These first two documents are replies to a question about Victor’s call for submission to him as a man of God. The first reply is Victor’s and the second is Paul’s.
Jesus Christ is the undisputed Shepherd for those who believe, Who cares for and leads His sheep. He sends shepherds in His Name for this purpose, to feed His sheep, as He specifically said and did with Peter. Is this fact not what the pope of Rome uses to claim his legitimacy and authority? But false claims such as his do not dispel what is authentic and needful. There are those who are sent by God (not ordained of men), who serve Him in leading others in the way. Since His way means life, submission is critical to the working out of salvation for those to whom He sends His servants.
We preach what we are and what we have. To whom much is given, much will be required. The case for submission is laid out so that you might hear and know that God cares enough to tell you otherwise than what you think and please to do. He laid down His life to this end, so the matter will not go away; now you are made aware that there is a better way.
This paper exposes the lie that we are all of equal authority and privilege before God the moment we become Christians and therefore need not obey or submit to God-ordained authorities sent for our sakes that we may learn to walk with God. The spirit of independence and pride are addressed here, which spirit is none other than that of the Evil One coming as a child of light.
The spirit of lawlessness, of iniquity, is everywhere, in everyone. It is that spirit whose ringing cry is, “You’re not going to tell ME what to do!” It is that “wicked one,” that man of sin, that son of pride which hates the law of God because it hates Him. People must be addressed and dealt with on a personal and specific basis and not only in general. And if they are going to walk with God, they must submit to such correction, without murmuring.
From: Madeline To: Paul Cohen, Ronnie Tanner, Victor Hafichuk, Cassidy, and Marilyn Hafichuk Sent: Monday, May 23, 2016 9:00 AM Subject: I'm sorry I don't really know how to start this letter, I miss my family. I'm here in Texas and I'm miserable. I want to come home more than anything in the world. As soon as I landed here and saw my earthly family waiting for me I wanted to turn around and run away as fast as I can. Nothing has changed here, everyone is just as fake as they were before. I made the worst mistake leaving. I thought I wanted what I wanted and that you all were wrong, but now I'm here and I have this freedom to do whatever and I want nothing more than the Lords law and correction. I feel like a phantom here, it makes me sick to see the way everyone is living in sin and lawlessness. I will do anything it takes to go back home to Helena. I've been an ungrateful fool, taking everything personally, letting my hormones and emotions rule my life, and not listening to the wisdom that the Lord has been graciously giving me. This is hell being here. Looking back on everything I see that the Lord just wanted me to give up myself, which is a piece of crap anyways, so that he could give me the true treasure. Since being here Silas is completely ignoring me, and I'm not kidding he doesn't even acknowledge that I'm here. Paul and Ronnie, I am so sorry for the way I disregarded everything you did for me. Cassidy, I've been a truly terrible and unsubmissive wife. Vict...
A believing woman asked us: “I wanted to ask, if we, as women, have the right to rebuke or correct anyone in the Lord?”
“I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all” (Ecclesiastes 9:11 MKJV).