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When Asked to Do Wrong

responding to authorities when you cannot follow their direction
Has your boss ever asked you to do something that you think is wrong? Have your parents asked you to do something wrong? What should you do?

A father and mother’s jurisdiction ends when they transfer authority in marriage or when they release an adult son or daughter for training, work, or ministry.

There are reasons why a parent has ceased caring about what his child does. In most cases, the child has had a strong will and rebelled against his parents. At some point, the parents just decided to stop arguing with him and gave up.

Christian children, wives, citizens, and employees are not excused from obedience because their authority figures are not believers. We should do that which our authorities require of us as long as it is within the boundary of God’s Word.

Your marriage may not have been one that God would have arranged. However, He established the authority structure of the marriage relationship, and He is eager and able to bless your marriage and to use it to work in your life. “With God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

If an authority asks you to do something that is wrong, explain your concerns and make an appeal.

The parent who is legally responsible for you becomes your direct authority. The separated parent may be a part of your chain of counsel. If the parent with whom you are living remarries, he or she automatically delegates part of his or her authority to your step-parent.

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