• Matthew 20:20-28 – "Those in high positions use their authority over them.  It must not be this way among you"
  • Matthew 23:8 – "For you have one teacher and you are all brothers"
  • 1Cor 16:16 – "Submit to people like this, and to everyone who cooperates"
  • Eph 5:21 – "submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ"
  • 1Pe 5:3 – "do not Lord it over, but be examples"
  • 1Cor 14:29 – "Two or three prophets should speak, let the others evaluate"
  • 1Cor 12:17 – "To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of all"
  • Rom 2:6 – "He will reward each one according to his works"
  • 1Jn 4:18 – "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear"
  • 1Jn 2:27 – "the anointing that you received from him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you"
  • 1Pe 2:5 – "your yourselves…built up as a spiritual house to be a royal priesthood"
  • Heb 8:11 – "no need at all for each one to teach his countryman…since they will all know me, from the least to the greatest."
  • Gal 5:1 – "For freedom Christ has set us free"
  • 1Ti 2:5 – “one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus”
  • 1Sam 8:5:22 – “for that have rejected me as their king”

There are several other passages that make it clear that God is the authority whom we follow and sometimes following God’s authority requires we openly challenge our leaders.

  • Gal 2:6 – "From those who were influential (whatever they were makes no difference to me, God shows no favouritism)"
  • Gal 2:14 – "I said to Cephas in front of them all"
  • Acts 4:19 – "Whether it is right before God to obey you rather than God, you decide"

3 comments on “Other important scriptures about submission and authority

  1. Are you saying that if a pastor set a rule that the ladies on the Praise and Worship Team should wear skirt and dress because some are wearing their pants too tight, is it ok for members of the team to go against that because the bible did not directly address that…..looking forward to hear your response.

  2. I believe the leaders of an organization have every right to set the dress code for those who are playing a public role in their events.

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