On page 22 of the KTB Ephesians Study Guide I write,
AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH. Throughout the history of Christianity, church and earthly authorities have existed largely in con ict with one another. This is true whether we speak of governing authorities that separate church and state jurisdictions or general secular authorities that promote worldviews rejecting the message and morality the church proclaims. Nevertheless, Scripture dem- onstrates that Christ calls the church to be an expression of his rule in the pres- ent world. Yet this means of expression combines moral courage with humble citizenship, unity with love, and holiness with wisdom, so that transformed lives give evidence of the power of the gospel.