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The Concept of Honor unites or divides

Jan-Aage Torp
August 18, 2018
The Concept of Honor unites or divides

The concept of honor is fundamental in the Holy Bible.

The Ten Commandments state explicitly: 

«Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you» (Exodus 20:12).

Undergirding all the Ten Commandments is that we are obligated to honor God first, then our spouse, our neighbour etc.

The New Testament is equally clear.

Apostle Paul even stated that anyone who is shown dishonor should be honored more. 1 Corinthians 12:14-31 is a lesson in honor:

«On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.»

Paul develops that honor is to be bestowed especially upon leadership.

1 Timothy 5:17-19 shows that this has great consequences in the financial contribution we make to the ministers. «Double honor» in the Greek in this specific passage means «double salary», simply because leadership implies that you have to pay a lot of bills for the ministry! Jesus is the model for all true apostolic leaders: He had to have a cashier to take care of His finances, because He took care of the team of 12 disciples, and even more.

Read what Paul says:

«Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, «You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,» and, «The laborer deserves his wages.» Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.»

I have always made it an emphasis to heap honor on people, and especially on leadership in the Church. Whenever I discover apostles and prophets in Norway who are under attack from sinister media, destructive antagonists, or even treacherous Christians, I will defend and honor them. KKN has actually become good at this.

Because I have seen the disastrous betrayal within Christendom in Norway when leaders are under attack, I have made this a major emphasis of KKN. We have often succeeded in changing the agenda so that the persecutors have to regroup or even give up! Praise the Lord!

Remember Apostle Paul´s admonishment about honor or dishonor: The Concept of Honor unites or divides, both the Church, and the ministers of the Gospel!

Let us heap honor on each other, especially when someone is being dishonored!

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