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Matthew 21:23When He entered the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?”
Jesus was confronted by the priests as He entered the Temple courts. Quite the contrast. A simple carpenter’s Son with no appearance of position or authority and yet he commanded the attention of the people and incurred the ire of the priests who saw in Him a threat to their positions of comfort and authority. It is just so today. Large denominations are falling apart as the leaders of these groups seek to bend and mold themselves to the times and “adapt” scripture for a new age. Just as the priests in Jesus’ day these leaders want to water down the harder aspects of scripture that call you and I to turn away from sin and walk a straight and narrow upward way following our Shepherd and King Jesus.
From the very beginning there has been foreshadowed the disconnect between Godly authority as spoken by Jesus in the Gospels and the scriptures and what I would have to term Ecclesiastical authority. There is a blueprint to be found in the Bible that shows the way to deal with the aberrations of culture. Perhaps the words of Paul to the Colossians say it most clearly. 35 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.