Tuesday, 7 May 2013
Elisabeth Elliot On Submission :
"Supreme authority in both Church and home has been divinely vested in the male as
the representative of Christ, who is the Head of the Church. It is in willing and glad
submission rather than grudging capitulation that the woman in the Church (whether
married or single) and the wife in the home find their fulfillment" ("Why I Oppose the
Ordination of Women," Christianity Today 880 :14).
"The modern cult of personality makes submission a degrading thing. We are told we
cannot be `whole persons' if we submit. Obedience is thought of as restrictive and
therefore bad. ` Freedom' is defined as the absence of restraint, quite the opposite from
the scriptural principle embodied in Jesus' words, `If you continue in my words, then are
ye my disciples, and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.' Freedom
in God's view always lies on the far side of discipline, which means obedience.... To
attempt to apply democratic ideals to the kingdom of God, which is clearly hierarchical,
can result only in a loss of power and ultimately in destruction. Christ Himself, the
Servant and Son, accepted limitation and restriction. He subjected Himself. He learned
obedience" (ibid., p.13).
~Elisabeth Elliot, wife of Jim Elliot- Missionary and Martyr.