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This is part four of a blog series by John Alley on the subject of apostolic authority. These are taken from Chapter 5 of his book, The Apostolic Revelation. Part three is available here.

The Specific Authorities of an Apostle

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This is part three of a blog series by John Alley on the subject of apostolic authority. These are taken from Chapter 5 of his book, The Apostolic Revelation. . Part two is available here.

A Different Style of Authority

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This is part two of a blog series by John Alley on the subject of apostolic authority. These are taken from Chapter 5 of his book, The Apostolic Revelation. . Part one is available here.

No Authority Without Submission to Authority

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This is part one of a series of blogs by John Alley on Apostolic Authority. These are taken from Chapter 5 of his book, The Apostolic Revelation.

The question of authority is one of the pivotal issues for the reformation of the church. As we often say, “this is where the rubber hits the road”. Either apostles do have authority over the church on behalf of Christ, or they do not.

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This article is a continuation of part 4, which can be read here.

This is the last page of this series and completes the article. You can start reading the first part here.

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This is continued from part three.

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The man’s ‘delusion’ was, having read that in the last times the Holy Spirit would give gifts to all believers and not just to ministers, he thought, because of the revival, the time must have come, and so he believed God. However, his leaders thought it was delusion. The finale is this:

He exceedingly laments the dishonour he has done to God and the wound he has given religion and has laid low before God and man for it.

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How do you maintain a revival once you have one? The question is relevant, because most of the revivals in history have been very short-lived. Not many revivals last more than a year or two; some last only a day or two. Who wants to go through years of prayer to obtain something from the Lord only to have it dissipate?

I will come to the specific issue of vows and covenants in a moment, but first some background is needed. Years ago I spent time seeking the Lord on this important question – because my heart’s desire was to see a revival that would span multiple generations.

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A year ago I began to address formally the subject of eschatology - for very good reasons, as I will explain. But most pastors I meet say they are "pan-millenialist." This is the good-natured position that they "believe it will all 'pan out' OK in the end." And so, most pastors do not teach much of anything about eschatology. The reason is, there are so many conflicting views, it is a complicated subject, and it can be so controversial. Pastors generally don't want to go there for two reasons: they don't have enough knowledge nor the exegetical skills nor the time to acquire them on such a complicated, deeply awkward subject, and then, they don't want to open up the controversies in their church. This I understand. But it gives us a problem.

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