RULE

1. Is it in the Bible?

Yes.

2. What do we believe it means?

God has appointed a ruler in the church. the pastor has authority over the church.

3. What does it really mean?

1Ti 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 

Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

 

 

 

These statements in the Bible leave no room for anyone to have authority over others within the church..

25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
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. (Matthew 20:25-28)

42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:42-45)

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; (Luke 22:25-29)

 

The Bible clearly teaches that we are not to exercise authority one over another among ourselves. The bible clearly gives all authority to Jesus--and makes Him the head--the Ruler. The Bible gives every believer the right to be lead directly by Jesus....

(1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; )

Hebrews 13:17a has been stressed in the church for centuries. It is very poorly translated. there is a phrase used.." them that have the rule over" This is the Greek word: (hegeomai) which simply means leadership (see study on appointed authority) the presumption that the KJV translators made (based on experience) was that Christian leadership exercises authority over others within the church. Because they made that presumption (based on an already well-established authoritarian format) we have words in the Bible like "rule".

what we need to know is that Jesus defined "rule". this same Greek word (hegeomai) which is translated as "them that have the rule over" in Hebrews 13:17 is defined by Jesus in Luke 22:25-26..

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, (hegeomai) as he that doth serve.

Christian leadership in NOT authority or "rule" over others.