My father and I have written a white paper entitled The Bible and Authority in the Church. We invite anyone interested to download and print the paper (pdf) here. Our booklet is designed to help those Christians who have been told that certain people have spiritual authority over others in the church. Many Christians have been duped into believing that the Bible teaches God places pastors, deacons, elders, or other individuals in the church "over" the flock of Christ, similar to a Chief Executive Officer rules "over" a corporation, or a board rules "over" a company, etc... Further, Christian patriarchalism proposes that only men should be placed in those positions of authority, making the issue of spiritual authority one of gender. Christian feminism reacts to unblibical patriarchalism by emphasizing gender--the female gender--and errs in a similar manner to patriarchalism. Our white paper shows that true spiritual authority comes from God's gifting, Christ's commissioning and the Spirit's anointing. We Christians individually serve the body of Christ through the anointed giftedness each of us has received. Nowhere in Scripture is any human being ever given the role of having "authority" over another Christian. In fact, Jesus absolutely forbids this type of leadership and authority that the world loves to practice (Matthew 20:26). For Christians, Jesus Christ is the only authority over us. All authority is His. Because of this, those fellow Christians around us who have been gifted by God, commissioned by Christ, and anointed by the Holy Spirit, edify the body of Christ. The church has servant/leaders who encourage others through the gifts God has given them--regardless of their gender, their race, or their social status. I have written before that the major problem in the evangelical church is authoritarianism, not legalism. Now we provide the answers to the problem. It is my hope that this white paper will be useful to those who are interested in applying within the church what the Scripture actually teaches on the subject of authority.