AUTHORITY

Just as the scribes and Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses (Matthew 23:2), so
these modern Pharisees have set themselves in place of the Holy Spirit of God.  They do this so that
they are the final authority on the interpretation and understanding of the Scriptures.  They have
taken away the key of knowledge (Luke 11:52) which is the Holy Spirit.  As Matthew 23:13 says,  
"You shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you
allow those who are entering to go in."  These men falsely instruct others to submit to their authority
instead of the Holy Spirit whom they deny.  They are actively involved in quenching the Spirit and
despising prophetic utterances (1 Thessalonians 5:19-20).  They will tell you to submit to their
authority, yet they submit to no one.  There are no scriptural grounds to support their error.  Paul
makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 14:32,  "...the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets."  
This is the way it will be once again.  

"For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the Lord; who tell the
seers, "Do not see!" and say to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us truthful things, tell us pleasant
things and prophesy deceits."   Isaiah 30:9-10.  The prophecy of Joel 2:28-29 is the true authority,  
"It will happen afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind; and your sons and daughters
will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.  And also on the
servants and on the handmaids in those days, I will pour out my Spirit."  This prophecy is restated by
the apostle Peter in the book of Acts chapter 2, verses 17-21 on the day of Pentecost.  According to
the scriptures, visions and dreams are the highest mark of intelligence and wisdom.  "Now as for
these four youths, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: Daniel even had
understanding in all visions and dreams."  Daniel  1:17

The main authority doctrine of the modern Pharisees is based on Romans 13:1-2,  "Let every soul
be in subjection to the higher authorities.  For there is no authority except from God, and those
which exist are  ordained by God.  Therefore, he who resists authority, resists the ordinance of God."
Christians today have been taught that this scripture means obeying all authority without question
but this cannot be the meaning that Paul intended or he would be an advocate for lawlessness.  We
are to obey authority only so long as that authority is in accord with God's ten commandments.  If
that authority is telling you to lie, murder and steal or that authority is engaged in doing the same, we
are not obliged to obey anything from that authority.  As the Lord says in Hebrews  10:28, "Anyone
who disregards the Law of Moses dies without compassion on the testimony of two or three
witnesses."  Proverbs 28:4  tells us our duty in regard to such lawlessness;  "Those who forsake the
law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law contend with them."  "Have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness,  but rather even reprove them.  For the things which are done by them
in secret, are shameful even to speak of.  But all things, when they are reproved, are revealed by
the light, for everything that is revealed becomes light.  Therefore He says, "Awake, you who sleep,
and arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you."   Ephesians  5:11-14

The Lord commands us further in Isaiah 58:6,  "Is not this the fast I have chosen, to release the
bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you
break every yoke?"  The ones in control of the bonds of wickedness and the bands of the yoke are
the "authorities."  In the epistle of James 2:6-7  we read,  "Is it not the rich who oppress you and
personally drag you into court?  Do they not blaspheme the honorable name by which you are
called?"  It is not God's will that we submit to wicked authorities:  "But let justice roll down like rivers
and righteousness like a mighty stream."  Amos 5:24  "We must obey God rather than men."  Acts  
5:29

"The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that it is worthless."  1 Corinthians  3:20  The first
Christian martyr, Stephen, summed up the whole state of affairs in Acts 7:51-53,  "You stiff-necked
and uncircumcised of heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit!   As your fathers did so you
are the same.  Which  of the prophets did your fathers not persecute?  They killed those who had
previously foretold the coming of the Righteous One, of whom you have now become betrayers and
murderers.  You, who received the law as it was ordained by angels, and did not keep it."

"But do not be called 'Rabbi,' for one is your teacher, Jesus Christ and all of you are brothers.  Call
no man on earth your father; for one is your Father, He who is in heaven.  Neither be called masters
for One is your Master, Jesus Christ."   Matthew  23:8-10   "Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the
Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty."  2 Corinthians 3:17  

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be sated."     
Matthew  5:6
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