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Old 06-18-2015, 07:23 AM   #43
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Default Re: Practice of Deputy Authority in the Bible

Originally Posted by Nell View Post
Good question.

Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

Fitting verses for this thread Nell. In local church practices especially with this damaging teaching of deputy authority, it's really alien to a normal Christian. You would have to take Isaiah 5:20 and apply it to the local church leadership.
Submission one to another? It's not happening. In their view submission is only in one direction.
Clothed with humility? Clothed with pride is more appropriate for those who embrace the deputy authority teaching.

If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but it is that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.’ From now on I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.”
John 13:14-20

Here in these verses from John 13 is an example of serving through footwashing. The deputy authority teaching does not advocate "footwashing", but to be served.
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