> Onion, I found something relevant in Woodrow
> Nicols writing on The Walk on page 57 which
> validates what I think you have pointed out.
Woodrow Nichols JRS The Walk
> SUBMISSION: Is the accepting the control or
> authority of another, being obedient
> and compliant to those over you in the Lord.
> Ephesians 5:21 to 6:9 and Hebrews
> 13:17 teach the New Testament pattern for
> submission to divinely appointed authority
> in the home and in the church.8
> It is no accident that Stevens picked the words
> "control" and "compliance" to describe the
> role of
> both the person in authority and the person under
> authority. While the Scriptures, of course, call
> for a type of obedience to those over you in the
> Lord, it is certainly no manifesto for absolute
> obedience, the kind that Stevens is calling for.
> After all, every believer is ultimately
> to God alone. A system of total obedience to those
> over you completely undermines this Biblical
> principle, leading ultimately to the Nazi ethic
> of innocence in the light of obeying orders.
> The Nazi ethic and the type of totalitarian
> obedience Stevens has in mind is an analogy that
> should not be lightly dismissed.
> This type of submission is further strengthened by
> the role of John Robert Stevens and the non-the
> denominational character of the Walk. If Stevens
> is truly the most important character in the
> eschatological drama, the apostle of the Kingdom,
> then what he says is the gospel truth.
> Therefore it
> is imperative that what he says must be
> accepted, believed, and obeyed at all costs.
> It is this role
> of obedience and submission that also forms the
> glue that holds the Walk together, for there
> being no formal legal structure between the
> churches in the Walk, only submission to the
> authority of John Robert Stevens provides the
> necessary union and hope of future
> What gibberish of Gary's I have listened to always
> seem to have the redundant use of the words'
> Obedient" in some form.Not an accident.
NancyB, thank you for pulling this excerpt out of Nichols' book. After being raised in a Christian church, the emphasis on submission and obedience to a person was very strange to me when I started attending TLWF. So twisted. : (
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