If a people turn from righteousness, a natural consequence is greater human oversight in one form or another. This is seen in the world and the church.
Jesus does not want 'serving' through iron-fisted control and ruling by fear, nor does He mean 'benevolently' doing for them what they can do for themselves.
Numerous biblical examples show the authority and structure of the church. However, they will hold little weight if we feel our experience invalidates them.
The ministry's authority consists of teaching, edifying, and equipping the members for sainthood, but not to wield dictatorial power over their lives.
As obnoxious as tyrannical power may seem, we have the obligation to behave lawfully. Even the vilest of leaders has been allowed by God to rule.
We need free moral agency to be transformed into God's image. Unless one has God's Spirit, he cannot exercise the internal control to be subject to the way of God.
We dare not allow anybody to come between God's direct governance and ourselves. Even God's government will not work unless we voluntarily govern ourselves.
Only those who are governable will be allowed to govern with God. No government will work without each individual submitting in his area of responsibility.
The authority in the ministry is a 'staff position,' given by God, as a gift for equipping the saints for service and for edifying the body of Christ.
God intended government to be a positive force of bringing order out of chaos, keeping on a straight course, educating, and edifying with necessary laws.
A major responsibility for the fracturing of the WCG rested with the leadership, based on a philosophy of authoritarianism Christ warned against.
Our experiences prepare us to be a better judge or king. Though we may exercise righteous judgment, we dare not pass judgment nor justify sin in ourselves.
The difference between living forever and eternal life is that longevity does not equate to quality of life. Living forever while enduring pain lacks appeal.
Martin Collins, observing that we live in a culture that encourages diversity and disparaging unity, suggests that if the subsequent separation and secessionist movements succeed, we will soon live in a fractious, segmented, divided, disunited States, balkanized by multiple languages and conflicting cultures. A lingua-franca …
The issue is not mathematical or astronomical, but instead a matter of trust in God's faithfulness, authority, sovereignty, oversight, or ability to govern.
The Bible lists busybodies with murderers and robbers. We must learn to operate in our appointed spheres of responsibility and not take the job of another.
The book of John provides a plethora of signs corroborating Christ's authenticity and also shows how to live as God would live if He were a man.