On March 2nd of this year I wrote an entry about church authority in which I revealed some of the issues I had lived through during my tenure at a local church I had attended for 22 years and recently left. The original article can be found at:
After I posted this entry I received a comment from a dear friend (DED) and in the moment of reading it forgot to click on the “approve comment” button and thereby broke the flow of interaction a blog lives to realize. I am new to this whole thing and want to allow you the opportunity to experience what was intended to be.
So, read the original post, and then the comment which is copied below.
You stayed longer than us both overall, and well beyond
our stay. When my wife and I had left, she had been there 20 years and
I, 18. It was the only real church home I had known; though I had
attended a denominational church a few years in high school, I had
never belonged anywhere but in the organization you mention. The issue
of authority you describe is exactly the issue that separated our
family from the group. Since then I have thought over the role and
function of authority for nearly ten years. I have come to a position
which enjoys little favor in the hearts of folks who expect systems to
work for them.
1. In modern America we know very little of the authority God intended.
It is never an office. Though someone who walks in Godly authority may
in fact dwell within an identified position of oversight for some group
of persons, no one has authority of an office conferred upon them by a
group of people which is the authority of God. Conferrence or
recognized authority standing on the aproval of men is not part of
3. Even just accepting one man to be the core
speaker and thus the basis of a group’s collective teaching,
understanding, journey…fails God’s plan.
I recently visited a
very sweet fellowship of believers. Though the man speaking is
intensely sincere and full of integrity, the fact that he controls a
pulpit fails the needs of that group. This man would be more of a
support to this group, if he left for two-three weeks at a time and let
the group discover its identity in Christ without him. He could return
often and lend a listening ear and support. This would be good. But as
long as he speaks, the polite and gentle people listening to him will
never expect it of themselves to hear God to the depths that they
At least, so I think, which may mean very little.
Love in Jesus,