The Kingdom is not a Democracy

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

— Ephesians 1:22-23 (NKJV)

God has made Jesus head over all things. How does this affect your personal life, your family, your church – and the Church?

The Kingdom is not a Democracy

God’s Kingdom is not a democracy, but a monarchy. Jesus is the Head of his church, body. I don’t believe any church should be run as a democracy. Democracy originates in Greece and Greece is the origin of humanism. If you want to trace humanism back, that’s where it started. I’ll make a prediction and I could easily be wrong. I believe that the Bible indicates the age is going to end with monarchy restored — according to the book of Revelation. At least in a large measure. I believe one reason is the people are getting so lazy and so irresponsible they really don’t want the responsibility of making their decisions any longer. They just want somebody like the Roman emperor who provided bread and circuses. ‘Fill our stomachs, keep us entertained and you do the worrying.’ That’s really the essence of it.

Now let’s consider the operation of headship. I want to turn to a passage that I think really says it all in one verse. 1 Corinthians 11:3. Paul says:

“But I want you to know...”

Almost every time Paul says “I want you to know” or “You should not be ignorant,” my observation is most contemporary Christians are ignorant. In other words, the Church hasn’t changed in that respect.

“I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman [or the wife] is man [or the husband], and the head of Christ is God.”

If you change the order and go from the top downwards, you have a chain of authority that starts in heaven and ends in the family. God is the head of Jesus Christ, Christ is the head of the husband, the husband is the head of the wife. I believe that is the divine pattern of government. It’s government by headship.

There are, at the end of the Bible and in the book of Daniel, a number of strange creatures with more than one head. But not one of them is a creature that comes from God. God designs all creatures to have one head. A many headed creature is a monstrosity.

There are two ways we can look at this statement. We can look at the relationship between God and Christ, or we can look at the relationship between Christ and the man, or between the man and the wife. But I would like to begin by looking at the relationship between God and Christ because in that we find the perfect pattern. God the Father is the head of Christ. This means that the Father receives input from the Son. The Father makes the decisions, the Father initiates the actions and the Father gives ongoing direction.


Dear Lord Jesus, I submit to You, just as You are submitted to the Father. Thank You for your ongoing direction through the Holy Spirit. Please help me to faithfully discharge the responsibilities You have given me under Your headship. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

These messages are taken from Derek Prince's audio teaching series, The Headship of Jesus, available in our webshop here.