The DEFINITION of the HOME

Last time, I wrote brief summaries of the 3 Divinely ordained institutions of Authority over human relationships: The Home, Civil Government, and the Local Church. I will continue this series today, beginning with the Home.

The Home has faced as many attacks against its survival as there have been homes in human history.  Yours is no exception to the rule!  The devil hates God’s Design and will do everything he can to confuse, control, and corrupt our minds in order that he may re-define and re-design what has been called for generations, “the Home”.

Since it was God Himself who designed the Home, I will use His Word, the Holy Bible, to help us to have a better understanding of His expectations and His Divine Definition of the Home.

Genesis 2:21-24

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;

22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

The Definition of the Home

In the Book of Genesis, we read of God’s Creative acts.  On Day 6, God Created man-kind in His Own Image.  God said that everything He made on that day was “very good”!  That includes the designations of His Creation and the purposes for which He created them.  God made “man” out of the dust of the ground and formed “woman” from a rib taken from the side of the man.  God presented the man with the woman to be his wife.  Evidently, it was God’s idea for a man to marry a woman, and that righteous standard is clearly seen as the ONLY acceptable definition of marriage throughout the Word of God!  Although there have been cultures and societies (some noted in the Bible) that have maligned God’s Holy standard, and have made up their own standard, Jesus Himself said in Matthew 19:4-5 “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?”

There is NOTHING difficult to understand about that statement!

God, Who Designed the Home, has now Defined the Home.  Anything other than this Divinely described statement of what marriage is, clearly removes the absolute authority of the Designer to be the Definer! God recognizes His definition to be THE definition for marriage, family, children, and homes.  When we, as a society, begin to shift away from the Almighty’s original design, we set ourselves up for failure and moral divide!  There have always been various segments of the culture who have insisted upon retaining the “right” to live and act and promote agendas other than what God has already determined to be RIGHT.  However, no matter how many home-made rules, rights, or allowances we may enact, it is STILL God ALONE Who sets the standards for right and wrong, gender distinctions, marriage, and the home in general.  He Who DESIGNED His Creation, DEFINES His Creation, and ALL of Creation will answer to Him in Judgment one day! Praise the LORD!



A Matter of Jurisdiction

“It’s a Matter of Jurisdiction”

 

When God Divinely ordained authority, He delegated that authority into three areas of human relationships. God Almighty instituted the Home 1st, Civil Government 2nd, and the Local Church 3rd. Just like the Trinity itself, these are all independent, yet they work together to bring righteousness to the forefront of societies.  These exist to train, to teach, and to try people, that we may live our lives to the honor and glory of God Almighty. Lest there be any errors, omissions, or misunderstandings, all three were exclusively derived from, defined by, and described in the Holy Bible, God’s Word.  God Himself established His Word as the Supreme Authority over all of His Creation.

The jurisdictional responsibilities given to these three institutions of God’s Divine Authority are limited within Scripture.  These 3 prove to us that we need the order and guidance of Divine Providence lest we stray from His Word and His Will. With this post, I hope to begin an informational series to discuss these three institutions of God’s Authority, and describe their purpose, place, and power in all of our lives.  I hope to share the benefits associated with being an active and properly functioning member of each one.  Remembering that God Himself gave us His perfect order and plan for our lives, it is only fitting that I write from a Biblical worldview, giving allegiance to the Almighty and allowing Him to own and order these institutions as He sees fit.

The HOME:

We know it was God Who designed and defined marriage, the home, and the family within the first few chapters of Genesis.  He gave “woman” to be the wife of “man” and to their union alone was given the biological abilities afforded by natural law to reproduce children and to “be fruitful and multiply” into generations of families.  These families were to be led and guided by the godly example of their family head, the father.  Over time, the need was evident to govern between families who were independent of each other’s Home authority.  God Himself ordained Civil Government to fill part of that position of responsibility…

CIVIL GOVERNMENT:

It was God’s idea to ordain Civil Government to represent the rights and protect the liberties of each individual and each Home.  Also, that one “Home” could not impede the liberty or the pursuit of happiness enjoyed by another “Home”.  The Civil Government was given authority to incarcerate, levy taxes, protect its citizens, wage war, exact capital punishment, and much more as they fulfilled their duty to represent and protect the individuals within its realm and jurisdiction…

The LOCAL CHURCH:

The Local Church exists to proclaim the Truth of God’s Word to every Home and to every Civil Government.  The Word of God has historically been the standard by which every individual in every Home would be faced with the reality of their sin-guiltiness, and every Civil Government would be held accountable to base the “law of the land” upon the Eternal and Unchanging Laws of “Nature and of Nature’s God”, the Bible…

 

The authority of the Local Church does not overreach into the authority of the Home or the Civil Government, and neither does any level of Civil Government have authority to usurp the authorities of the Home or the Local Church, likewise the Home does not trump the Church or Civil Government.  These were all equally delegated with jurisdictional authority by Almighty God Himself.  Each of these has a mutual responsibility to each of the others, to continue to honor the Lord by functioning properly within their God-given jurisdiction.

Tony Jones is the Pastor of Faith Baptist Church. He and his wife and family have been ministering here in Walterboro for over 11 years. Pastor Tony Jones has been in full time pastoral ministry for over 19 years.

 



Unavoidable and Unchangeable Storms…

As I write this, Amanda and I STILL do not have electricity at our house. We have been, like so many across the South Carolina LowCountry, POWERLESS over the last few days. Now, before you begin asking yourself, I will answer the obvious question…”How can you be writing an email and sending it without power?” Well, we have “moved” into the Church Prophet’s Chamber since yesterday morning… Thankfully, the Church has power, and I have a place to take my family when we faced these difficult circumstances and storms. It has had me thinking alot about how addicted we all are to these conveniences and luxuries of life. God has truly blessed us and I would never discount His blessings, but the greatest blessings are NOT those that are plugged in, charged up, or operated by the flick of a switch. I guess it dawned on me with intensity two nights ago, when I sat down to eat supper by unintended candlelight. Amanda had cooked grits and scrambled eggs on our Coleman campstove, we boiled water and made tea, and sitting around the table were the GREATEST BLESSINGS OF MY LIFE!!! The laughter was contagious, the food was GREAT, and the candlelight revealed countenances that were aglow with JOY in spite of the storm and our powerless situation. We are currently STILL without power, but we’re OK. We came to the Prophet’s Chamber about 10:30 yesterday morning and have worked in and around the school as a family. We saw different church members throughout the day, and slept comfortably (after being lulled to sleep by the whispers and giggles of kids who’s lives are supposed to be miserably inconvenienced.)

As I have reflected upon the physical events of the last few days, I realize some deeper spiritual lessons that we have learned…

 

1. We are NOT in control, so there is NO need to get all bent out of shape during a unavoidable and unchangeable storm

2. When there is NO POWER at your house, there is STILL POWER at God’s House!

3. Get your family to the Church as quickly as possible to avoid any further danger or damage done by the “storms” in your life!

4. The storm itself may be over, but the damage and inconveniences caused by the storm may last awhile longer…so STAY at the Church!

5. Don’t get in any hurry to leave the Church…there’s STILL Power at the House of God!!!

6. God may not be through teaching me “Life Lessons”, so don’t panic or fret about today either

7. The SAME Power I have enjoyed at the House of God, will soon be at MY house as well, I just have to be patient and let God use the men who are hard at work restoring the “light” to my house

(I sure hope you’re getting this…)

8. This too shall pass, and with it ALL the “Life Lessons” I did NOT learn, so learn EVERYTHING you can through this unavoidable and unchangeable “storm”

 

Serving Jesus with a RENEWED Joy,

Pastor Tony Jones

 

P.S. – The Valentine Banquet has been cancelled for tonight. If it can be rescheduled, I will announce a new date and time.

For now, enjoy…REALLY ENJOY the TRUE BLESSINGS in your life and have the Happiest Valentine’s Day EVER!!!

If you are out in town, stop by the House of God…it’s where I have “moved” my family, and we’re having the time of our lives!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!