One attempt at justifying Christian leaders exercising authority draws on Watchman Nee’s Spiritual Authority: “We must know how to obey within the church. There is no authority within the church which does not require obedience. People will perhaps argue, ‘What if the authority is wrong?’ The answer is, if God dares to entrust His authority to men, then we can dare to obey. Whether the one in authority is right or wrong does not concern us, since he has to be responsible directly to God. The obedient needs only to obey….  Insubordination, however, is rebellion, and for this the one under authority must answer to God”. This is plainly nonsense because it dooms every member of a cult to remain in bondage and Jesus expressly forbids us to be misled by anyone, in authority or not.  Read more >>