Spiritual Authority Archive

Is the “binding and loosing” of demons biblical?

One of the most common expressions in contemporary Christianity is “I bind you, Satan, in the name of Jesus.” Biblically however, the phrase “binding and loosing” has nothing whatsoever to do with demons. First, when Jesus told the disciples, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth […]

Are there apostles and prophets today?

While it has become increasingly popular to believe in the restoration of “end-time” apostles and prophets, the Bible clearly does not support this notion. First, to address this question we must first learn to scale the language barrier. In other words, the issue is not so much the words “prophet” or “apostle” but the meaning […]

Must women be silent in church?

The following words by the apostle Paul are frequently used to denigrate the Bible as sexist—“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived […]

Can a woman be saved through childbearing?

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul says that “women will be saved through childbearing” (2:15). If this is the case, there must be more than one way to be saved. First, in the Jewish culture of Paul’s day, it was believed that if women died in childbirth it was a direct punishment for Eve’s […]