By Joseph Diop
Copyright © 2017 by Joseph Diop
Does the leadership over our lives really have anything to do with the quality of life we experience? You bet your life it does!! That’s why we need to get it right, and receive the chosen leaders that God planted in our midst. Leaders can either cause a people to experience God’s blessings, or bring them calamity. God says, “O my people, those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths” (Isaiah 3:12). Conversely, “And [King Uzziah] sought God… and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him [and the people] to prosper” (2Chron 26:5). Politics is nothing more than the way in which we identify, recognize, and empower God’s chosen leaders for us. So, together let’s trace out the steps by which God gives us good leadership.
The Bare Beginnings
The world we live in is actually a kingdom, the kingdom of God. It operates on what we call “kingdom principles.” The kingdom of God on earth began when He created Adam in the Garden, afterwards bringing Eve on board. As it says, “Let us make man in our image and likeness… And let them have dominion…” So, the man, his wife, and the realm over which they reigned — “over the fish… the birds… the cattle… every creeping thing… and over all the earth…” (Gen 1.26) — formed the foundation of God’s kingdom on earth. The ‘kingdom’ is God’s hierarchy of delegated authority, under His supreme rule and dominion, forming the divine “chain of command” between the Most High and His lowliest subjects.
The general way the chain proceeds is:
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. 1 Corinthians 11:3
God > Christ > Man > Woman > Children
God’s first man, Adam, retained the headship; that is, the ‘authority’ over all human beings to come after him, including his wife. That was a matter of divine order. It was not to insinuate that Eve or any of their children to follow were less loved or valued. It was simply an affirmation that God planned an order. As Paul later said, “For Adam was first formed then Eve” (1Tim 2.13).
Before the woman was ever created from Adam’s rib, and before she was ever given the name Eve, her role and job description were spelled out. “It is not good that man should be alone,” God said. “I will make him an ‘helpmeet'” (Gen 2.18). So, by divine design specification, Eve was to be a companion to alleviate the man’s loneliness, and an ‘helpmeet’ to lend him a hand with his God-given commission in life. ‘Helpmeet’ here means, “a suitable servant.” So, Eve’s job was to help Adam as a subordinate servant.
Adam was originally created to be immortal. Sin entering the picture, rendered that first purpose interrupted. God provided that the kingdom then was to be passed on to the ‘firstborn’ of the family. Over time, it was proved that being the firstborn was not necessarily a matter of birth order. In other words, the firstborn was the one favored by God — the son who was chosen and manifestly preferred by God to rule. The firstborn was to inherit all the duties, responsibilities, privileges, liabilities, and honor from the father. In this way, the kingdom was to pass along from generation to generation smoothly and intact.
The submission and obedience due to the father, was also then inherited by the firstborn. This was to be observed by each succeeding generation of the family. Rampant sin caused interruptions and breakdowns in this system. But make no mistake, patriarchal customs, as well as the principle known as “the divine right of kings,” were all derived from this God-given ordinance. One man — more specifically, one male — was to ascend to the position of the head of the family.
In the old days, the men who presided over these extended families and generations were called the “chief fathers” (Num 31:26; 1Chr 9:34), or the “heads of the fathers’ houses” (Ex 6:14), or called by some similar title to this effect. Whenever there was an important issue of mutual concern, these “chief fathers” would meet to discuss the matter and arrive at some mutually beneficial resolution. These fathers were the links that bound the people together. Ultimately, where God’s people are concerned, there was to be one male, one head, one people, one nation, and one kingdom. God himself would select a man who was called, chosen, and ordained by Him to sit over all the chief fathers. This man represented and sat directly under God’s own supreme Fatherhood. That man was then anointed and called “King.” The King was the one who brought all the links and strands of the nation together for the common good.
This is the legacy and heritage of Jesus Christ. This is why his genealogy and lineage are twice given in the New Testament, once in Matthew 1:1-16, and once in Luke 3:23-38. Following original headship principles, it had to be established that Jesus Christ had a right to the kingdom — being a son of Abraham and heir to the throne of David in particular, as traced in Matthew — and to all the kingdoms of the earth, as established in Luke by tracing his lineage all the way back to Adam. By this, it was confirmed that Jesus is Lord and King over all the earth. And, the people were promised that if they loved and obeyed the Lord, and honored and obeyed their elders, then they would experience God’s blessing, and live long and prosperous lives (Deut 5:16; 11:13-15).
“Thus saith the Lord, ‘Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.’ ‘But they said, We will not walk therein.’ Also, I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.’ But they said, ‘We will not hearken.'” Jeremiah 6.16-17
How very sad!! God says to his people, “Follow the old ways and it will be well with you.” The people respond. “Nah !! We are NOT going to do that!” Then God says, “Well, heed the alarm of the watchman that I set among you to warn you.” And, the people say in effect, “Nah! We will not do that either. Leave us alone!!” Now mind you, this is not just the response of Isreal of old. This is our response today too. Jeremiah is principally a book about prophecy; that is, future events. This is not just speaking historically then. This is speaking universally and perennially. Jeremiah is speaking moreso to and about us, using the Jews of old as mediums and historical object lessons. The key is to understand that this is the response of human nature. And, human nature NEVER changes. As that famous old quote from the soldier on the front lines goes, “We have seen the enemy, and it is us.”
What’s left, then? The people reject both the word and the warnings. They’ve left themselves, and WE have left ourselves no out or avenue of redemption. Really, what can they reasonably expect, but doom and gloom? And remember, “they” in prophecy always includes “us.” All that they and we have remaining therefore, is the fulfillment of this word:
He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1 NKJV
“The old ways” God was talking about, are good paths laid down by Him from the beginning of time. They are the type of which, when we follow, we will know peace and rest for our souls.
Old versus New
The scripture lays out very real distinctions between the Old and New Testaments. But some things were meant to have a continuity between the two, and certain timeless ordinances are to be recognized unchanged throughout the ages. Jesus said,
“Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” Matthew 13:52
God’s ordinances of headship — of authority and submission — are among those “old ways” to be observed along with the new as “treasure things” — very precious things that never lose their value or luster. These are things that we should definitely include in our lifestyle on an ongoing basis. These chains of authority and submission, observed in the spirit of love and heartfelt honor, are links that strongly bind together families, generations, relationships, peoples, and nations. Headship principles are repeatedly affirmed and reiterated in the New Testament. To cite just a few:
“Wives be in subjection to your own husbands… For after this manner in THE OLD TIME the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands.” 1Pet 3.1,5
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Eph 5.22-23
Children, OBEY your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor your father and your mother, which is the first commandment with promise. Ephesians 6.1,2
Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Colossians 3.20
OBEY them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is UNPROFITABLE for you. Hebrews 13.17
‘Unprofitable’ here means problematic, counterproductive, hurtful, or even self-destructive. An unprofitable path is NOT the one we want to be on. It increases troubles, trials, tribulation, and miseries. Giving your ‘head’ grief could result in big headaches for you, literally — pun intended. The word says,
If we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord that we might not be condemned with the world… For this cause many among you are weak, and sickly, and many sleep. 1Cor 11.32,30
Behold, the negative consequences for being judged by the Lord for our disobedience — infirmity, sickness, and even ‘sleep.’ In this passage, ‘sleep’ means, “premature death.” So now, we are faced with an entire generation of believers with ever escalating rates of hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, cancers, migraine headaches, heart disease, mental and emotional disorders, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and a whole host of other chronic diseases. This is definitely not God’s best. But, we are being divinely judged, because we will not adhere to God’s word, nor follow His ways of old, nor even heed the warnings He gives us. We have ordered ourselves lives riddled with unnecessary misery and pain. We have condemned ourselves to this host of sad misfortunes. Because dishonor, disrespect, and disregard of God’s published ways is so rampant and widespread, therefore the world is sick, and getting sicker every day. When a person will not obey God’s word, they will be forced to answer to His hand.
Husbands and Wives
It has been said, “A chain is no stronger than its weakest link.” As goes the nuclear family, so goes the world at large. The chain of the nuclear family has three links.
Father > Mother > Children
The “head” of the body is symbolic of its identity, consciousness, coordination, and control. For this reason, the wife’s name is changed to that of her husband, with the added prefix, ‘Mrs.’ The Bible says, “The husband is the head of the wife” (Eph 5.23). To the husband is given lifelong rulership over his wife. He is put in charge of the general affairs of her life, and those of the children of his household. No!! This order and right was not taken away because of the first husband’s sin in the garden. For, right after their mutual fall, God said to the woman,
I will greatly multiply thy sorrow… Your desire shall be to your husband, and HE SHALL RULE OVER YOU. Gen 3.16
All Eve’s antics had not suspended God’s original order of headship and submission. Nor had Adam’s sin negated it. Likewise today, a man’s vulnerability to sin does not disqualify his rulership. For, the woman is equally, if not more so, susceptible to sin. The man is left in charge still. But, in fact, most Christian women nowadays give only lip service to this ordinance, if they give it that much, at all. Invariably, they skirt this by claiming that the husband has disqualified himself, for any number of reasons she relishes listing. If she has no readily apparent reasons for disobeying him, then she resorts to telling outrageous, whopping, bold-face lies against her husband. Then, she claims she has a self-appointed right to disregard him for those fabricated reasons. Or else, she dredges up every single misstep the man may have ever made from those first, fateful words, “I do,” and rehashes those. This is the typical woman’s submission-avoidance syndrome. For the man, this is a no-win scenario and a very dreadful experience. No wonder the Lord says, “Husbands, love your wives, and BE NOT BITTER against them” (Col 3.19).
To top it all off, after her shameless display of this perverse behavior, she then loudly and proudly proclaims that she is innocent of any and all wrongdoing. And, no matter how the man responds, this can create an atmosphere in the home that is very troubling, traumatic, confusing, and destabilizing to the children. When this happens, the wife constitutes a weakness that nothing but the grace and power of God must overcome. Indeed, the Lord can do it. For, He himself is the One “upholding all things by the Word of His power (Heb 1:3).”
Otherwise, the wife just explicitly and categorically denies that the husband occupies any legitimate place at all in God’s chain of command over her life. They traditionally claim the fact that they possess the Holy Spirit for themselves, therefore exempts them from having to obey their husbands. The voice of “women’s lib” prevails. At this point, they recognize the authority of NO WRITTEN WORD of God ordering them to obey the man. This is the height of self-serving delusional thinking. The written word ALWAYS applies to EVERYONE. This outright denial of explicit scriptures puts them squarely on the Devil’s ground, and entitles Satan to exercise all the reproofs that God himself wants to license. On the other hand, in the wilderness, Jesus himself fended off the devil by thrice firmly declaring, “IT IS WRITTEN…” (Matt 4:1-11).
In modern-day America, between the lies of Christian women, and the manifestos of feminist women, a man’s chances of garnering anything resembling the real honor afforded to the man of old times is slim and none. Let them tell it, “A man’s home is HER castle.” And, “Mother knows best.” But, in God’s order of life, the man is still first-created, and he is still the stronger vessel. That includes being stronger in fending off temptation. As it says, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression” (1Tim 2.13-14).
(You may be asking at this point, “If Adam was not deceived, then why did he eat of the forbidden fruit?” Adam ate out of his misguided love for his wife. He was literally heart-sick to know that she would “surely die” (Gen 2:17). The awareness that Eve was about to die and leave him alone again, quite literally overwhelmed him with grief. He had already considered every other creature in the world, and among them “there was not found an help meet for him” (Gen 2.19,20). That thought made him ready to “give up the ghost” (an old colloquialism for “lay down and die.”) From the moment that Adam had awakened to meet Eve, for him, it was “love at first sight.” And now, he seemed to be faced with what loomed as his greatest nightmare, an eternity to live with nothing better than a monkey to lie in his bosom at night. There’s an old song that goes, “How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm, after they’ve seen Pari’ (Paris) ?” There was no way that Adam was ever again going to be satisfied living on earth alone, after he had seen Eve. In his grief and limited knowledge, Adam made what appeared at the time to be the only logical decision; he would die with his wife. Because truly, he did not want to live without her. Eve was his love forever, and being made from his own flesh, she indeed was his one and fatal weakness. This, in my identification with Adam as a husband, and in my Spirit-filled opinion, was what was in Adam’s mind).
At this point, let me pause to ask my female readers a question. Does this scenario between husbands and wives seem far fetched to you? Do you believe that I am taking a hyper male-chauvinist point of view? Then, let me assure you that this is no fiction here, nor is it merely any one man’s isolated experience. I wrote this not as an autobiographical account, though I have experienced these things first-hand in my many years of marriage. But, this is a social commentary, a spiritual exposé, and an outline of the general state of affairs in the American community today. This is commonly what is reported to me by the vast majority of men that I have associated with and counseled through the years. It is a current report on the daily, ONGOING relationships between men and their wives. This sad exchange between spouses is indeed a faithful documentary and outline of the display of the female “submission-avoidance syndrome” (FSAS) activity today. This was just a synopsis of the typical manifestation of a FSAS event. Today, we commonly describe this syndrome as the “spirit of Jezebel.” Perhaps, this is a mirror being held up to you for the first time. And, this behavior has become pandemic in America, even and most especially among “Bible-believing, saved, Christian” women.
God Has Chosen the Weak
As the word declares, the woman is “the weaker” of the man-wife chain-link. Albeit, that is absolutely no problem in God’s spiritual economy. As it is written,
God hath CHOSEN the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. (1 Corinthians 1:27)
So, the beat goes on, in spite of any schemes the devil may hatch against her and her family. And, the husband must simply learn to roll with the punches. Though at times, it may certainly appear that he is all but “out for the count.” As it says,
Likewise, you husbands, live with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as unto the WEAKER vessel… 1Pet 3:7
This comparison of husbands and wives should be understood in terms of the technical definition of strength versus weakness, as given in a basic physics class. This means, all other things being relatively equal between them, the woman will REACH HER BREAKING POINT before the man will. That includes her spiritual breaking point, her psychological breaking point, her volitional breaking point, her mental (deductive reasoning ability) breaking point, her emotional breaking point, as well as her physical breaking point and limitation.
Any woman who believes her female makeup is as strong as a man’s is woefully unobservant, willfully ignorant, stubbornly delusional, or just plain pitifully brainwashed by this modern wave of feminist propaganda. The equality of the sexes, in terms of their relative strength, is an out and out lie. But, women do have equal access to God’s love, his grace, his forgiveness, his Spirit, his power, blessings, and glory. But, within the framework of the human race and family, in terms of their relative strength and their right to rule, women are NOT created equal in this world. Any woman who does not like this God-given order, is free to remain single. Even Paul admitted that a woman who has been widowed should seriously consider remaining unmarried. Because, as he said, “…she is happier if she remains as she is, in my opinion” (1Cor 7.40 HCSB).
Where Does It All End?
When and under what circumstances does a man’s authority over his family cease? In the case of a husband and wife, the man’s authority terminates at the grave or at the bench of divorce court (Rom 7.2; 1Cor 7.39).
In the case of a father-son relationship, the father’s authority ends only at the father’s grave, or else it ends wherever the Heavenly Father directly takes over the son’s life. (This involves very precise principles of discipleship which are outside the scope of this general treatment). In the case of a father-daughter relationship, the father’s authority also ends when the father dies, or else it ends when the daughter takes a husband, who then assumes the immediate headship over her life. Modern society creates many roadblocks to these principles. Scripture does say that an apocalyptic, end-time entity it calls the “little horn” (Dan 7:8,24) of the “fourth beast” (Dan 7:7,23) would arise who would “think to change times and laws” (Dan 7.25). Man, O man, is that evermore what we have going on here !!! Time and circumstance also may dilute the effect of a father’s headship, so that it becomes in essence immaterial. Nevertheless, statutorily (according to God’s written word), a husband’s and father’s headship does remain intact until his death.
Concerning women’s affairs, in Numbers 30:3-16, Moses gives a whole list of specific instances when a woman’s choices may be either confirmed or overruled by her husband or father. This list also gives detailed instructions separately to wives, to daughters, to divorcees, and to widows. If in doubt as to whether a man’s authority has direct bearing on a situation, a woman should consult God’s word there. There, even the subject of a woman’s ministry decisions and oversight are addressed specifically.
A Room Without a Roof
A man’s authority over his family has often been likened to an umbrella of protection, or to a roof sheltering them from the elements. And, many an anxious young person has often been heard to say, “I can’t wait to get out from under this roof!” Very often teenagers, while coming of age, do typically have run-ins with their parents’ authority, and they can have very negative feelings about those conflicts, which can linger well over into adulthood. But, does a change of address really make them free from their father’s authority? Does starting a career and moving away set them free? What does the Bible have to say about that?
Let’s consider. A roof is a covering of protection, extending over the lengths and breadth of the whole house. It has been assumed that estate represents the boundaries of the father’s authority. But, the Bible describes a man in this way:
And a man SHALL BE as an hiding place from the wind, and A COVER from the tempest; as… the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Isaiah 32:2 NKJV
That’s not just inferring that a man’s authority is LIKE a roof that the father provides. It is saying that the father may not only provide a roof, but it is saying that the father himself IS THE ROOF. His very life provides covering, shelter, and refuge from the harmful elements of life. It is a simple matter to see that the father’s “roof” provides shelter when we were children — shelter from nakedness, from hunger, from predators, and from the cruel elements of nature. But we must understand, that God also appointed him later in adult life to shelter us from error, from deception, from spiritual predators and traps of all shapes and forms, from divine judgment, from manipulation by others, and from subtly camouflaged paths in life that would actually lead us to destruction. Knowledge such as this can only be acquired through Spirit-filled time and experience. If we are a godly people, we actually do get wiser as we get older. My mother (now in her 90’s) actually says, “You don’t learn how to live till you turn fifty (50).” So, the father’s most high-quality years as a shelter for his family, are really his more mature years, after his children are grown and have kids of their own.
Another scripture, Isaiah 16:4, says this:
“Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; BE THOU A COVERT to them from the face of the spoiler…”
This scripture confirms then that God does indeed view men as living coverings of protection. So, contrary to many a-weary, freedom-seeking teenager’s hope, a change of address or a personal income won’t liberate them from their father’s authority, for the father himself IS the roof God has placed over them. And, that covering extends as far and wide as the father’s very lifespan does. Staying under one’s covering of protection, keeps you in “the safety zone.” And, understanding that purpose of a man, you would no more want to get out from under his shelter, than you would want to step outside the house into a raging hurricane.
This principle actually operates spiritually and secretly whether we believe in it or realize it or not. Even throughout our adult years, a father’s ongoing, prayerful oversight remains the single-most invisible yet impactful influence over our earthly state of affairs. But, we would experience much more peace and well-being, if we acknowledged that and voluntarily cooperated with it. The only way to ever get out from under the man’s covering is to outlive him (which every child naturally should), or satisfy one of the other Biblical criteria; such as, when a daughter becomes a wife. Then, she safely steps out from under the shelter of her father, unto the shelter of her husband.
My Roof’s Got A Hole in It
There was an old song that said, “Oh no, don’t let the rain come down. My roof’s got a hole in it, and I might drown.” Now, understanding that men are roofs that God has placed over our lives, you can see why it is so vitally important for a man/husband/father to avoid sin. Sin exposes the man to negative consequences in life and weakens his spiritual constitution. These negative consequences are God’s reproofs. In other words, sin pokes holes in the roof. The scripture says, “The ear that hears the reproof of life, abides among the wise” (Prov 15:31). And, this principle clearly became the reason for the development in old time of this now defunct proverb, “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge” (Ez 18:2). Men, you must realize that your sin is not just a private affair. Your choices affect your seed in some way, shape, or form. When a man sins, he just starts troubles rolling down the chain of his life.
Consider this. It is in God’s very nature to requite heartache for heartache. The scripture says, the Lord “…visit[s] the iniquity of the fathers unto the children unto the third and fourth generation” (Ex 20:5, brackets mine). That doesn’t mean that God punishes children for fathers’ sins, but rather He sets the same propensities or weaknesses for sin in the children. In other words, men, the same way you broke God’s heart with your sin, is the exact same way your kids are going to be prone to break yours. You will see it and feel it again, with regrets. You shall reap what you sow (Gal 6:7). In this way, sin tends to go down the line, and affect other links of the chain.
This principle, however, is often wholly suspended by God’s amazing grace. Children may inherit certain negative propensities from their parents, but by the grace of God, the power of His Spirit, and a God-fearing heart, they don’t have to yield to those temptations. Remember, God chooses weakness to display His power through. So, the areas of an individual’s weaknesses, can become the occasions of their greatest testimonies. In the chronicles of faith, the scripture declares that there were many who “out of weakness were made strong” (Heb 11:34).
To be balanced, know that not all sickness and misfortune is because of sin. There’s absolutely no guarantee that a person’s trouble has anything at all to do with sin (John 9:1-4). Trouble is just a natural part of this life (Job 5:7), and on casual observation you cannot tell the origin of it (Eccl 9:1). Job is a perfect example of this. Therefore, Jesus said, “Judge not according to the appearance” (John 7:24). But, when trouble comes, do take inventory. It’s only right to maintain habits of vigilant self-inspection (1Cor 11.31).
What’s the Point?
The real aim of all authority is not to simply restrict liberty. To better understand authority in principle, let’s take a look at what God’s word says about it in general.
Romans 13:1-7 NKJV
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.
In short, “For he is God’s minister to you for good” (verse 4a). Or, as police departments around the country put it, the authority has been put in place “To Protect and Serve.” That is the better part of why God ordained and delegated authority in the first place. They are not given with a view to ruin your life, but to aid and enhance it in many ways. As the word further declares,
For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for EDIFICATION and not for your destruction… For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 2Cor 10:8; 13:8
In every way, authority is for the benefit of man. It is appointed to build up your life, to protect it, to foster truth, and generally be a physical, visible manifestation of what the invisible God does for you. Authorities were also given, to fight against your enemies. The word declares,
For he must reign (that is, exercise authority), till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1Cor 15:25 KJV (parenthesis mine)
Authorities wage war against our enemies, until our enemies are no more. Staying submitted to proper authority, therefore, shields us from our enemies. If you receive, embrace, and submit to them in the name of the Lord (and God commands you to do so), then you will be wise indeed, and become heir to all the boons and blessings of the kingdom. But, if you resist, reject, and deny, then you will inherit a multitude of sorrows and woes. For, God takes your response to his delegated authorities very, very personally. Therefore, be sure to pause, pray, and think twice, before you openly resist authority, understanding that saying ‘No’ to any of his delegates is viewed as saying ‘No’ to God Himself.
The Acid Test
Does this message rub you the wrong way? Does it “stick in your claw?” Perhaps, there is a voice of protest inside your head that is saying,
“But sir, in the GRAND SCHEME of things, these principles are ALL a part of the FALL.”
If that is what you are saying, then don’t look now, but you are officially a part of the problem. You are espousing unbiblical beliefs and practices. Because, if that is what you are saying, then your position equates to: “The NEW TESTAMENT and its principles are ALL a part of the FALL.” To the contrary, the New Testament is the record of our redemption FROM the fall. And, I have gone to great lengths here citing passages and showing that the New Testament (NT) COMMANDS these things too.
What you should know is that the New Testament OBJECTIVELY shows us mortal, short-sighted, flesh-and-blood human beings how to escape the great mess and the negative consequences of the fall. The NT is veritable, standard, objective, unbiased, universal, inerrant, immutable, and eternal TRUTH. As Jesus said, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17). And, if the NT is not, then— what is our objective authority? If truth is only subjective — what you FEEL it is — then, it changes with the individual’s emotions and their circumstances. If that’s what you believe, then you’ve become a proponent of “Relative Values” and “Situational Ethics.” The Bible, especially the New Testament, IS objective authority for all who would follow Christ today. And, if you purport to be a follower of Christ, then you must acknowledge and obey the words of the New Testament. As it says,
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
1 Corinthians 14.37
Patriarchy or Democracy
Can these principles be transferred to democracy? Perhaps a little awkwardly, but certainly. Yes, they can be. Here’s God’s blueprint for doing so.
14 “When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you may indeed set a king over you whom the Lord your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother… 17 And he shall not … acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.
18 “And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, approved by the… priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up (be humble) above his brothers, and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel. Deuteronomy 17:14 – 20 ESV
So, children of God, I ask you. Is this what we have done? Is this how we approached the last presidential election? Many of our most beloved and revered Christian leaders told their followers things along the following lines.
“Well, it looks like a choice between the lesser of two evils. We’ve got a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. I’ll tell you what I’m going to do, but you make your own decision. On election day, I’m just going to throw my head back, hold my nose, and flip the lever for Donald Trump. Pay no attention to his potty mouth. At least, he’s said that he’s going to look out for our Christian values and interests.”
Is this God’s blueprint? Is that what we just read we are to do in Deuteronomy 17? Did our leaders confirm that President Trump is indeed our spiritual “brother” in Christ (Deut 17:15)? Did they even care? Does President Trump fit the requirement of a leader who journals his personal Bible study notes every day (Deut 17:18,19)? Does he even claim to read the Bible daily? Does he seem like a genuinely humble man to you (Deut 17:20)? Have we been reduced all the way down to totally ignoring God’s principles for choosing our leaders? Historically, how did expressly DISOBEYING and IGNORING God ever work out for the children of Israel?? How do we get back to doing things God’s way? Brothers and sisters, we are in big trouble!!! We have lost our way. And, now it is evident to me personally that we have totally lost this country. So, what are we going to do now? Anyway, I will leave those questions to your prayerful consideration, while I sum up this lesson on God’s best outline of chosen headship principles.
With respect to headship principles, we would do well if we returned to “the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein” (Jer 6.16). That would mean that wives honestly and truly obey their husbands for a lifetime. Children would obey their fathers, until the man himself expires. And last, but most importantly, the men obey God, at all times. For, God has indeed assured and reassured us throughout the pages of the New Testament, that these are everlasting principles for his people. Faithfulness in headship duties is what powerfully bonds us to the links below. Acknowledgment of our role of submission is what keeps us properly aligned to the file leaders above. These priceless, irreplaceable, and indispensable foundational principles are what make the world work. Demonstrating a willing and obedient submission to the authority figures placed in our life is what links us securely to God’s power from above, establishes us squarely in the network of life and love, and solidifies our prosperity in God’s plan for our lives. Doing this will definitely put us out of step with modern American culture, but it will ultimately bring us into peace and favor with God. And, that is ultimately where we want to be. Right? Think about it.
Do you need to be linked up to eternal life? Do you want to be a part of the chains that set you free? That hook-up is totally free of charge. It will cost you nothing at all but a repentant heart.. All you have to do is pray the following prayer.
Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open my heart and life now to receive you as Savior and Lord. Come in and take control of my life. Give me your Holy Spirit. Come and make me the kind of person you meant for me to be. Amen.
Did you pray that prayer? Then, on the solid-rock foundation of simple child-like faith, I now pronounce you a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. Mark this date on your calendar. It’s the first day of your eternal life. Congratulations! And welcome to the family.
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If you are already a Christian, but are in need of repentance and rededication, then pray this prayer,
Lord Jesus, please forgive me not serving you the way that I should. I open up my heart now, and give you full access and control. Have your way, Lord. Cleanse me from my all sin and idolatry. Fill me with your Holy Spirit again. Renew me, Lord. Make me the kind of person and servant I ought to be. Amen.
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