John Bevere’s Covering Theology
Under cover means to be under God’s authority. Authority is not popular in our culture because we have been infected with a democratic mindset and applied it to the kingdom of God. This kingdom is ruled by a king and there are rank, order and authority. To be submitted to that authority is to find freedom. To rebel against it brings you in to bondage. God’s authority is exercised through delegates such as parents, employers, government officials, husbands, church elders, pastors and denominational officials. All authority that exists is God’s authority and God appoints all existing rulers (Rom 13). To rebel against these authorities is to rebel against God. Those that rebel bring judgment on themselves. Too many people see themselves accountable only to God and not to authorities.
Those who serve under a church authority become extensions of that person’s ministry and God puts one man in charge of a ministry. Those in ministry are judged first on how well faithfully they submitted to their authority, not on the fruit of their ministry. If there are two visions in a ministry one person is not submitted to God.
Sin is ultimately disobedience to the authority of God. The root of deception is disobedience to God. Satan is continually tempting people to turn against their appointed authority. There is a doorway (Gen 4:7) that we open to sin and demonic power when disobey God. When we disobey our understanding and perspective is distorted. Rebellion is witchcraft (1Sam 15:22) and witchcraft directly opens one to the demonic realm. The more people rebel the more they give legal access to demonic powers to influence and control them. In the church people are protected because no divination works against the church (Num 23:23) unless they put themselves under a curse like the Galatians (Gal 3:1). When people disobey what God has clearly revealed they put themselves under the influence of a witchcraft curse.
All people ought to respect and submit to authorities even if they are evil. Sometimes God has called us to suffer. Sometimes it is God’s plan to have us suffer under harsh or evil authority. God uses this suffering to further His Kingdom. God will judge those in authority if they are evil or harsh (Rom 12:19). Spiritual authority is promised to those that suffer. The greater the hardship the more authority God gives you (2Tim 2:11-12).
The flow of God’s authority starts with the Father and flows through Jesus, next the prophets and the rest of the 5 fold church authority (Eph 4:8) and down to those the 5 fold ministers appoint. There is a distinction between submission and obedience. The bible teaches unconditional submission but not unconditional obedience. If an authority tells you to violate something that is clearly written in scripture then you should disobey. This however is the only exception.
God instituted authority in the church with the full intent that people learn to recognize God’s voice through their leaders. People will be judged relative to their submission to authority. God is more interested in how well we follow authority than whether our methods work. To resist delegated authority is to resist God’s authority. We should not concern ourselves with discerning whether our leaders are correct. This is not our job, it is God’s. If we complain about our leaders we seed rebellion and will bring judgment upon ourselves.
God instituted an order of authority in the home as well. God has made men the head of the home. Some women experience tension and unrest because they have assumed the weight and pressure of being the head. This is a yoke to the wife but a mantle to the husband.
There is a direct connection between faith and obedience to authority. God’s power is released when people come under authority (Mat 8:9).