There is no doubt that most Christians have no clue how they have gone wrong. It is hard to believe, but we have all but committed idolatry. The one you get permission from is your god. The one that you receive your rights from is the source of your religion.
Many would argue that Christianity is not a religion, but this is not true. If Christianity is not what shapes of your life in every area, then you simply are not Christian. This was true for Christians in the First Century as they faced burning and being fed to wild animals.
The reason the Romans were so quick to kill Christians was because they would not worship Caesar above Christ. The Roman government did not care what cult you were a part of, as long as your religion was Rome. This is why when Christians proclaimed Christ as King of kings; they were proclaiming that Caesar was not and for this they were tortured and killed.
And though I have no time to flesh this out from the Scriptures, there is an excellent essay that does. It is called, Common-Law Wives and Concubines by Stephen Perks. In the first chapter Perks excellently lays out for the Christian from where the authority of obedience comes.
And recently, we have seen in Iowa a clash between the Cultus of modern Christianity and the Religion of the American State.
Christian News reports
An attorney for the state of Iowa asked a federal judge on Wednesday to dismiss a congregation’s concerns that the Iowa Human Rights Commission might interpret local laws pertaining to gender identity as prohibiting houses of worship from living out its beliefs on the issue.
As previously reported, the Commission’s initial publication issued earlier this year, entitled “Public Accommodations Provider’s Guide to Iowa Law,” noted that sometimes churches are required to follow restroom use and speech laws.“Where qualifications are not related to a bona fide religious purpose, churches are still subject to the law’s provisions (e.g. a child care facility operated at a church or a church service open to the public),” the brochure read.
Now, instead of coming to the state and reminding it that they have no say or authority over the Church as to her practices or beliefs, they have pined after her permission. But, the only permission they need to follow and obey Christ has come from their King, Jesus Christ Who proclaimed: All power in heaven and on earth has been given unto me, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. . . teaching them to obey all that I have commanded.
End of discussion.
Unfortunately, because the Church has given over this right as part of her religious adherence to the state, they pine after permission. They are now confessing slave status to their masters, the government.
Salt having no flavor is good for nothing.