Submit to the Law

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

(1 Peter 2:13-17) KJV

God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, wrote the Bible and God knew that this day would come. Peter, foreseeing that the Church could come under attack for failing to obey local law, exhorts us to obey all laws.

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Corporal Punishment

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

(Proverbs 13:24) KJV

As a single dad who’s been chewed up and spat out by by social services there isn’t anything more sickening than a Pastor preaching at full-tilt and yelling about how he beat his kids for any minor infraction of his authority.

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Restricted Speech

Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

(1 Timothy 2:11-12) KJV

They didn’t have a Constitution or a First Amendment in Paul’s day, but it looks like the New Testament is unconstitutional. That’s ironic given that many Evangelicals are gun-toting advocates of the Second Amendment.

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A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

(1 Timothy 3:2, 12) KJV

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

(Titus 1:6) KJV

You can’t post a job opening with the requirement that candidates have to be married men. That’s sexual discrimination, simple as that. It’s illegal.

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Male Authority

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

(1 Corinthians 11:3) NKJV

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.

(Ephesians 5:22) NKJV

Is women submitting themselves to their husbands a selling point for Christianity? Does Christianity need to be sold? How about the dominance of male authority? What if there are no men?

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Foundation vs. Structure

According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

(1 Corinthians 3:10-11) KJV

Here’s an interesting question for you about church doctrine: what’s the Church’s foundation, and what’s the structure?

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September 28th

Loosing Control

And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

(Acts 15:39) KJV

Christian leadership is fighting a loosing battle to stay in control of everything from political power to reproductive rights. They haven’t realized that they’re fighting for a way of life which is becoming illegal.

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