Submission to church leadership
Submission to Church Leadership
What is the definition of submission in the biblical context
and what is submission to church leadership? Does that include
blind submission in the event where we disagree with them?
Also, could you supply me with links to websites or articles
pertaining to the subject above?
Submission in the biblical context must be referenced by "speaking
the truth in love", which applies to all relationships. And speaking
the truth in love begins with our submission to the Lordship of
Christ. Only His Spirit can discern and apply what is true, and His
Love is the only adequate motivation.
I suggest a careful consideration of Galatians 5:19-6:1-5. It is
possible to be consumed with our own self-interest when evaluating
others, so that we need biblical criteria by which to decide whether
we actually have a valid case to present to them.
Gal. 5:19-25 lists specific "acts of the sinful nature" from which we
all need to "be restored".
Gal. 6:1-5 makes clear we need first to evaluate our own hearts,
confessing any sins of the flesh.
Then we need to further "keep in step with the Spirit", allowing Him
to produce in us the fruit listed in 5:22,23. I believe that is the
qualification referred to as "you who are spiritual" (6:1)
This equips us with humility and compassion, and reminds us of our
mutual need to "live by the Spirit", so that we may be true
burden-bearers, honest "brokers" of truth and Love.
If we follow these steps, we will be experiencing redemptive submission.
I pray that will be your experience, Evelyn. You will no doubt hear
from others on our team, who will undoubtedly be more helpful.
"The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of
a deer, he enables me to go on the heights." (Hab. 3:19)
Joy and grace for your journey,
The "church" in the New Testament was a fellowship of believers led by
"Elders". These were men meeting qualifications of godly behavior
described in I Tim 3:1-7, I Peter 5:1-4, Titus 1:5-9. They were not
"hired" officials such as in government or a club. They were
servants, not "rulers". Christ set the example of being a servant one
could easily submit to and trust. Unfortunately through the years the
christian movement became political and a profession. Official titles
were given. If you are fortunate to be in a fellowship with mature
biblical leaders it should be easy to follow their leadership. They
will be your servant, not your ruler. There also comes a point for
any believer to "obey God and not man" if someone is asking for
obedience contrary to clear biblical principals. The Christian
fellowship is not a Levitical system with a priesthood. We submit to
one another, children submit to parents, slaves submit to masters, we
submit to government, wives submit to husbands. All of this is in
context to following Christ and being a servant to one another and not
rebelling against government. You do need wisdom and awareness of
biblical principals to avoid blind obedience as you stated. I wish