Tag Archive for Authority

Sound Counsel

Authority for what you would believe and practice is essential for the security of your soul! (Matthew 15:8,9; 16:26).

Demand citation of authority and always look up Bible verses cited by teachers and preachers to see if what is taught is true. (Acts 17:11).


What Does God Say About Baptism?

  • Fulfills righteousness. Matthew 3:15
  • Saves us. Mark 16:15,16; 1 Peter 3:21
  • Answer of a good conscience toward God. 1 Peter 3:21
  • For remission of sins. Acts 2:38
  • Washes away sin. Acts 22:16
  • How all become children of God. Galatians 3:26,27
  • By faith puts into Christ. Galatians 3:26,27
  • Entry point into Christ’s body, the church. 1 Corinthians 12:13; Ephesians 1:22,23; Ac.2:40,41,47

With all the good things that God says in the Bible about baptism above, why do so many religious teachers denigrate it as a “work of men” and deny it’s necessity?  Consider the Lord’s response to Peter in this regard in Mark 8:31-33.

Concerning the baptism John taught and administered (Mark 1:4), Jesus asked, The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me (Mark 11:28-32).  And we ask concerning baptism as taught by Christ and His apostles, “Is it from heaven or men?”  Being from heaven, all men need to submit it to be saved (Mark:16:15-16).    HJS


“Doctrine Is Not Important.”

Imagine if our child’s school teacher said, “The teaching is not important.”  Would you want your child taught by such a teacher?

Why do religious leaders say this when God’s inspiration had Paul say, As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.” 1Timothy 1:3-4     HJS



True Worship First Pleases God

The purpose of worship is to show devotion to God.  How could something be worship if it ignores what God requests and is done to please the “worshiper” in his own desires?  Love demands that we not ignore what God wants in worship for our own preferences.

When Cain chose to not make his devotion as God had directed, he sinned and the worship was refused.  See Ge. 4:1-7; He.11:4.  John says that Cain’s works were evil (1Jn.3:12).

When the priests, sons of Aaron, offered devotion to God in a way that God had not authorized, they were devoured by fire (Le. 10:1,2).  Moses reminded his brother that those who would approach God in worship must respect, or sanctify Him, so glorifying Him (Le.10:3).  God looks for men and women who will worship Him with true devotion and in the manner He prescribes.

Jesus said, But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (Jn. 4:23-24).

If worship is made according to man’s preference and pleasure, but not as God directs, how can it really glorify or honor Him?  It cannot.  In truth, Christ warns that following man’s teaching in worship and not in true devotion to God is vain or wasted.  Read His condemnation of some in Matthew 15:8, 9:

Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

One does not worship God from the heart who exalts the teachings and practices of men (including his own) over God’s.  It cannot be in the right spirit or according to truth.  One must be concerned more with honoring God and His words than pleasing himself or others in worship.

It is possible to know how God desires us to worship Him; by studying and following the teaching and records of worship in the Bible.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works (2Tm.3:16-17).  Acceptable worship must first be pleasing to God.       HJS


Respect For Christ’s Authority

Jesus declares, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18).  By inspiration Paul wrote of Christ that the Father hath put all things under His feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church (Ephesians 1:22-23).  Just as the head of the physical body is the source of authority or the controlling part of the body, so Christ has all authority in the church.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:17).

We should not doubt the necessity of obedience because Christ has all authority.  We shouldn’t question the need of baptism , for Christ said, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned (Mark 16:16).  To question this statement or any other would be to question the authority of Christ.  Jesus asks, And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? (Luke 6:46).  He is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him (Hebrews 5:9).

No one can accept Christ without accepting His authority.  No one can really respect His authority without obeying His commands.  To question His right to command us or to fail to obey those commandments, places our souls in jeopardy.  Let us FULLY accept the authority of Christ.          HJS