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Authority in Action - by Michael Phillips
Study in Matthew - Part 106
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Matthew 28:16-20
Apr 15, 2018 am - If you went to our joint-service last Sunday night, you heard a remarkable sermon on our Lord washing the feet of His disciples. The sermon wasn't remarkable because the pastor said something nobody had ever heard before, but because he reminded us of what we have heard many times before, but still hasn't sunk in. I don't know if he gave his sermon a title or not, but the one I assigned it is the same one I'm using for today's sermon: Authority in Action. Whatever libertarians or anarchists say, Authority is a good thing. It's a good thing in society, in the church, and in the home. This is why the Bible tells us to respect it. This is not always easy to do, of course, because God's authority on earth is not always exercised in God's way. It never is, perfectly, of course, but it's not its 'imperfection' that galls us so, but something far worse than that: It's the perversion of authority. It's turning God's good gift into tyranny, ruling over people for the ruler's benefit, and using whatever means necessary to maintain and increase that rule. In the last century we saw this on a worldwide scale, what with the rise of Nazism and Communism that turned relatively free nations into ... More >>>


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