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Well, over the last number of weeks, we have been talking about the necessity of authority in the church in a time when authority is not popular, and even authority from the pulpit is not popular. I can tell you from personal experience that I am the subject of much blogging and have been for many, many years and perhaps it's escalated in more recent years since I wrote the book The Truth War and I am accused, as I have in the past, of being far too authoritarian, far too dogmatic, far too narrow, far too absolute in the things that I say, that I somehow have become quote/unquote non-Christian in my advocacy of the Christian faith because I am not tolerant, I'm not accepting a wide variety of opinions and viewpoints.

I have no personal authority. We have pointed that out in this series. I have no ecclesiastical authority. We have addressed that. There is no human level on which I possess any authority. I have no authority from my education. I have no authority from my office as a pastor. I have no authority from my experience years as a Christian, years in ministry. The only authority that I have and the only time that I am to be heard as an authority is when I rightly proclaim to you the truth of the Word of God. For only the Word of God is the authority.

And so we have talked about how important it is to recognize that God speaks authoritatively. We began in our study to consider Titus 2:15 where we are reminded by the Apostle Paul as preachers and as those who proclaim the gospel to speak, exhort and reprove with all authority. In fact, "Let no one disregard you, no one evade you," the Greek means, no one try to get around you. We are to speak with an authority that is binding on everyone, that no one can allude or evade....

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