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Submission
And when to lead

There is nothing wrong with submission, in fact it's a good thing.  Correct submission requires humility which is a great strength.  To be a great leader, one must also know how to be a great follower.  Everywhere there is authority and higher authority, it's the natural order of things.  That's because God created everything with a hierarchy.

In the Godhead, there is God the father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, which represents a hierarchy.  In the Bible, Jesus, who is second in the hierarchy, would always yield to the Father,

"And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39
Jesus is the High Priest, the head of the Church, sitting at the right hand of the Father, God manifest in the flesh, the leader of the Christian faith and the name above all names (Philippians 2:10), the leader of all, but here Jesus submits to the will of the Father, not as 'I will', but as 'thou'.

Jesus, the leader, always submits to the will of the Father,
And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.” John 8:29
There is nothing wrong with correct submission.  It's Gods natural order to have a hierarchy.

In the Godhead there is God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit

In Angels there are Archangels and then Angels.

In mankind, there is man, and then woman.

Archangels and Angels

The Bible speaks of three archangels, two which are still in Heaven and one that is fallen.  The two in Heaven are the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.  Satan, who was once Lucifer, is the fallen Archangel who rebelled against God.

Satan's crime was of rebelling, rebelling against the natural order, the hierachy established by God,
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.Isaiah 14:14
Not being able to submit, Satan sought equality to God, that is to 'be like' God.  This caused the fall of Lucifer, to be now Satan, who, along with his Angels, which are now devils, are bound to be cast into the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41).

Man is the head of woman

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him."  Genesis 2:18

The purpose of the creation of women was to be a help meet to her husband, man.  Man was created to serve God, and woman was created to serve man.

“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.” Ephesians 5:23
In the heirarchy that God has created, man is the head of the wife, and Christ is the head of the man.  Now, this does not mean that a man is to order a woman about, Christ is the head of the church, and Christ loves us, yes, we are to obey Him, but he also loves us and is kind to us, such as it should be with man to wife,
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” Ephesians 5:25
As Christ loved the Church and gave himself for it, so are husbands to love their wives.  However, when push comes to shove, it is the wife who is to submit to the husband.
"Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.”
In a marriage, someone has to take the role of leader, to make the final decision, two heads cannot make a marriage work.  Everyone has different roles, there is nothing wrong in submitting to the correct rule and the correct order, without order there is chaos.

Submitting to Employers

Consider a place of employment, you have management and you have workers.  In order to keep your job, you have to obey the manager.  Does this make you any less of a person?  Of course not.  In a court of law we are both as much as people as each other - manager and worker, we both have the same human rights, but there is a hierarchy in place.  In order to keep your job, you have to obey the manager, and perform your employment duties.
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour." Romans 13:7
I myself have a female manager.  Now as to the opinion of whether or not a female should be a manager can be debated, however the fact is that my manager is female, so in the context of employment I obey my manager.  This does not make me any less of a man.  This is a secular context and I have to live in a secular world.  By submitting to the authority in a secular work context, I am displaying my own humility and I am doing the job I am paid to do, regardless of whether that secular manager is male or female.  This submission to my role of employee and manager does not weaken me, but makes me more powerful.  I am authoritive and I know my job well, I am able to lead and to follow.
“Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,” Titus 3:1
We are to obey the higher powers (Romans 13:1) for they themselves must answer to God (Hebrews 13:17).

Rebelling against God ordained authority is to rebel against God.
“Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.”  Romans 13:2
However, in a marriage context, the husband is to be the head of the wife.  To do otherwise is to rebel against God ordained authority.  A woman who does not obey and support her husband, like it or not, is rebelling against God.  There's nothing wrong with being submissive, as mentioned, it takes humility which is a great strength.  In matters of marriage, the wife has the power of influence over the husband, as much as I have the power of influence over my manager at work.  A marriage cannot work with two heads, someone has to take charge and have the final say.  A good Christian husband will love and honour and listen to his wife, as a partnership, but when push comes to shove, it is the man who is to be in charge.

I've heard some talk about this, for instance, a female friend (married) said to me, 'No man is going to tell me what to do!'  It is not my place to get involved, but on explaining the role of hierarchy, and how correct submission is a strength, it appeared to make sense.  From experience, a woman who is rebelling against her husband, is influenced by media pressure, or influence from perhaps well meaning but meddling friends.  In my experience, a woman who is rebelling against her husband is rarely in a happy marriage.

Female Pastors

"But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." 1 Timothy 2:12
In matters of the faith, there are no Biblical grounds for a woman assuming an authoritative role over men.  The God given authority is that men are to lead in the church, and women are to follow.  Again, this act of surrender does not make a woman any less of a woman, we are all one under Christ (Galatians 3:28), but indeed makes her more of a woman, for she is fulfilling her womanly Biblical role.  Women are not inferior in any way, we simply have different roles as Christians, as people.  Even amongst the men in the Church there are different roles, because not all men are Teachers and Elders.

It may be that a part of the reason that women are not to have authority over men in matters of faith is due to the differences in male and female.  Women may be more susceptible to false influence than men, due to the nature of their creation, in that they are naturally inclined to be a help meet to their husbands.  If Eve can be more influenced by Adam (as with Adam and Eve), then she can be more receptive to assisting Adam with his interests and endeavours.  Whatever the reason may be, wherever there are false teachings, such as speaking in tongues, physical (faith) healings disappointing thousands of people with false hope, the Holy Spirit 'speaking in airwaves', New Age teaching, psychology over Bible truths, one typically finds a woman influenced into promoting it or supporting it,
"For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." 1 Timothy 2:13-14
Many women are looking for a 'sign from God' because they are looking in the wrong places.  We are saved by grace, through recognising our guilt as sinners and believing on Jesus, who without sin, died on the cross for our sins, and bodily rose three days later, and by believing on Him and Him alone as our only way into Heaven, we have eternal life.  Salvation is a gift, which is seperate from discipleship, which is a difficult path to try to walk as a Christian.  To try to walk as a Christian, we draw closer to God, and have fellowship with Him, but to be in rebellion against God, one will feel further away from God, hence women in rebellion, trying to assume the God ordained role of men, look more and more for signs and spectacles, because in rebellion, ie, trying to usurp the roles given to Christian men, they do not have the fellowship with God that they seek.
Women were vital to the early Pentecostal movement.[126] Believing that whoever received the Pentecostal experience had the responsibility to use it towards the preparation for Christ's second coming, Pentecostal women held that the baptism in the Holy Spirit gave them empowerment and justification to engage in activities traditionally denied to them.[127][128] The first person at Parham's Bible college to receive Spirit baptism with the evidence of speaking in tongues was a woman, Agnes Ozman.[127][129][130] Women such as Florence Crawford, Ida Robinson, and Aimee Semple McPherson founded new denominations, and many women served as pastors, co-pastors, and missionaries.[131]
Source: Wikipedia Pentecostalism
The first person to speak 'in tongues' in modern times was a woman, Agnes Ozman in 1901.  The idea of modern speaking 'in tongues' in what is known as Pentecostalism, is that speaking in an unknown language is the sign that a person has received the Holy Spirit and is therefore born again.  There are a few things wrong with this.  In the Bible, speaking 'in tongues' involved a person (the Apostles) speaking in their own language, and the mulitude of people in the crowd, coming from all over the world, heard the Apostles as if they were speaking in their very own tongue.  The Apostles did not speak different languages, it was the people who each heard in their own native language!

To give an example, if I were to speak English in the company of a Norwegian, a Spaniard, and a German, they would all hear me speak in their own tongue, that is, the Norwegian would hear Norwegian, the Spaniard would hear Spanish, and the German would hear German, whilst I was speaking in English. It is really hearing in tongues rather than speaking in tongues.  What the Pentecostal movement do is not speaking in tongues at all.  It involves one person speaking in a language that no one understands, not even the person speaking it.  This is not being demonstrated as something from the Holy Spirit!  And if a power is not from God then it is from the devil, for God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints (1 Corinthians 14:33).  Another thing to consider is that there were many gifts of the Holy Spirit, and not all people had all gifts, so not only is what is presented as being tongues incorrect, but also not every person would receive tongues.  Furthermore, even as it does not demonstrate tongues from a Biblical perspective, and not every believer would have tongues, it is also the least of the gifts,
"And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." Corinthians 12:28
Teaching the word of God is a greater gift than even miracles.  A further thing to note is that when Paul speaks of tongues, he also speaks of the gift of tongues, in that, some people have the gift of being able to learn several languages.  Paul himself could speak several languages.  Some people just have an aptitude to learn multiple languages, which again is different from speaking in ones own native tongue whilst everyone else hears in their native tongue at the same time.  There is nothing in the Charismatic speaking in tongues movement which is supported by Biblical tongues.

Respect for Elders

"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." 1 Peter 5:5
We are to give respect to elders.  The phrase 'respect for your elders' is no doubt falling out of fashion amongst todays society, along with respect, and humility in general, but older people have had more experience in life to learn things, if not by their successes, then by their mistakes, or simply that they've managed to weather the storm of this difficult life, with the experiences and afflictions that come with age, for longer.  We should have respect and submit ourselves to their counsel, giving them respect, being kind to those who are older.

Submission in Sports

One of the reasons that team sports are encouraged, although not in a Biblical sense, is that it helps to develop correct submission.  In sport, one has to at times be the helper of another, at other times to be the person rising up to take the shot at goal, to take the lead at the front.  Sports can be a good way to teach both the ability to lead and to follow.

Conclusion

Knowing when to submit goes hand in hand with knowing when and how to lead.

Submission to higher authorities is correct.  It's the natural order of life that hierarchies exist, that it's God ordained.  Submission requires humility and humility entails strength, which is a great truth, which not many people seem to realise, because they are afraid of appearing weak (insecurity) if they do give way, or because they just want their own way (which is arrogant, childish, adults understand that it's more than just themself involved).  We're happy when we're humble and when we accept we're flawed, and we can both lead and follow appropriately.  If we know how to follow, we deserve and understand how to lead when required, if not at least by being an example.  To not follow authority and God given hierarchy is rebellion.  It's the ungodly in this world which promotes rebellion.  Whether it's rebellion against parents, rebellion against law, rebellion against male authority (feminism), rebellion against employers, rebellion against elders, rebellion against marriage, even rebellion without a cause.

 

james dean rebel without a cause


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I will rather instead of rebelling against things that work, for no particular reason, and therefore having a bad attitude towards my elders, parents, governing authorities, employers, my style of dress, and fellow people, I'll instead continue to try to live upright, have correct submission when required, follow the word of God, look to when to lead and when to follow, perform my duties, and be a manly man.  To not be arrogant and high minded, self absorbed.

There's one time when a Christian should not follow the hierarchy when required, that's when we take orders from the highest hierarchy, God Himself,
“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
The Apostles responded in such a manner, rebelling against the governers, because they had been told not to teach in the name of Jesus.  In the case of authority, we are far better to obey authority of people that not, because it's Godly ordained, so that none can speak of us with reproach, and for our conscience, but only when mans law does not contradict Gods law, and from which in history there have been many martyrs (William Tyndale).  God is the highest authority of all, and the truth is the truth.  Those authorities who rule poorly will have to answer themselves to God (Hebrews 13:17).

Some of the powers in this world are indeed Satanic, and we should battle them.  All authority comes from God, as God is the highest authority.  Satan does have some power, but only that which is granted by God until such time that Satan is bound.  We should obey authorities, only battling that which we come across as devil influenced, going against that which is of God,
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12
It's against that which is influenced by Satan, and indeed Satan himself, with the Bible as our weapon and the Holy Spirit within us, that we battle, against powers, principalities, spiritual wickedness.  We don't get caught up in fighting silly nonesense.

Most 'subversive', 'rebellious' acts are really acts intended to contravene the natural law, indeed, which is natures law, which is ironic considering many of those who rebel would claim not to believe in God, but to follow nature.  If this is true, they would have respect for the natural law (feminists would not fight men, perverts would not fight decency), but really what it is, is that they, sadly, do not subscribe to anything, but hate God, being influenced by Satan.  Everyone must be judged in the end, I do wish people would find God and the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the only way to Heaven, and the peace of God.
“When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.”  Proverbs 16:7







7th August 2017

 

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