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God's authority represents God Himself. God alone is authority in all things; all the authorities of the earth are instituted by God. It is therefore important for us who desire to serve God to know the authority of God.
Paperback, 191 pages
Published January 1st 1980 by Christian Fellowship Publishers (first published January 1st 1972)
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David Elmore I disagree for I see it in a different light. To me it explains God's delegated authority given to the priests and scribes. The Shepard of Gods sheep …moreI disagree for I see it in a different light. To me it explains God's delegated authority given to the priests and scribes. The Shepard of Gods sheep has spiritual authority but does not have the right to lord it over the sheep.
The Shepard is accountable to God for the spiritual well being of the flock, taking into consideration that said shepard has a Godly heart for the flock.(less)
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James Seawel
Nov 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't know whether to re-read this book and truly receive what was offered or to put it down in favor of the nearest feel-good Christian book. It was not a pleasurable experience reading this book as I was continually convicted. I argued with the author and God throughout, but I can say this book opened my eyes in areas I knew not that they were closed. Don't read this book for a pick-me-up, but only if you're ready for a challenge to go deeper with God. I'm glad I read it, probably will re-re ...more
Aug 31, 2008 rated it really liked it
A great explanation of spiritual authority, both directly from God and indirectly through the people He places over us. It's basically impossible not to feel convicted about something while you read Watchman Nee. He's not afraid to call you out.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I think that this is a subject to many Christians ignore. We want to hear about why we can do what we want, not about who we should obey. Nee reminds us of what is important and who we are to serve.

While the language of the books was a bit archaic, I easily read it. My big issue was with this book was the author tried so hard to make his point, that sometimes he twisted scripture to do it. While there is plenty of biblical basis for what he was saying, he went a little overboard trying to prove
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A classic work with basic principles that all Christian's should learn and apply in their day to day living. This book, like each one of his books, communicates key principles on a basic level so anyone can grasp wisdom and understanding.
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazing - how to grow in spiritual authority by finding it, and submitting to it, in every situation of life.
Anita Dix-McLaughlin
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
You can not be in authority unless you can be under authority. This book gives much to consider, so spiritually rich. A must read for all Christian leaders.
Mar 04, 2007 is currently reading it
Recommends it for: believers in Christ
I thank God for his writing: I picked this up to learn about his life --- [Watchman Nee became a Christian in mainland China in 1920 at the age of seventeen and began writing in the same year. Throughout the nearly thirty years of his ministry, Watchman Nee was clearly manifested as a unique gift from the Lord to His Body for His move in this age. In 1952 he was imprisoned for his faith; he remained in prison until his death in 1972. His words remain an abundant source of spiritual revelation an ...more
Oct 23, 2008 rated it liked it
I actually listened to the CD version. I found it very challenging. I appreciated the consistent referral to scripture. I have a better understanding of the topic as well as more questions. I am not convinced that the author's interpretation and application are always accurate.
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book has radically helped me to define my worldview. Rebellion is such a problem with me, but this book tenderly exposed the issue and how the cross deals with it so severely. I'm so grateful for it!
Aug 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The power of real prayer, the understanding who we are in Christ, and the action of perseverance!
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When talking about obedience, one can easily fall into the trap of legalism. This book avoids that.
Lavon Herschberger
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I decided to read this book amid the questions that many Christians are facing in 2020. How do we honor civil authority and their COVID-19 restrictions while first honoring God?

Nee asserts that we naturally push against authority. We always have. Satan did. Rebellion is the primary sin. Submission to God’s authority is vital for the Christian, and though none of us question that, we sometimes forget that all authority (civil, church, family) is given by God (Romans 13:1).

Of course, authority c
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
The authority of God is absolute. As a created being, my role is obedience. Instead of living in the freedom of obedience with God, humanity chose to live in rebellion, usurping God's authority and separating us from His presence forever.

The connection Nee makes to Jesus' obedience as a human to our own rebellious condition is stark and has changed the way I think about my own obedience to the will of God. All authority is God's to give and he does so only to the obedient. Nee's use of history f
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All Christians, new and long-timers
The premises of this book are 1) when given spiritual authority in the Church, be obedient to God and 2) being obedient to the spiritual authorities in your church is the same as obedience to Christ.

I read this book at a time when there was upheaval in my local church. I'm glad I'd come as far as I had in my walk with Christ or I may have been seriously wounded over what was happening. Because Watchman Nee understood obedience and humility, he taught me a few things. I learned more about my own
Feb 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't what I expected, but I was pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, my mind often wondered while reading and I would have to go back and re-read a lot. It wasn't because the material was too complex, but maybe just not engrossing. That said, i still loved it, and would highly recommend it. It was filled with so much humility and foundational Christian principles. It wasn't about our authority in Christ, but God's authority and how we need to submit to his established authority.
John Esker Jr.
Jan 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
There was some great insight into the subject of spiritual authority as revealed by the Bible. However there were some confusing claims about the ideas of reason and thought being tied to rebellion that I felt were not soundly defended. Overall I felt the book had a good grasp on capturing a right perspective of authority and submission.
Oct 27, 2009 rated it liked it
took me almost a year to finally get through until I trapped myself on a trip with only this book and no other. good info, though, and good because of the lack of emphasis on authority in the current cultural context.
Kim Johnson
Mar 06, 2008 rated it liked it
Good book. It's not a novel, but it helps you put things into perspective.
Johan Wentzel
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Probably the best in the category !! Brilliant work, makes you think!
Greg Fischer
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Great book, a lot of great truths in it. It was a little hard for me to get through, but I did enjoy it.
Henry Alvarado
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great read for leaders/believers! Good addition to personal library.
Ann Moore
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me to understand my authority in Christ and to lay claim to what He desired to give me from His kingdom. Excellent read!
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
it was enlightening. all the complaints leveled against are not valid.
Ana Avila
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of my favorite books ever.
Joel Toppen
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Very deep book on an important topic. This is a book that should be carefully read by every Christian in the Western World.
Angela Kennelly
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. It was the spirtual alignment that I needed.
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked up this book. I'd heard of Watchman Nee, but I'd never read his works and I didn't know what approach he would take towards spiritual authority in this book.

I thought this book might be about authority in prayer. I was a bit surprised to discover this book is really about earthly authority/leaders -- how should Christians respond to those in authority, who does God put in authority, what qualifies someone to be in authority, what can people in au
Sheila Conley
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must for understanding spiritual authority and how to operate under it and in the place of authority. Watchman Nee uses Jesus' example and the basis of structure put in place from God to teach true, Biblical submission to authority. I have heard of some people having a hard time digesting this book, but spiritual authority is vital to the kingdom. Proper spiritual authority from mature leaders who do not use these principles to abuse others, but rather understand the weight of bei ...more
David Batten
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Great point, somewhat over-applied. His identification of Authority and Rebellion as themes running throughout the Bible and his application of that theme to the Christian life are excellent. He is helpfully jarring when reading in a modern, western, anti-authority context.

On the other hand, he reads the theme of authority into some places where it is at best secondary, and generally fails to see any other biblical theme at all. A careful reader will know how to keep the good and skip the excess
Marion Wiley
Jun 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book is regularly used by abusive churches to establish their "authority" over whoever chooses to submit to it. It is required reading in these places, and thus a huge red flag to anyone attending one of these places. This book is the basis for the so-called spiritual covering doctrine that insulates the leadership from any kind of accountability, and keeps the rest in complete submission to them like the "dumb sheep" they are regularly told they are. I cannot speak to the intent of the aut ...more
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Watchman Nee (Chinese: 倪柝聲; pinyin: Ní Tuòshēng; Foochow Romanized: Ngà̤ Táuk-sĭng; 1903–1972) was a Chinese Christian author and church leader during the early 20th century. He spent the last 20 years of his life in prison and was severely persecuted by the Communists in China. Together with Wangzai, Zhou-An Lee, Shang-Jie Song, and others, Nee founded The Church Assembly Hall, later which would ...more

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