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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785269916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785269915
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Bevere is a best-selling author and popular conference speaker. He and his wife, Lisa, also a best-selling author, founded John Bevere Ministries in 1990. The ministry has grown into a multi-faceted international outreach including their weekly television program, The Messenger, which broadcasts in 214 nations. John has authored numerous books including The Bait of Satan, The Fear of the Lord, and Under Cover. He and Lisa live in Colorado with their four sons.

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John Bevere and his wife Lisa are the founders of Messenger International, an organization established to teach, reach, and rescue. A minister and best-selling author, John delivers messages of uncompromising truth with boldness and passion. His desire is to support the local church and resource leaders regardless of location, language, or financial position. To this end, his resources have been translated into over 60 languages.

John is father to his four boys and adopted daughter-in-law and g-daddy to Asher and Sophia. He is (almost) a scratch golfer, and his favorite sports team is the Detroit Red Wings. When he's home, you can find John playing cards with his family or trying to convince Lisa to take up golf. To connect with John, be sure to follow him on Twitter (@johnbevere).

Customer Reviews

This book was life changing for me!!!
True Disciple
The author gives both biblical and personal examples of submission to authority.
Great read and very thought provoking.
Kathie M. Thomas

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200 of 242 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
John Bevere, I believe, is a sincere man of God who intends to encourage God's people with biblical truth; however, on this subject I found his handling of Scripture a bit misplaced in some instances. He tends to rely heavily on the traditional ideals of positional leadership and authority, which are popular among most of those who teach "covering theology." While Bevere's handling of the subject is perhaps a bit more graceful than some, it is still primarily the same ol' traditional view that is backed by scarce biblical support. In fact, one has to rely principly upon Old Testament texts to really push this view of leadership because the New Testament pattern is so different.
The concept of "church covering" is not even found one time in the New Testament and Jesus, in fact, told His disciples NOT to serve His body as "authorities" who were over them, bearing titles and having men address them as such (Luke 22:25-27; Matthew 23:8012).
A study of church history reveals that most of the implications of "official" ministry terminology found in our KJV's come from romanistic influence and do not appear in the original texts and are unheard of in the first couple centuries of Christian writings. For example, many passages in the NT that refer to "offices" of ministry simply refer to "serving", "leading by example", or "being watchful and caring for" the Lord's flock (emphasis on the flock being "the Lord's") not ruling or exercising authority over others.
Jesus' own directive to His disciples was, if you want to be great, serve! Lay your life down! Wash feet! Don't expect to be paid for your service, but give freely and do everything you can to avoid the trap of money (1 Corinthians 9:18-19; 2 Corinthians 2:14-19; Mark 6:8-11; Acts 20:33-35; 1 Timothy 3:3,8; John 10:11-12; etc.).
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69 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Seeking Disciple VINE VOICE on September 28, 2004
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I have enjoyed John Bevere's books in the past. His book THE BAIT OF SATAN is a must read for every Christian who suffers from hard leaders, bitter memories, or bitter members. However, I was disappointed with UNDER COVER.

Bevere promotes an unbiblical view of authority that will only feed the present day error of the clergy/laity system. The church I attend recently suffered from this perspective when half the membership wanted a "do it all" pastor while the others wanted a servant among the people to teach and equip (Eph. 4:11-16) but not be a CEO type leader. The CEO members left.

In UNDER COVER Bevere tries to promote the idea that God has placed spiritual leaders in authority to help the saints and therefore the saints must submit to their leaders (Hebrews 13:17). However, the Greek word for "submit" is a word that means "to be persuaded by." Biblical leaders don't lord it over those in the Church (1 Peter 5:1-4) but they lead by example (John 13:1-13; 1 Cor. 11:1; Hebrews 13:7,17). Further, all members are equal (Gal. 3:26-29) and all have equal access into the King's prescence (Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 John 2:1-2). We no longer need a priest for Jesus is our High Priest (Hebrews 7:25). We are all priests (1 Peter 2:5-9; Revelation 1:6). God raises up leaders (Acts 20:28) but these leaders are Spirit-led servants and not harsh task masters (Matthew 20:20-28).

A good read is Frank Viola's book WHO IS YOUR COVERING? or Gordon Ferguson's GOLDEN RULE LEADERSHIP.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Fowler on February 18, 2002
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My advice to eager readers of this new book is: "Proceed with caution." I have some theological and hermeneutical concerns, not the least of which is submission to evil leaders.
Paul's writings and the Book of Acts offer a far more balanced approach. Paul said: "If I please men I would not be the servant of Christ." The Apostles clearly stated: "We must obey God and not men."
Paul did not "submit" to the Judaizers for one minute and withstood Senior Apostle Peter to his face. A clear study of Galatians, Romans and Acts will bring a balance to this "submission" teaching.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By R. Cason on July 16, 2007
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This is one of the most abusive and manipulative teachings under the classification "Christian literature" that I have ever read. While the idea and importance of submitting to Gods inherent authority is indisputable, The agendaized, one-sided presentation of it is categorically false. In this book Bevere neglects to teach the full council of God as represented by Christ in his resistance to the religious authority of His day. As is shown in the Gospels, Christ rebukes, resists, confronts, questions, and evades those in authority until His appointed time. Never, through Christ's actions or words, does He suggest mindless submission to errant authority. John the Baptist resisted and rebuked the religious and civil authority; Paul confronted Peter's hypocrisy, he didn't submit to and follow his wrong example; although David didn't take Saul's life, because it wasn't his to take, neither did David utterly submit to Saul's errant authority but withstood Saul until God's appointed time.
This Book promotes "a different Gospel" Throughout this book. It suggests that we must get right first (thru repentance) before God will accept us. Though repentance is an essential component of salvation it doesn't suggest perfection but a change in pursuit; we no longer pursue the things of the world but the things of God. All throughout his book Bevere's statements suggest a works salvation, a salvation that is obtained through correctness and self-effort rather than the work that Christ has done. Bevere suggests that God is not able to have grace (unmerited favor) on anyone unless his personal work is right. Everywhere I turn in Bevere's book I read a gospel of works salvation. Biblically, those who teach or hold this position are categorically, false teachers.
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