Authority in the Family
have, and the responsibilities that go with that. Over the last three decades, there has been an erosion of biblical
standards, and ways of thinking, that has come into every part of society; and so as we teach in the areas of the word
of God, you have to understand this, that what I'm teaching is directly contrary to the flow of what's happening in
society; that as you embrace this teaching, it will upset and disturb people around you, who understand that you think
and act this way.
I was talking to one young man, and he said that even now, two years after he got married, his people at work are still
manifesting over his wife vowing that she would submit to his leadership in marriage. You understand that a spirit of
rebellion and lawlessness, an anti-Christ spirit that opposes what is godly, is at work, and under the guise of: firstly
men and women being equal; then it goes on, and it begins to start to promote this equality teaching all the way
through to demanding rights, demanding equality; whereas the Bible's perspective is: responsibilities and roles. So
we do not have the same roles, we do not have the same responsibilities. God causes us to be quite distinct in these
areas; and so you have first of all the women's rights, then it comes to gay rights, then it comes to kid's rights,
animal's rights, the rights of the trees, the land rights. It actually just goes beyond all sense, and underneath it, what
you've got to understand, is a spiritual power working to erode our confidence in the word of God, so we doubt; like
the devil came to Eve and said: hath God said this?
Now many of you will be the position: hath God really said this; and so as I share and speak, it will certainly up heave
and upset some things. I can't deal with it all in one meeting, but one of the things that's interes ting in our society is
this. It's that people take the exception, and then they build a case for the whole thing on the exception; and so you
find for example, there'll be large numbers of parents who will be correctly using corporal punishment in their homes.
They use it sparingly, they use it in a right attitude and spirit; but there'll be some who are abusing their children, and
so people take the situation of abuse, and then make it a rule that covers all; and it takes away even the rights of
those who are actually walking in the way that God has told us to walk. So you find all over society, rules and laws
are being bent, so that the exception then sets what the whole rule will be. In trying to put things right, you've got to
go to how God set it in place the first time. As I talk, I can't address in one session all of the issues that will arise out
of this. All I can say is, if God is speaking to you, listen to what He is saying, and let Him adjust your heart and your
attitude. Ask Him for wisdom to know what to do.
There will be many situations I can't address, but I'm trying to la y the principles, because if you get the principles, you
can then let God show you how you apply it to your specific situation, in your specific area. Do not get legal about i t,
but ask God to show you, as you hear His word, how to respond to His word in your life. This is the way to do this.
Now we will find as we're speaking in this area, one of the reasons God is talking on these issues of authority, is
because over the last three or four decades, there has been a restoration in the church of various areas of ministry.
There was the restoration of evangelists around about the '48 through to '50s, the restoration of healing ministries,
pastoral ministries, teaching ministries. In the '90s there came an emphasis in the church of prophetic ministries, so
all over there's prophetic conferences for this and that, and there's an awareness that God is wanting to restore the
prophetic gift (in office) into the church. But now, as we e nter the 2000s and this decade, God is speaking worldwide
about the restoration of apostolic ministries in the church.
So because of that, there will be changes take place, that we will need to understand. One of the things the apostles
are interested in doing, is establishing the foundations right, and getting the order right; so in the next decade, you will
find an increasing awareness of God's order, of how God wants things set in place, and you'll find the church will go
through changes in how it's operating and organised. This is because God is calling it to be this way. He is restoring
these giftings in their authority, their office, and in their direction into the church; and so with the apostle, there will
come measures of anointing, that will cause disruptions in the spirit atmosphere. They will cause exposure of
demonic powers. Everywhere you see the apostles ministering, there is great exposure of the works of darkness; and
there was an ordering, and a setting into place, in a way that the church c ould properly be built. So God is doing that
in this decade.
Now one of the areas you and I need to understand, is the area of authority, and how authority works, mostly
because of the abuse of authority - that's all we ever hear about. You hear about the misuse, or abuse, of authority,
and the reactions that come with that. All over the world, that's been very, very clear. However, you can't look at the
exceptions, or the misuse, and build a way of thinking and relating on that. You must go to the word of God. What did
God say? How does this apply to me? What must I do in my life, to adjust to what God is saying? Does that make
sense? [Yes.] So as we begin to speak into these areas, this important teaching concerning spiritual authority, I could
speak for weeks and weeks on it, because it covers every aspect of how we live, and move, and operate in the spirit.
One of the things that God has helped me to understand is, because of an involvement in deliverance ministry, I've
had the privilege of seeing things happen that most people have not seen. Because of that, I've come to understand