“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth,” Matthew 28:18.
After Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, He explained to His apostles about the authority He had received in heaven and earth. As Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22), ruling from His throne in heaven (Heb. 8:1; Rev. 3:21; Heb. 3:1; 10:11-12), Christ is our authority on earth.
The Church (the called-out) is therefore under His power and authority. Thus, we must live, obey, organize and worship as He pleases, because He is the one with the final say, not “the called-out.” The point from scriptures is clear: The "called-out" are under the authority of Christ, and whatever we do in word or in deed must be authorized by Christ, Colossians 3:17. Friends, we are not the Creator, nor the Son of God, nor did we die and arise for anyone or anything. We have no right to claim any authority over Christ. The fact is, today there is “one Lord, one faith,” Eph. 5:23. Thus, as preachers today, we must strive to preach “warning every man, teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus,” Col. 1:28. These words of Paul cannot be fulfilled on earth today if man continues to follow their creeds and councils!
God's word clearly teaches Jesus is the vine, and we are the branches. And for us to survive, we must abide in Him, keeping His commandments (John 15:1-11). 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” John, the apostle of love, makes it clear in 2 John 1:9, "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son."
At the Brown Trail church of Christ, we understand our authority does not rest in our elders, our members, nor in a creed written by us. Our authority rests only in the words of Christ. Please, if you have any questions about this, seek out one of our elders or deacons for clarification.