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Spiritual Authority

Spiritual Authority

by Watchman Nee, Stephen Kaung


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Spiritual Authority

The chapters in this volume on the nature of Spiritual Authority are drawn from a series of messages delivered by the great Chinese preacher-teacher, Watchman Nee, during a training period for Christian workers in China in 1948.

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ISBN-13: 9780935008357
Publisher: Christian Fellowship Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/1980
Pages: 191
Sales rank: 122,659
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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Spiritual Authority 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have to disagree with one of the previously stated review where this books was simply talking about being submisive to the chinese goverment at the time, but more so its talking about being submisive to the main author of life, God. Well writen, thought out and packed with scriptual backing, I think this is a must read for any one who really wants to make sure there life is as sinless as humanly possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book to read. I really enjoyed it. Its also had versus from the bible which is great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent for Bible study. It is very Bible-based and gives you clear cut examples of what is entailed in living a life of obedience to God by learning about God's authority. I would highly recommend this book to Christians who love God and want to live their lives in obedience to God.
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DLS81 More than 1 year ago
This book is a gripping read of the importance of understanding submission within the Heavenly Kingdom paradigm. The truth is we humans really do not want to submit to anyone or be held accountable for our actions. However, there is a God who examines the heart of everything we do.

Watchman Nee emphasizes the importance of submitting to God's authority and His delegated authority. Jesus walked in perfect obedience, although he was God in the flesh. He submitted to the Father's will and stripped Himself of His deity.

Nee also eloquently examines examples of rebellion. He emphasizes the extreme ramifications of operating in rebellion (or offering strange fire), which usually equated to death either physically or spiritually.

Learning to submit is especially important if one desires to lead. Those who are in leadership positions are held to a much higher standard in God's eyes so learning to submit is pivotal to success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is a strange thing that in reading a book that is meant to engender submission, one resists its message. Watchman Nee quotes scripture after scripture to establish what to him is an ultimate truth about God: 'that believers would best be called 'obeyers'. I shake at the thought of my own inability to obey, and I suspect such resistance to this book comes from two places. One is founded in that Nee makes many blanket statements using absolute language, which sets him up for contradiction. There are times to resist authority in opposition to God, but most of the time, under the biblical doctrine that all authority is set up by God. Clearly absolute language cannot be used within this envelope. The other factor, which I believe most comes in to play within resistance to this book, is our own personal rebellion against a Christianity, which radically challenges us to completely sell out to Christ. This is a tall order, and there is no doubt a call to us to do this, as from what I can gather, Watchman Nee was/is sold out to Christ. A problem with this book could be its translation and compilation, but of course I'm not sure, as I'm not familiar with the texts and speeches which were its source, and even if I were my Chinese language skills are a bit rusty 'specifically non-existent'. A few members of my study group said that according to the story/legend, this book was compiled by Nee disciples after his death from Journal entries, speeches he wrote and then in this edition, was translated by Stephen Kaung. This is something to think about while dealing with the absolute language or the apparent contradictions in logic. I'd like to add that the last 5 chapters were the best, in my opinion in the book. Anyone seeking to lead, or who have even been selected or called to Christian service should read them to learn the passion Christ's leadership was fraught with and the sharp sword we wield when we aspire to lead, judge, disciple and teach. That sword cuts us as we can cut others. We should think significantly before handling it. All in all, when reading negative reviews, my comment is that Christians will read all kinds of secular fiction and see whatever movie is playing, but will not read this book because a few of Nee's followers ended up a bit wacky. We have to remember the political context this was in and the psychological pressures of China under Mao and secular humanism. I ask what kind of psyche would I develop? All in all, consider the context and read humbly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has erased all doubt from my previous understandings of what I thought about The True God. All I can say is I understand now. Please read, it's wonderfull.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I also disagree with the reviewer who seems to think that the book is strictly based on Watchman Nee's experience in China. I believe that his book was based on his experience with the Almighty. If anyone reads this book they can clearly see for themselves it's foundation is from the Bible. I believe that Wathman heard straight from God's throne while in China for him to have obtained the revelation of the Bible enough to write about it. Thank God for his revelation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1948, China was under Communist rule. The people of China did not have a voice in any form of their government. This book is a translation of the teacher, Watchman Nee, for Chinese workers, who are taught to be subservient, by the way, at that time. It is like being in a Communist State of Being. Spiritual Authority or 'Obey me or Die'? It is written in 1948 prose as if to put fear in the people, which, at that time, was probably easy to do.
Guest More than 1 year ago Widely read Christian author with some controversial teachings. Nee required blanket, unquestioning obedience. He also taught that all Christians must have a 'Covering' - a person who has delegated authority, must be obeyed unconditionally, and who must be imitated. This 'covering' does not stop with matters of faith and doctrine, but also extends to personal and secular matters (such as choice of employment, place to live, whether or not to marry, etc.) In addition, Nee taught there should only be one congregation in each city. Whenever Nee's followers moved into a city, they proclaimed themselves as the only church approved by God in that city. These doctrines have been picked up by various abusive churches and cultic movements, such as the International Churches of Christ. He mysticises Christianity. False prophet of the worst type. Wish you could rate negative.. It's DANGEROUS