1.    There is a worldwide great awakening in which God is gloriously restoring all things to His church, including an understanding of biblical authority.
2.    For too long the church has held to the Gentile system of authority that she inherited from Romanism. But all this is changing, as the Lord raises up a beautiful wineskin to contain the new wine.
3.    The LORD JESUS CHRIST will ultimately be the one and ONLY head of HIS church. Human control will not be tolerated.
4.    Many have said that this is the single greatest issue in this renewal, such as David Dyer, Mike Bickle, Bob Birch & Moishen Demian, John Arnott, Randy Clark, etc
5. This seminar paper has taken a lot from David Dyer and some others of similar thinking



David Dyer is a missionary to Brazil where the Spirit of God has been gathering in a great harvest on the very ground where Romanism has for centuries been exercising illegitimate spiritual authority.
Many have found these articles by David Dyer to be among the most helpful and refreshing teachings on biblical authority available today.
Dave has been involved in home church meetings for over twenty years. As is obvious from the introduction, it is interesting to note that these were 'renewal'  folks in Canadian home churches


God is the source of all authority.
      i.    He holds the ultimate power.
      ii.   He is the one who is sitting on the throne of the universe
      iii.  It is He who has complete control over all things.
Consequently, we can deduce that any other authority which exists in the universe has been set up by Him or at least is permitted to exist by Him.
Without His consent, it would not be possible for any other authority to survive.

            Exodus 9:15, 16
            15    For now I will stretch out my hand that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.
            16    And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.
Therefore, no matter where we find authority in this world today (either good or bad), we know that it is something which derives its legitimacy from God.”

Human governments, police forces, judges etc. are institutions which are set up by God to restrain the forces of evil in this world

            Romans 13:1-7
            1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
            2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
            3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
            4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
            5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
            6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
            7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.”

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked rule they are without remedy." (Pro. 29:2)


The first type of authority, temporal authority was ordained by God to govern the world
The second, spiritual, type to rule His people, the church.
This is a very important distinction.
Each authority is valid but each has its proper sphere.
Unfortunately, believers today often get these two types of authority confused.
Some are not even aware that such a distinction exists.
Consequently, they often try to use the earthly kind of authority to build the church.
They try, by using earthly methods and means, to bring Divine order to the body of Christ.
However, it simply will not work.


If a husband demands submission from his wife, then that is temporal authority.
But if he sets her free and she willingly submits to him, that is spiritual authority.
Just because he demands does not give it to him.
The story of the free slave
      Deuteronomy 15 – 12 – 17
      12 And if thy brother, an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and serve thee six years; then in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free from thee.
      13 And when thou sendest him out free from thee, thou shalt not let him go away empty:
      14 Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock, and out of thy floor, and out of thy winepress: of that wherewith the LORD thy God hath blessed thee thou shalt give unto him.
      15 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.
      16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee;
      17 Then thou shalt take an aul (sharp-pointed instrument), and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.


The temporal things in life are those things which can be experienced through our five natural senses
Yet all problems and situations are
 only temporary.
All things which can be seen are temporal.
Everything temporal is corruptible and potentially has some degree of wickedness,
All can have purpose in the plan of God.
All of our problems, circumstances, and situations shall pass from before us.
If one were to look at a temporal situation long enough, it would be easy for them to begin to develop faith in what they are looking at.
If viewed long enough, it will ultimately destroy them.
Viewing through a temporal mindset (traditions, thoughts) will hinder the free flow the Spirit of God in our lives.

                              temporal mindset – traditions & thoughts

Many times we look to the temporal to deliver us, but temporal authority can never deliver us, because true deliverance is permanent.

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice but when the wicked rule they are without remedy." (Pro. 29:2)

When we let the Lord's authority have its rightful place in our lives, we will rejoice.
Regardless of the circumstances, He is Lord over all and any situation that we may find ourselves in
He is the final authority
Temporal authority commands attention and it forces its constituents to obedience.
Temporal says I am of Paul, or I am of Apollos.
When people are kept under temporal authority, the spiritual authority is not present to end the situation that they are in.  


This authority is from by God to direct the souls of others.

In Spiritual Authority is the authority is "of the spirit."
Spiritual authority is a heavenly operation but it will operate in the natural.
We have tried to take temporal authority and tried to rule in the heavens
God wants us to understand spiritual authority, not so we can use it when we go to heaven, but for it to be released through us here!
We are likened to a fountain enclosed.
There is a river of life within and not only is it to flow out of us, but we are to become that life.
As we yield to that life, temporal authority will begin to wane and lose its power so that the spiritual authority can rule and reign on this earth.
Authority is directly in link with our ability to believe God
It will help our faith when we understand that it is a release of His faith in the midst of us that will bring us through because His word is the final authority
There is a ministry in the earth today that is going to teach people how to hear from God for themselves.
But they are going to do it because they understand authority.
They do not have a desire to control, but they have a desire to give you the word of the Lord that will lead you to Jesus Christ that will ultimately set you free.
God is raising up a people of understanding, a people who understand spiritual authority so they can be delivered from all things.
Because he has chosen us, he is apprehending us, subduing us and bringing us unto himself. When we are being subdued unto him, we are being subdued in an understanding of spiritual authority.


True spiritual authority never has to display itself, command attention, nor demand obedience through intimidation.
True spiritual authority is confident within itself
True spiritual authority ministers an atmosphere of freedom within its domain through service.
When one is set free by someone, they will automatically gravitate back to the one that set them free!
Individuals recognize and submit to spiritual authority in others
Spiritual Authority receives power from individuals who accord credibility, respect and recognition as spirit meets spirit in dynamic encounter.
True spiritual authority will subdue temporal authority and take dominion.
Jesus never demanded attention nor allegiance from anyone.
He never threw His weight around and never tried to control anyone.
He never made Himself of any reputation and yet His reputation preceded Him everywhere that He went.
His authority, though spiritual, reigned in the temporal domain.
Everywhere that He went, the multitudes came. Even the centurion came to Him and said,

"Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed" (Matt. 8:5)

Because the centurion understood temporal authority, he was able to understand the validity of commands and recognized that the spiritual authority that Jesus had would command deliverance.
The church is the spiritual authority in the earth.
One of the reasons she has not experience much in the realm of dominion is because she has allowed the system of temporal authority to come in.
Spiritual authority and temporal authority cannot rule the same house. Jesus stated:

"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand" (Matt. 12:25)

Spiritual says there is none but Him and in him all things exist.
Spiritual authority is
      i.    authority to serve
      ii.   Authority to put yourself last
      iii.Authority to say no to the world's ideas of self-promotion.

Christ has told us His secret

      Matthew 20:26-28
      26.   “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
      27.   And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
      28.   Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

We are authorized to imitate Him.
To obey Christ means putting yourself at the whim of the needs of others, to give up your rights and humble yourself, leaving the promotion and control up to God. 

Professor Jacob Abraham

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