X04.02......Experience--Our Greatest Enemy!
It is probably in the experience of many Christians--that the pastor has benefited them.
When we say in this website that "pastoral authority" is not to be found in the Bible--this will rub so many believers the wrong way--because it strongly speaks against their experience...
"But the pastor HAS benefited me!---He has taught me so much--he has helped me so much--he has reached out to me in so many instances--he has been a comfort--he has lead me to repentance--his teaching is so good--HE has benefited me!"
Of course he has!
But if you were to ask most pastors--they would (and should) say that it is God working though them that benefits others. And they are absolutely right. God works through pastors and teachers all the time..
But--is God only in the pastor?
"One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Of course we all know the Bible says this--that "God is in all of us."
but do you know where it says this?
Let's read context...
"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ."
Are you still lost?
Well, maybe you have never really read Ephesians chapter 4--because that's where we're at!
And do you know what gifts this area of scripture is speaking about?
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"
Something which it seems,no one has ever really studied, is that fact that the ministry gifts (yes--the "5-fold" ministry!!) are gifts given unto every one of us--why?--because God is in all of us--and since He is in all of us--so is His ministry.
Now, reform the church along these lines.
Reform the church with this as the basis.
Ministry in every member.
No one member exercising authority one over another--(yes--even if it benefits you--even though the pastor is a "benefactor')...
"And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship
over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors.
But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. (Luke 22:25-26)
Reform the church.