Rev. William J. Logan

Power: Directed force applied to an object to cause it to move, i.e., a vehicle or inanimate object as well as lifeless objects such as thoughts, desires and etc., to accomplish a defined purpose.

Authority: Permission or ordination from an entity, who by reason of creation of a thing owns it. Right given by said entity to perform a delegated responsibility within that created existence. It may be said it is proper for the creator to delegate authority involving or concerning his creation. Therefore it becomes his property to give that right.

The former requires discipline (self restraint, called meekness in Scripture) and morality to prevent abuse of the force or unjustified use of it. To assume power over a person or thing and to use that power to weaken, inflict pain (either emotional or physical) to force that person to submit to one’s will is usurpation and abuse of power.

The latter requires an equal level of discipline as well as obedience and loyalty to the author.

Perfection: Be ye therefore perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. [Mat. 5:48] When perfection ceases to be the goal, who assumes the seat of power and what becomes the authority by which it is determined how much imperfection is permissible and in what particular direction. By default, each person who allows the goal to be moved becomes god. To their sorrow, that was Adam and Eve’s discovery and they were expelled from paradise. It was to their dismay, not their joy that they became aware of it.

Scripture claims that God is greater than his creation. The heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; [I Kings 8:27] According to Scripture God also created mankind and in his own image or likeness. That is construed to refer to a moral likeness primarily as well as possession of certain abilities to create within the parameters or laws of His physical creation.

It follows that a perfect creator would surely possess the properties, the perfect knowledge, wisdom and power necessary to preserve His creation under any conditions and know all of its bounds and limitations.

It follows as well; He who is called God owns the universe and everything in it by reason of creation and therefore knows all the intricacies as well as nuances of the entire creation. He, being perfect is therefore possessed of the wisdom and power to order its functions. He knew the intent and purpose of His creation and everything which would occur in it. He also knew every variable of those events. This statement stands on its own and is irrefutable: the perfect creator is greater than his creation. There is nothing in the outflow of that creation which disappoints or surprises Him.

God is the single eternal being and manifests Himself in three persons. “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heavens and the earth.” Since He created them, God owns all creatures (i.e., created beings as opposed to eternal beings), both those with a choice, will (rational ability), those that are fashioned with instinct (animals) and angelic beings (messengers).

He is constantly worshipped by His angelic creatures. He alone is worthy of worship from and He desires fellowship with all His rational creatures. (He…”is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”) God establishes a relationship with those reasoning creatures who will submit human reason to His Divine wisdom and become redeemed.

The properties of God are explained in systematic theology as those things which are proper to his extreme majesty, wisdom, power and eternal existence. All His properties are of importance it is only two of those properties that are involved primarily in this discourse. Those two are: God is Love and God is Just. He has obligated Himself through His Word and therefore must satisfy both those properties in all His dealings with His creatures.

He must meet this criterion because He is also TRUTH! That is construed to mean in Him there is neither fault, blemish nor imperfection. In the ancient creeds it was affirmed “His will is ever directed toward his children’s good.”

At any point of (for want of a better word) circumstance where the mind of mankind is at odds with the properties of God it is mankind who must submit. God can not nor will do any other. “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” [Numbers 23:19] This it is said in Scripture to be “fixed in the heavens,” and “neither one jot nor tittle shall in anywise perish until all is fulfilled.”

In the act of transgression of God’s word, the creature is without reason or excuse. God is not indifferent to sin nor does he hold it lightly. God will neither overlook nor excuse transgression of His Word. For the sake of his only begotten Son Jesus Christ through the voluntary sacrifice of Himself, which is His blood shed on the cross, he will pardon it.

Where there is submission to God’s will and the transgressor confesses the sin, repents, i.e., turns back from it, there is pardon, forgiveness. The father-son relationship was ruptured through sin. The son in this case was no longer a moral reflection of the Father. That likeness is again restored through confession and repentance.

The creature is totally incapable of justifying himself. Self justification is an exercise in futility. God is just but He has through Jesus made himself justifier of the unjust. There is no other way to be justified (righteous) in the sight of God.

God alone is capable of the moral use of power. The creature has neither the wisdom nor self control of his lusts to use it without abuse. He (the creature) will abuse it much or little depending on how much he seizes.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these other things shall be added unto you.”

It is said He “gave” the power to become the sons of God. Preachers seem to construe this at times to mean God imparts power to the individual to use as he will because of some sort of special dispensation or calling. God does not “give” power to men. He gives authority to act as his ambassador or representative. He said, “Go into all the world.” The things that have been revealed of Me through my Word, that speak. Speak the Word of truth in love. As the word is faithfully spoken forth (NT prophesy in the sense of OT prophetic utterance, “Thus saith the Lord”) it is received in faith and believed.

Through sanctification (personal holiness) which is submission (subjection to the Lord) in obedience to the Word, God’s power flows out to fulfill His purpose. Redemption and the plan of God occur when the authority which God gives is exercised. Then is the saying fulfilled, “for by grace are ye saved through faith. And that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.”

God does not give one person power over another. He has ordained authority which he gives to His children. Authority carries with it the persona of the author. He does not give the husband power over the wife, or the children. He gives him authority over both. Authority of the creator carries with it responsibility to act in His likeness.

The pastor does not have power over the flock to rule it; he has authority to take oversight. Oversight is a responsibility to his Lord to be as a shepherd and care for the flock in his charge, “until his Lord comes.” As Jesus received from His Father so the Pastor receives from Jesus all He needs for the task at hand.

“Even so the husband is to love his wife as he loves his own body.” When the life of a Christian emulates the life of Jesus it behooves his wife and children to submit to that authority. Where power is substituted for authority there is strife between the husband and wife, the parents and children and the pastor and his congregation.

There is another relation ship begun when a man takes a wife and makes his vows before God to love, honor and cherish her. It is said they become one flesh which is manifest in the birth of children. There is the relationship chain which establishes the path of authority. God, Jesus, men, women and children.

It is written, “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.” [I Cor. 11:3] That is the chain of Divine authority and the perfect examples which are to be observed in carrying it out.

The secular world presently obscures the Holy nature of relationships and works to destroy marriage. If a man and woman, two men or two women become engaged in intimate practices it is said that they “have a relationship.” It is true that a man and a woman engaged in a sexual intercourse may become one flesh and bear children. In the case of two of the same gender that is a virtual impossibility and therefore absurd.

The Scriptures are quite clear on the nature of a family and its importance in a harmonious society. The Divine model is one man with one woman for life. When through death either of these is taken the other is free to form another relationship of like kind. Establishment of any other form is contrary to the revealed plan and purpose of the Creator and is usurpation of both His power and authority. God through His revealed word has named that, sin.

There are those who accept a false notion that any two people who love each other become a family and through love justify the union. There are even those who seem to desire to extend this to animals. It is true that God is love. That must be balanced by another property, He is also just.

Love alone can not justify a union that God has not established. Search the Scriptures both OT and NT and you will not find such a union called blessed of God. Any union other than that between a man and a woman God calls abomination.

To sum up, the world is embroiled in numerous POWER struggles, Male against Female, Conservative against Liberal, Christian against Muslim, Muslim against Jew, and Democrat against Republican, ad infinitum ad nauseum. The greatest power struggle is between good and evil. That struggle is not between God and Satan; God has already defeated Satan in the person of Jesus Christ. Christ crucified, resurrected and ascended into Heaven has past tense defeated Satan.

The battle is between those, who have not accepted the truth, and their Creator. These continue to struggle for self-justification rather than justification by grace through faith, i.e., “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.” [II Cor. 5:17-19]

That struggle results in usurpation of power in a vain attempt to fill the void brought about by the absence of Divine power in their life because they are in rebellion. Rebellion against God has resulted in multiple social abominations that have created horrible social ills. The most recent is redefining marriage and the family. The modern trend if not brought in check and reversed will result in the collapse of society and result in unimaginable chaos. Society as it has been known until now will be destroyed.

Those who exercise God given authority facilitate the release of Gods power into the world. When God’s power is going out there is peace, joy, wellness and healing. They who move in that authority are at peace with God if not with the world around them! “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God! Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”

Rev. William Logan has been a Methodist pastor for 45 years and served the Lord Faithfully. During his active ministry he made trips to mission fields and wrote many articles that where published in the Independent Methodist periodicals. He is currently retired. Rev. Logan has always had a burden for Bible Believing Methodism and the Church at large. He is a contender for the faith and the Church victorious. Please feel free to contact Rev. Logan.

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