Now for the area of “church authority” I must ask how much authority does the church have? Did you know with the Catholics they forbade the clergy to marry? This is not only unbiblical it is also grounds for every sexual sin under the sun , which is why it is often heard or common that the priests in the Catholic church not only have sex with the nuns, but engage in other sexual sins like homosexuality. I have read a lot in history about alter boys being molested at a young age by the priests….so this is one area or one example where the church has no business and that is forbidding to marry.
I faced this while considering being part of the Mennonite community about 20 years ago. They had a head somewhere that made all the rules of “that particular sect of Mennonites” (study Menno Simmons, church history). Whith this /these groups they make standards or sub laws under God’s law, which is not biblical. I found myself conforming so much to their dress code, and car code, and house code that I forgot about
God’s code: (God’s laws). We don’t need a dress code we just need to follow what the Bible says. Women should dress modestly (whether pants, dresses, coulots etc.) and should not dress to entice men. Women now days say, “Well it doesn’t matter it’s his problem.” No, it is society’s problem. Women in America used to care. That’s all. But they don’t. And for that matter it is also good for men to dress in moderation also.
Well, these are two examples of where the church has overstepped their bounds. I will also say it is wrong to shun people even after they have stopped committing what ever wrong they did. We should be as God and forget each others sins just as the Lord does not hold a grudge. David did say, “Lord if you should count our iniquities, Lord who shall stand?….God is not a God who remembers forever our sins nor should we continuously punish someone who is sorry. But never the less it is happening so much so I don’t ever think I will be found worthy of any of the men at a a particular church
not even if I were acutally reborn a third time and became a virgin all over….I will never truly be considered an equal and probably, this is part of the reason the Father favors me…because I am unwanted, or least esteamed. But that is also un Biblical because the Bible teaches that every person should esteem the next person as better than himself.
When we go about disqualifying people based on what ever petty reasons we can come up with we in actuality make them greater than ourselves.