ofElders. The Greek word "presbuteros" is the singular meaning ofElder. In this, the meaning of the word presbytery is a group of 14
  16. 16. Elders. This word does not mean a group of ordained help orauthority. The authority to ordain deacons and Elders is given toElders as is the authority to baptize and conduct communion. Thisis a part of their office. The deacons have their office and if theyuse it well. they purchase to themselves a good degree and greatboldness in the faith.Oh that God would open our blind eyes! We, as a people. ignorethe office of the deacon in its proper use which is to care for thechurch, the sick and those in need. We do not supply them withproper funds to carry on this work but we will go contrary to thescripture by sending them out to ordain. This is not being inSUbjection to Gods designated authority.The excuse is made that some times deacons are wiser and theyknow more about the candidate that is to be ordained, thereforethey are more qualified than Elders. Could not this same excuse begiven when there is someone to be baptized? Would the deacons,according to the scriptures, be allowed to baptize? Let us, as thebody of Christ, submit ourselves to Christ, who is head of thechurch, by submitting ourselves to His designated authority. In theearly church, the murmuring among the brethren was stilled whendeacons were appointed. The ministers returned to their prayersand the ministry of the word and God blessed His church. Acts 6:7reads, "And the word of God increased; and the number of thedisciples mUltiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company ofthe priests were obedient to the faith." Preachers in SubjectionIn 1st Peter chapter 5, Peter is exhorting the Elders (Presbuterion)to feed the flock of God which is among them. These Elders arethe ministers of Gods church. The word "Elder" is the only legaltitle for a preacher found in the Bible. That an Elder is a preacheris proved by the command to "feed the flock" of God. In Acts20:28, Paul is speaking to the Elders at Ephesus as overseers tofeed the church of God. They are not ordained "Reverends." Theyare not "Bishops" or overseers of each other, except as Pastors of 15
  17. 17. churches. Elders, when ordained, are not over each other inauthority except they be pastor of the church where one wouldhave his membership. These men are undershepherds of the Lordas He is the chief Shepherd. Peters exhortation is, "Yea, all ofyou be subject one to another, and be clothed with hwnility ... " Ifthey are truly hwnble before God, they will never be jealous ofeach other and will cooperate with each other. They will be able toenjoy one anothers preaching and above all, love each other andhave a great respect for one anothers talents.In 1st Peter 5:5 we have this statement to consider, "Likewise, yeyounger, submit yourselves unto the elder." This word "younger"in the original Greek means "new" or "fresh". In 1st Timothy; 3 :6,there is a word "novice" which in the Greek means "newinstructed" or "taught". These words are very close together inmeaning. This is a man that is called of God to preach the Gospelwho is just beginning in the ministry. His growth in the ministry isto be watched over by the Elders though he may not be a youngman in years. He is only younger, or a new preacher, in spiritualgrowth. A man is ordained an Elder when he has matured in bothknowledge and experience. If he is ordained too soon, while still anovice, Paul says he will be lifted up with pride and fall into thecondemnation of the devil. In that condition, he will have lost hishwnility and cause a great loss of fellowship among the Elders. Ayoung preacher should never be ordained an Elder until he hasgrown older or matured in knowledge and experience. Sometimesthere seems to be a shortage of local preachers and churches willordain men that exercise their gift too quickly because he hasgrown to the point that he is able to preach at length. It is theElders responsibility to judge this young minister in his growthand ordain him at the right time. Paul says in 1st Timothy 5:22,"Lay hands suddenly on no man ..." A young preacher mustsubmit to this designated authority.At an ordination for an Elder, there must be a judgment todetermine if: he is called to preach, he has and is established inpreaching the truth, he is walking in truth and last and perhaps themost important, he has matured enough. To the young minister we 16
  18. 18. write, "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity ...give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine ...meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all." "And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully." In conclusion, let us love one another, not envying one another, submitting ourselves to one another, and to the will of God. Let us submit willingly to the designated authority of God, and let those that have the rule submit themselves to God to be a qualified authority. This will be an obedient, loving church in the sight of God, and to the children of God around it. 17
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