We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Problem of Authority

The basic problem in the word today is the problem of authority.  The chaos in the world is due to the fact that people in every realm of life have lost all respect for authority, whether it be between nations or between parts of nations, whether it be in industry, whether it be in the home, whether it be in the schools, or anywhere else.  The loss of authority!  And in my view it all starts in the home and in the married relationship.  That is why I venture to query whether a statesman whose own marriage has broken down really has a right to speak about the world’s problems.  If he fails in the sphere where he is most competent, what right has he to speak in others?  He ought to retire out of public life.  The real breakdown starts in the home, and in the married relationship.  I am asserting that the appalling increase in divorce which has taken place since the second world war . . .  is due to one thing only, namely, that men and women do not understand this Scriptural teaching about marriage and about husbands and wives.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home & Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9, pg. 111-112


Anonymous said...

I would agree, adding that one reason there is no respect for authority is because the authority is often abusive and corrupt. Rank hypocrisy of those in authority is another cause. This applies to the culture, the church, and the home, which is, as Lloyd-Jones stated, the root.

Respect is earned by quality of character, not granted unconditionally.

Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Tim 2:1-4 can still be obeyed in a wicked culture, without condoning evil or compromising truth.

Proverbs 29:2


Alec Satin said...

Carolyn, agree with you yet again. Well said.

Glenn, thank you again for the Lloyd-Jones books. Such a wonderful treasure.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Alec, you are so very welcome!