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    reprimanded for his poor attitude, feeble effort, and frequent misbehavior, he responded "Well, I don't like Mr. Tower as a teacher. He is boring; he doesn't ask us questions like Mr. Hinton does. If he were a better teacher, I wouldn't get so bored and misbehave!"

    "Marvin," his principal responded, "how many bosses do you think you might work for, if God would give you life and health for many years?"

    "I don't know, Sir. I suppose several."

    "Do you think you would like and respect them all equally?"

    "I suppose not."

    "Would it be right to work diligently for the one and do little or nothing for the other?"

    "No, it would not," Marvin answered. "I understand your point."

    How does 1 Peter 2:18-20 address this same concern?

Open disobedience and disrespect mark the breakdown of a home, church, institution, and government. Rebellion seeks to place control in the hands of those who have no right to control. By demanding, commanding, or threatening, children have no right to control parents; students, their teacher; nor church members, their consistory. To emphasize the corruptness and evilness of this sin, God refers to the wicked as "children of disobedience" in His Word. Under Israel's civil law, a continually rebellious son or one who cursed his parents was to be stoned to death.

The only time a person may and must refuse to obey an authority is when the authority commands him to do that which God forbids, or to not do something that God commands. God and His Word are the ultimate authority; those placed by the Lord in delegated authority positions may never require of others that which contradicts God's will.

    The apostles demonstrated this truth after disobeying the Sanhedrin's command not to preach the gospel. The following verses testify of this.

    "And when they had brought them (the apostles), they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye


Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward,

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully,

For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God,

- I Peter 2:18-20



Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience,

- Ephesians 2:2

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

- Ephesians 5:6


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