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Our Problem With Authority

Alistair Huong
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"Authority" is a bad word in much of modern society. Yet, our relation and reaction to authority will determine our eternal destiny. This message explores the reasons why.

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Alistair Huong

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  • November 10, 2018
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Gracious Emily father we are so privileged to gather in your house of worship on a sabbath day in peace or we know that many of our brother and around the world and even in this country do not have to luxury and so we pray right now that your Holy Spirit may fill us may we be grateful for the blessings you have given to us but at the same time maybe be ready to respond to receive the Word and to act according to what we learn the Holy Spirit teach us and guide us and open our hearts and minds to receive in except where do you wish us to understand now we pray in Jesus' name amen So you see on the slide our title and you see in the bulletin our problem with authority when you hear the word afford T.V. What is your kneejerk gut reaction what kind of feelings you don't have to answer out loud just think rhetorically how does the word off for a team make you feel does it make you feel warm and fuzzy and cuddly and. Or is it more or you are you more like me I'm going to confess OK when I think of the word authority these words come to mind Sturm harsh punishment discipline. Maybe even arbitrary authoritarian Does that resonate with you at least a little bit the word authority has somewhat of that connotation at least in this day and age it's not necessarily a positive warm cuddly feeling right but I'm here to say I'm going to write out the outset make this statement and I'm going to try to prove my point through the message this morning and that is that our relationship our reaction to the word authority. Is going to determine our ultimate destiny let me say that one more time maybe in a different way how we respond and interact and understand and accept a forward in our lives will determine our eternal destiny I'm going to try to make that point now from Scripture but think with me for just a moment authority figures in our lives here a list of them what do we think about these A 40 figures institutions and now when we hear of the word police when I was growing up policemen were nice we think of them as the people that you can stop on the side of the road and ask for directions right now I'm not trying to make a political statement merely describing the spirit of the times when we talk about police or law enforcement it's like side I right like. I'm not going to let my eyes of you type of feeling and when we talk about Border Patrol now I'm getting into hot water right it's like. Whoa Are we really sure we trust those guys down there there's a mistrust of those authority figures in our lives what about the government. It's almost like a running joke right the government so inept always corrupt How do you listen I could joke How do you know when a politician is lying if their lips are moving and words are coming out that's how you know so you know we have jokes like that and what does that reveal about our undercurrent undercurrent in our understanding about government as an authority figure it's like rolling up the I was right about rules you know there's this idea now the rules are there to be broken or at the very least there to be bent to be tested. Authority is to be questioned about parents this is a fun run if you've ever watched any sitcom television show Disney movie maybe Have you ever noticed that parents are always the ignorant the stupid ones that just don't get it have you ever noticed that like parents especially the dad and now that I'm a dad ice I take umbrage at this OK the dad is there for the Comic Relief he's the bumbling fool right there has to be set right by you know even the mom or the rebellious children who always are the heroes of the Stuart there's this undercurrent that is being portrayed or have parents are being portrayed through this societal view that parents as authority figures are ADD best comic relief let's just write them off parents are so out of touch my parents don't even know how to use Instagram I mean come on how can I take them seriously right. But what about the church religion you've heard of you've heard the saying well I'm spiritual but not religious you know what they're saying when people say that well I believe in having a spiritual life I believe in having faith and all that but I don't believe in organized religion because it is merely a system of control that I don't accept an authority figure in my life that I do not accept And so religion at the very in society particularly here in the western world is being portrayed as a system to control the minds of the weak if you are in light and if you are smart if you are independent you're not going to fall for that garbage or you. Religion is there just to keep control over our young people so we can tell them what to do authority in our society today in short has become a bad word and it is now placed in opposition to the ideas of individuality liberty equality. Fighting for injustice independence right that's the American spirit as if those things are mutually exclusive they don't have to be but fighting against one seems almost automatically like we have to discard the other accepting a 40 a number of lives now is like a sign of weakness a sign of giving up our rights when in actuality and this is really my thesis for this hour is that afford T.V. A C. Here is the core issue in the great controversy it is the absolute foundational issue and that is why I'm so I'm here to say our relationship with authority particularly godly authority is going to determine whether we're on the right side of the gates of the New Jerusalem so why or how can I know this well let's begin at the very beginning shall we let's go to Isaiah Chapter 14 as a chapter 14 verse 1214 we know the story well how are they all fallen from heaven all Lucifer a son of the morning how are they all cut down to the ground which did as we can the nations for you have said in your heart I will ascend into heaven I will exalt my throne above the stars of God I will sit also upon him out of the congregation in the sides of the north I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the most high in short what was Lucifer's problem he had yes an eye problem but. Beyond that all the ophthalmologists optometrists rejoice. But the problem with himself is he wanted himself to be the highest authority you see then he wanted to usurp God's authority that was the issue to make this crystal clear let's take a look at the book the story of redemption page 15 paragraph one there was contention among the angels Lucifer and the sympathizers were striving to reform the government God By the way notice the choice of words lose the furnace angels What did they think they were doing to the government got reforming it they were not rebel Oh yes we're going to come back to that idea in just a moment but notice the choice of words how they think about what they're doing they rebelled against the authority of the sun there you have it in a nutshell in one sentence the whole great controversy summed up sinners Lucifer and his angels and later on humanity rebelling against authority of God but specifically Lucifer had a problem with a certain member of the Godhead which one was it. The son or Christ the issue in the great controversy is the authority of the Son of God Lucifer looked at him and said I'm not bowing down to him I'm just as good as him so I am going to mask or read my crusade to uplift myself under the pretext of fighting for the liberty of the angels against this type of radical man called the Son of God rebellion this is my point rebellion always has the compelling pretext and this is an important point. Because if you went up to Satan or Lucifer back then and his angels and he said why you rebelling. We already solved they will say we are not rebelling the rebellious never believe or think that they are rebelling because a rebellion must always have a compelling pretext to cover up the real underlying motive let me make this abundantly clear let's take a look next there's a previous page a story of redemption page 14 he meaning Lucifer told them the angels that henceforth all the sweet liberty the angels had enjoyed was at an end because Jesus or the son cries was being lifted up above them for had not a ruler been appointed over them to whom they would henceforth yield survival honor he stated to them that he had called them together to assure them that he would no longer or that he no longer would submit to this invasion of his rights and there's you notice how this rebellion what couched the motivation that was galvanizing the the angels on Satan side was we have to right this wrong we have to fight for our rights there is this injustice in the government of heaven that must be made right Satan can is that he would never again bow down to cries that he would take the on upon himself which should have been conferred upon him and would be the commander of all who is submit to follow Him and obey his voice so you noticed that Lucifer had a problem that originated with disputing the 40 of the Son of God but to cover up his true issue his jealousy and his problem with authority he had to come up with a compelling pretext and it was so compelling that one 3rd of unfallen perfect angels in heaven believed it. And what they believe they believe that they were being treated unjustly they believe that it was unfair what God was doing to them and as a result they listened and the door bade Lucifer not to rebel but to reform the government of God you follow the train of the story but where does it end up let's take a look at the next passage this is again story of redemption page 17 paragraph one the great God could at once have hurled this deceiver from heaven but this was not his purpose he would give the rebellious an equal chance to measure strength and might with his own son and his loyal angels in this battle every angel would choose his own side and be manifested to all it would not have been safe to suffer any who united with Satan in his rebellion to continue to occupy heaven notice the last sentence they have learned the lesson of genuine rebellion against the unchangeable Law God and this is what in the curable How would you feel if you want to see the doctor and he says I'm sorry we have discovered that you have a tumor in your chest and it is in curable that would be the worst thing ever that would be the last thing you want to hear but notice carefully genuine rebellion is a disease that is in. A bowl and how does how did Lucifer get there it all began with a question with a doubt and a rejection of rightful God the authority in his life he moved down that train track he had to justify his feelings he came up with a compelling pretext he brought a group together to lodge in this reformation of righting the wrongs that he viewed in the government of God and they believe that soul wholeheartedly that they genuinely believe that they were right and God was wrong. They came to the point where they were willing to die for their Miss Guided calm and you understand why then genuine rebellion went when the seed of rebellion takes root and sprouting grows to its logical conclusion genuine rebellion is incurable it is equivalent to the unpardonable sin because you have turned God into the very enemy that you would rather die than submit to our relationship with a 40 will determine our feet in the great controversy but of course that's not the end of the story is it history repeats itself the rebellion in heaven moves to Earth there's a lot of other examples we can give but here's perhaps the most poignant one Kora death in the by Roman Numbers Chapter 16 they come to Moses and they have a dispute with Moses it specifically has to do with Moses is a 40 and this is what they say they say all the congregation are holy I'm not reading the whole verse for sake of time you can go back and read in verses one through 3 in essence what they say is everyone in this congregation is holy We are all God's chosen people why are you Moses lifting yourself up above us in short what are they contending for what about our rights as God's holy people. This is in equine Moses for you to take on the leadership responsibility when we are all capable this is discrimination this is injustice you are violating our rights you know it is this is what this is the compelling pretext in Cora's rebellion and the same thing is said about that rebellion and selective messages Volume 2 page 393 Paragraph 2 element right I question whether genuine rebellion is ever curable same language as a rebellion and have been studying pitchers and prophets of rebellion of Korah death and in the Byron I leave that to you to study in depth the story but I'll tell you the end of the Story Corps Dave in the Byron challenge is Moses Moses is OK fine God will make known who is his people chordate in the bottom what was their end result the earth opened up and swallowed them with that kept your attention would you be like. I wonder if they were right after all. Would that even cross your mind but notice carefully what happens in Numbers Chapter 16 verse 41 the camp is obviously shocked and awed at what happened they go back they sleep on it and the next morning they go back to Moses is what they say a direct quote but on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron saying you have killed the people of the Lord is it any wonder that genuine rebellion is an incurable disease because that illustrates how self deluded people become when they follow this path of the rejection of rightful authority into open rebellion to its logical conclusion they see the miracle of the earth opening up as swallowing the rebels and they still think the rebels are right have mercy. And in fact God started a plague start a wiping people out and it was literally the mercies of God that the whole entire camp was not consumed we look at these stories and we think wow that is terror that is horrible and what are we trying to say this is actually Satan's And again that's what we're trying to say OK let's take a look 40 testimonies for the church one for page 211 paragraph one it is Satan's plan to weaken the faith of God's people in the testimonies next fall of skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith the pillars of our position then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures and then the downward March to perdition then the testimonies which were once believed are doubting given up Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this and he redouble his efforts to launch them into what open rebellion which becomes incurable and ends in destruction so why bring up all these stories in history is because that's exactly what satan is trying to do again what the script that played out in heaven it worked in the camp of Israel as Satan knows it will work again and that's his point his end game is to lead you and I to get to the point of open rebellion because he knows then we are incurable but where does it all start where does it all start a subtle doubt a little bit of discomfort that leads to rejection and questioning and throwing and casting off of rightful authority in our lives but when we think about it there are only 2 options when we face authority when we are faced with a 40 figure in our lives it is a it is not a neutral term you can't have no reaction you are forced into a reaction of your place in front of an authority. And this is why we have to choose This is not a matter of all I'll just wait on it I'll sleep on it maybe someday things a work out note we're going to have to choose if there is an authority figure that is presented before as we have the choice to either rebel like Satan did or to submit there is no middle ground but the human race we have an interesting way of thinking and this is what we think I'll submit only if I agree if you convince me then like we're trying to be like we're reasonable here just to convince me to listen carefully if we agree we're not submitting if we agree we're just going along with what we already believe you understand that when we talk about having an authority the idea of submission it is predicated on the fact that there is a disagreement if there is no disagreement there is no submission needed you understand the issue of authority is soley almost exclusively for the reality of when there's a disagreement between 2 parties the authoritative party is the one that gets preference and so it is sort of crazy notion but when we think about God and what he tells us we don't have to agree to submit and in fact there's another word There's another word that we like to use in Christianity that really sums up the essence of the Christian journey was that word surrender we've heard that word Haven't we we sing the song Oh I surrender all we with tears comes down to the front of the altar call me say I surrender everything and God says well OK well why do you do this well God I'm not so sure about that because it doesn't make sense. Didn't you we didn't you say you're going to surrender to me only if it makes sense. That doesn't make sense because the essence of the Gospel is simply this God must be allowed to be God in our lives God is the ultimate authority and by surrendering to him What are we doing we are in essence saying we do not accept Lucifer is a lie that God's government needs reform we are saying in surrendering our lives to Jesus that we disagree and we disavowed the rebellion the started in heaven. And what does that mean it means God I don't really need to understand everything I don't need to have all of the reasons make sense because I get it you are God I am not and I am in a better position when I just simply surrender to you so in the Christian life we love to say Jesus is our savior everybody loves having someone take their place right when there is a penalty Oh he's going to die so I don't of course wonderful but there's a 2nd half to that that's only half the Gospel because what else does Jesus have to be he has to be Lord I don't know of you know maybe sometimes we think like you know the bible terms don't really equate to real life but what does it mean to have the Lord to have a king to have a ruler to have enough for to figure in our lives that we submit to that's what it means when we say I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior it means I accept His sacrifice on my behalf and then I'm going to do what he tells me. That's Christianity and why must that be Christianity because that is the fundamental underlying issue in the great controversy there was a being in heaven the said I'm not going to do what you tell me anymore and the only way that we can make it back to heaven is we at some point are going to have to say you know what I'm not going to have it my way I'm going to have your way God that's called the plan of salvation in a nutshell So how do we submit OK So you say all right fine I surrender but how do we do it practically the Protestant Reformers had a rallying cry sola scriptura What does that mean it means the Bible in the Bible ONLY as our source of authority and so the Bible being the the clearest communication that God has with fallen humanity it's his word that then becomes how we submit to Jesus John 7700 father through the truth i word is truth 22 a lot of the testimony if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them John 1415 if you love me keep my commandments in short if I accept Jesus as my authority I will do what he says well how do I know what he says well he told me in the bible let's read another statement this makes it 100 percent clear great controversy page $5.00 and $5.00 paragraphs one but God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible and the Bible ONLY as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms the opinions of learned men the deductions of science the Creeds and decisions of ecclesiastical councils as numerous and discordant as other churches which they represent the voice of the majority not one nor all of these should be regarded as evidence for or against any point of religious faith before accepting any doctrine or precept we should demand a plain verse say of the Lord in its support can we say that the Bible and the Bible only That's our highest authority why because it is the Word of God and God is our highest authority. So all of this here I hate to say this but is the introduction. Because here's the point where we're moving on next and that is that in the Bible in the written expressed will of God God has told us that he has please delegated authorities on the earth to help us in our experience in practicing how to submit let me give an example when I was in high school sometimes I would have a substitute teacher and I lived on the campus because I was at a boarding academy for my senior year and sometimes the dean and assistant dean would be gone and we would have a substitute Dean as well and you know we were high school boys So what do you suppose we did to the substitute we would harass her we would tease them and needle them I would give them a hard time nobody got hurt or anything as a vet's an excuse but guess what happened one day the principal of our high school came to the boys' dorm she sat us all down and she gave us a little speech she said what in Whatsoever you do unto your assistant dean or substitute Dean you are doing unto me so if you are caught harassing this poor gentleman who is here to take care of you you are in essence doing that to me and you would want to do that to me right because if you did that to me you're going to get a punishment. That's what I mean when I say God has delegated sources of authority on the earth they are not God They do not possess innately within them by virtue of their ontology or whatever you want to call it they are not the source of authority in and of themselves but they are vested they are granted authority by virtue of the business in because of what God has declare and why does God do this and we'll see this in just a moment is so that God can place us in relationship with organizations with individuals with figures in our earthly experience to help us understand what it looks like how to submit to God the ultimate authority so there are multiple sources of authority that God has delegated we're just going to look at 3 of them real quickly the 1st one is parental authority paychecks and profits pitch 308 paragraph 2 and also 337 paragraph one of says this God himself who has placed upon them meaning the parents a responsibility for the Souls committed to their charge has ordained that during the earlier years of life parents shall stand in the place of God to their children and he who rejects the rifle authority of his parents is rejecting the authority of God and all the parents in this room said. So notice carefully. Notice carefully is a specifically in the earlier years of life so there is a balance here right so once you turn 182-025-3555 your parents relation to you necessarily will change then if you are 345 year old we understand that but the fact is that God has placed parents in our lives to help us understand and to have a relationship to understand. God's authority over us because God is heaven our heavenly father so he gives us earthly parents understand how do we submit what does that look like and also for the parents it places us in a position of responsibility to rightly represent God to our children as well amen Yeah that's for you kids are right but let's continue reading contempt for parental authority will soon lead to contempt for the authority of God hence Satan's efforts to lessen the obligation of the command so you know that they're very clear that we are tall parental authority leads us to better understand godly authority if we disregard if we are in the habit of disregarding parental authority it leaves us to a place of much more readily having contempt for divine authority is to teach us by modeling in human relation how we ought to relate with God All right so let's give a little bit of a balancing statement to that because. God forbid some of us parents get a power trip that we say Ha ha we're God So we're going to put you on your thumb Well unfortunately parental and domestic abuse does happen so we do need to give the balancing statement from Scripture again our highest authority Feagin 6 verse one and forces Children obey your parents was a qualification there in the Lord for this is right so remember God's authority is always higher than our parents' authority but in so far as our parents are in harmony with God's Word and His law we are to respect and honor them but if our parents say you need to disregard God's law then we must obey God rather than man honor thy father and mother which is a 1st command with the promise that a mission that may be well with the that there may is live long on the earth and the fathers provoke not your children the wrath to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord there it is again parents have a responsibility we have to raise our children to exemplify to them what kind of authority God actually is. Our responsibility is to show our children look God is a loving caring merciful compassionate authority figure that you want to trust in because he's going to protect you and he's got your back that's what our parents supposed to illustrate but nevertheless let's just remember this do we obey our parents only when what they say makes sense especially as children you guys are like I don't want to answer because I'm going to condemn myself but let's make this let's just make this very clear when we honor our father nor mother that means we give preference to them that means when they want something that is not contrary to the clear the say if the Lord and we want something else most of the time especially when we are young and under their roof and under their care we as children submissive to them are obligated to go their way that's the way God designed that's the way we ought to understand our relationship with our parents as well as with God Bless move on the 2nd source of delegated authority is civil authority talking about the governments of the earth Romans 13 versus 13 says this let every soul be subject to the governing authorities for there is no authority except from where from God and authorities that exist are appointed by God Therefore whoever resist the authority resist the ordinance of got and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves the rulers are not a terror to good works but evil do you want to be unafraid of the authority do what is good and you will have praise from the same verse 4 through 6 says for he is God's minister Notice the government is God's minister to you for good but if you do evil be afraid for he does not bear the sword in vain for he is God's minister and avenge execute wrath on him who practises evil therefore you must be subject not only because of Wrath but also for conscience sake for because of this you also pay taxes for they are God's ministers attending continually to this very thing. So you must be thinking Oh yeah I get it you know I voted last week and you know I did my civic duty Yeah I believe yeah OK let's move on wait wait wait this pause of moment tap the brakes What was the governing afford T.V. in Paul's day when he wrote this I mean it was in the name of the book right he was writing to the to the Romans what kind of government was that it was less just say cruel it was easy evil corrupt unjust enslaving type of governing authority you remember King Herod he wrote he was a magistrate of the Roman Empire What did he do to the babies in Bethlehem when Jesus was born he killed the baby boys. You know crucifixion we think about crucifixion and all is so horrible it's terrible Well guess what that was the you know what happened when people were on death row in government in the Roman Empire This was the same government that would later destroy the temple in $8070.00 this was a government that was not known to be nice they were a cruel pagan unjust to society and Paul says they are God's minister we are to pay our taxes and render to Caesar that which is Caesar's The point is again when God places authority figures in our lives it presupposes that there will be times of disagreement and it means when there is a time of disagreement we who are the ones in subjection to those authorities are obligated to submit within reason we're going to talk about balancing statements later. But it's not just when we agree is wise the mission is needed but let's look at that statement now in Acts of the Apostles 5060 program to we are to recognize human government as an ordinance of divine appointment and teach obedience to it as a sacred duty within its legitimate spear Here's the balance but when its claims conflict with the claims of God we must obey God rather than men God's Word must be recognized as above all human legislation we know that the end times scenario is going to be conflict between the law of God and the laws of the government with the death decree attached to it so we understand the end time significance of this but let me make this point clear when we go to heaven who is going to be our head of state it's not a trick question God is going to be a head of state and are we going to understand what it means to submit to Him as our governing authority if we don't understand how to do that here so you see God gave us parental authority because we are to submit to God as our heavenly Father he gave us earthly civil governments to submit to because he is going to be our head of state when we get to heaven as our governing authority and that was part of Satan's problem wasn't he wanted to be king not God. So let's move on to our 3rd and final earthly authority today and that is clear stickler for. Acts of the Apostles page 163 paragraph 2 says this There have never been in the church those who are constantly inclined toward individual independence there is that word again Lucifer's motive right they seem unable to realize that in that independence of spirit is liable to leave the human agent have too much confidence in himself and to trust in his own judgment rather than the respect the counsel and highly esteem the judgment of his brother and especially of those in office is that God is appointed for the leadership of this people here's the key God has invested his church with special authority and power which no one can be justified in disregarding and despising for he who does this despises the voice of God sounds familiar it's like what God said about parents God has invested the church on this earth his remnant church of Bible prophecy the highest spiritual of 40 on earth and this is reflected in the Bible in Matthew Chapter 18 verses 15 to 18 we quote this all the time if you have fall with your brother go to him 11 on one 1st if he doesn't listen then bring one or 2 with you but that seems to be where we always end the story is like well you know you come talk to me 1st OK maybe I should have done that but notice that there is a system of appeals here with dealing with moral issues 1st you go to them one on one then you bring a couple others and then where does it go in verse 17 there and if you shine the glad to hear them tell it to the church but it has neglect but if you neglect to hear the church let him be into the as a heathen man and a publican So the church according to Christ's words himself is the highest system of appeal is the latter the buck stops with the church when it comes to spiritual and moral issues you understand. When the church disfellowshipped someone that is the highest spiritual authority that is speaking regarding a spiritual or a moral issue and this is according to Jesus himself but within the church within the church structure there is one body there is one place in which God has placed even the highest authority and where is that let's take a look this is in testimony for the church Volume 9 page 260 never should the mind of one man or the minds of a few men be regarded as sufficient in wisdom and power to control the work and to say that the plan should be followed but when in a general conference and when this word is used in this context is the general conference session meeting the meeting every 5 years not the headquarters of Ab Mr when in general conference session the judgment of the brother assemble from all parts of the field is exercised private independent and private judgment must not be stubbornly maintained but surrender there are those words again never should a laborer regard as a virtue the persistent maintain maintenance of his position of independence contrary to the decision of the German General Bok do we hear some familiar words ringing here there's a submission and a surrender of our private ideas that's necessary but yet it seems as though Ellen White must have been a spy or something because she says that there are people who tend to hold as a virtue the spirit of independence I have to follow my own way I just got to do mean this is what I believe I don't care what everyone else believes but what we're told is that because the church particularly the General Conference in session with representatives from all the world when they make a decision we have to exercise the spirit of surrender. And be willing to submit because God has delegated authority to this body one more statement here in the $90.00 to $60.00 paragraph to God has ordained that the representatives of his church from all parts of the world when assembled in the General Conference in session shall have a 40 there's that word again and if you think well that's not found in the Bible if you read in Acts Chapter 15 there is a Jerusalem Council there was an issue in the early church about whether Gentiles need to be circumcised or not the church gathered in Jerusalem representatives came from all the major churches at the time and they discussed this issue and guess what it wasn't merely a doctrinal issue it was also a policy issue and it covered the entire world field and it had binding consequences and if you read I should have put the quote on there but if you read that chapter in the book Acts of the Apostles it actually talks about there were people who disagreed with the Jerusalem Council and continued to press their own agenda in the sphere of process says we ought to submit to the authority that God has vested into his church again even if we disagree even if it doesn't fully make sense just like with our parents just like with earthly civil authorities God has placed the authority of the church in place to teach us how we not how we can not make the same mistakes that Lucifer made in heaven and there's something that I learned once from a good friend of mine a wise man who once put it this way regarding particularly when we think about the church and how we make decisions God leads us meaning the Church more reliably then he leads just mean we have to remember this principle the Bible says in all multiple places in a multitude of counsellors there is safety. When 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name I am in the midst of them weep we always say those things one like during prayer meeting where there's 2 people like Don't feel too bad Jesus is still here. But when we've got like 200-3000 delegates representatives from around the world who believe the true who are submitted to the Holy Spirit who are praying for God's Spirit to be poured out who are committed to the same mission of the 3 angels gathered together do you think Jesus is not there and we ought to understand that as fallen feeble human beings our judgment no matter how much we pray can perhaps be missing the big picture sometimes we might just wake up on the wrong side of the bed and we feel one way and we think another or maybe we had we just haven't have indigestion that day and we feel like you know I'm going to just you know vote this way and that way and our private interpretation of data might be skewed we have to have less trust in ourselves and understand that God a status system in place for a purpose and why is that it's because God leads us he doesn't just leave me and when a collective body of us are pulling together for the same mission I have to submit that perhaps there are certain things I don't fully understand but in my personal relationship with God in my personal relation to his authority and his delegate authority in my life I want to be sure that I am not in advertently planting the seed of rebellion that might take root and grow and end up where Lucifer and if we think about Satan's master plan. His master plan is very ingenious and that is he wants to impugn the delegates he knows that with their earthly delegates that God has placed as representatives of himself in our lives on the earth he looks at parents and he want to destroy the family so we as children look at parents and say How can I submit to their authority and in result we say I'm not going to accept God if he's going to be a heavenly father because if that's what the earthly parents are like civil authority of course we see corruption of that in the governments we see injustice being done the society around us we should do what we can to to rectify those things within reason but Satan's master plan is to cause us to doubt to question earthly authority so that in result we have contempt for divine authority and the same goes in the church when we look at the church and we see people claiming one thing and doing another and we see church leaders a say one thing and do another and don't live up to the high calling and we have disgruntlement and we hear all of these fights going on and Facebook and online and we're wondering what is going on we begin to have doubts about the authority figures a god has place in our lives and Satan's master plan is to plant that seed of rebellion that he had so that inadvertently perhaps for with a zeal that is worthy of a better cause we pick up the false pretext that good lay down thinking that we are fighting for the cause of right for justice for liberty and the pursuit of happiness. When in actuality we are kicking against the pricks when in actuality we are actually on the wrong side. Rebelling against the very authority figures that God has placed in our lives to save us May the Lord have mercy if that is where we find ourselves but I want to remember that 2 wrongs don't make a right. Just because we have had imperfect examples of authority in our lives it might make it difficult but it doesn't justify as disregarding what God has said we have to remember it might be difficult we some of us have more disadvantages and others in this regard and I understand that but we just have to understand the fact that just because we have imperfect perhaps abusive and poor earthly examples of it of authority it does not exclude as it doesn't excuse us from disregarding God's rightful of 40 and want to remind us of our mission our mission is to take the 3 messages of the whole world notice what the 1st and you'll says we'll skip right verse to verse. Same with a loud voice this 1st angel fear God Oh fancy that the very 1st thing in the 3 message is to replace God as right full authority in our lives fear got he is the ultimate authority that's what it means why give Gordon for the hour of his judgment is come well again why is he why it can't he judge me because he's the ultimate authority in the universe and worship Him Why should I worship him because he's God and He is the authority that made heaven and earth the sea and the fountains of water the great controversy began with a question mark on God's authority it blossomed in the full blown rebellion that God says is incurable when it runs its course and so that's why the 3 messages the final message that's going to prepare the world for Jesus to come at its core right at the outset God says we have to get this thing right God must be placed back into his rightful place as the ultimate authority in our lives or else none of the rest matters. And how do we do that how do we do that the key is we must as a people show who God is if we in this room are in a position of authority over someone else maybe we're teacher or Leader or parents or in some other position of responsibility it behooves us to understand that we have the sacred responsibility of demonstrating to the people under us what it means to submit to God who God is like to draw them so they understand it's not a harsh authoritarian Stern you know arbitrary type of authority that I'm accepting in my life but at the same time we are selves must represent the spirit of surrender the spirit of humility of humble some mission to authority figures that God has placed over us even when especially when things don't make sense when is difficult when we disagree because ultimately our relationship as we said at the onset of this message our relationship to this word authority will ultimately determine our eternal destiny So in conclusion our appeal for today who is your authority who is the one that has the final say in your life we all have authority figures in our lives whether we believe it or not even those who claim that they will listen to no one all they're saying is they themselves are their highest authority it may be difficult for some of us to surrender to authority figures because of the wrongs that have been done in our lives. The pain inflicted on some authority figure that has bent our view of who God is I don't deny that perhaps as a parent a teacher a spiritual leader Pastor and a makes us a 3 to submit to God but 2 wrongs don't make a right God is not what we sometimes misrepresent him to be don't give up on seeking Him It may be difficult for us to surrender because we will lose control we have to submit our own ideas and our wishes and our emotions to God we have to give up certain things that might not be easy or pleasant but may we be willing to submit because ultimately this is the this is the root cause of the great controversy so perhaps for some of us today we have found ourselves in somewhat of a contentious disputed relationship with certain authority figures of God as delegate authority to in our lives maybe it's with our parents maybe as with some organization for which we are accountable to maybe it's with the church perhaps we're disillusioned were discouraged with questions we disagree we feel scared my question simply is even if you don't fully understand even if you don't fully get what all is involved are you at least willing to say Lord I want to place you and your representatives in their rightful sphere of influence and authority in my life because I do not want the seed of rebellion to be found within me I do not want to be found in advertently on the wrong side in the great controversy. How many of you want to make that your decision want to say Lord help me to have a right relationship with authority that you've placed in my life with you in heaven and also your representatives on the earth let me just see your hands where you are I know that is my desire and my response as well so let us pray together as we conclude Father in Heaven Father we know that you care for us more than life itself because you gave your only begotten Son and that you gave him to die for us in that while we were yet sinners Lord with love like this you are the only type of authority figure that is safe to surrender all to the Lord we understand what this means when to stand the sometimes there will be representatives that you place in our lives that are imperfect that might make things difficult that might make us perhaps have questions and doubts but Lord we pray above all that you might give us the spirit of submission of surrender the spirit of Jesus that we might be able to have a right relation with these authority figures and ultimately with you for Lord we see we see where this ends we see what happened with Lucifer we see what happened in the wilderness we see Satan's endgame and that is to rob us of our relationship with you and so may we be humbly submitted to what you have revealed to us through your word may we obey it may we work in harmony with our brother and with our parents with the governing authorities with our church and with other delegate a source of authority in our lives to me we humbly humbly. Layer lies at your feet surrendering our all to you truly and entirely father please come into our hearts today May we seek you with all of our hearts and me be especially near us you may be faithful to this and that may we be ready for your return this is our president Jesus. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons leader Visit W W W audio verse or.

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