Church Refugee Sanity Guide – Part Six: 'Revisiting Authority and Submission Outside of Traditional Structures'

Authority and Submission

Revisiting Authority and Submission

When individuals decide not to attend a traditional church structure, they are often challenged by others as being “out from under authority or “not in submission” or “out from spiritual covering” or similar threats and warnings. Starting with a quick look at some church history, this lesson deconstructs some common teaching on these topics. These things should not be defined by church meetings, church activities, rank, hierarchy, and position in a system. Rather, in Christ’s kingdom authority and submission must be defined by relational trust, love,  and expressed in an ethos of family. Where love abounds, all these other things happen effortlessly and without a need for emphasis.


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2 comments on “Church Refugee Sanity Guide – Part Six: 'Revisiting Authority and Submission Outside of Traditional Structures'

    • Hi Carie, this particular lesson was confined mostly to church related issues. There is no direct correlation between church relationships and a marriage. Second, a marriage is not, or should not be defined by authority and submission. Framing questions about marriage with that presuppositional outlook will distort things from the start. Lastly Without knowing more of the specific situation, I cannot intelligently comment. Every marriage circumstance is different. There are no one size-fits-all answers and I do not believe in what is called “role theology.”

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