Dan. 4:17— This sentence is by the decree of the [heavenly] watchers and the decision is by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High [God] rules the kingdom of mankind and gives it to whomever He will and sets over it the humblest and lowliest of men.
7 Levels Of Authority:
1—–God who is sovereign- He is the highest level of authority, the definition of sovereign “Supremacy of authority or rule” When it is all said and done God who cannot lie and cannot change is supreme and final authority.
2—–The Holy Scriptures which is the written word of God—-God gave us His word to straighten out our thinking conforming us to His own thoughts and desires they testify of Jesus Christ.
3—–The Conscience—-The soul as distinguishing between what is morally good and bad No one no matter who they are has authority over another’s conscience.
4—–Spiritual Authority—-There are times when the scriptures may not be clear on a matter and we don’t know what we should do, this is where God delegates authority to ministry they are accountable to God so they have God-given authority to speak into our lives again no one has a right to override another’s conscience and never give someone this right of authority unless they are willing to give their time talent and treasure to your betterment.
5—–Delegated Authority—–God has given authority to government officials. They are to be respected as such If we do wrong then we suffer for the wrong we have done, they are the instruments of God for the order of society.
6—–Functional Authority—–This level of authority consists of those who have been given responsibilities — responsibility without authority is meaningless this may be an usher, a worship leader, an attendant, a servant etc. those with a higher authority should always respect it.
7—–Contractual Authority-—- The integrity of a man shall guide him once we enter into a contract we bind ourself to this authority of agreement.
Scott Stimson Sr.
* Inspired from a message by Bishop David Huskins