x355......Undefined rule--The world doesn't want it Why is it in the church?
the world has realized something that the church is incredibly slow at realizing--Undefined rule is incredibly dangerous.
In the world, most governments have become democratic (a system which limits the time a tyrant can rule). They eschew the idea of kings and monarchs and dictators--understanding that in the past the world was run by this type of undefined rule for hundreds of years--and it lead to years of wars and incredible destruction (many of which came from Christians kings!--study history!!)
But in the church we mostly still cling to the same idea of undefined rule that comes out of the tradition of the dark ages.
why?--because of Hebrews 13:17 (part "A")--"submit to them that have the rule over you" popularly known as "submit to authority"
We have the concept of this undefined rule in most of our churches. Since the word "rule" is in the Bible- we believe it means many things--the right for leadership to make any rules it wants--the right of leadership to instruct without any argument or disagreement--the right of a kind of absolute authority over the group. None of these things are Biblcal--but they are very much the tradition of the Christian church that has been handed dwon to us. these ideas are firmly entrenched in our "church format" and in the way we beleive the church ought to be operated.
Within most churches we define "rule" as the concept that "God has set some people in the church who have authority over the others--and if you submit to this authority--it will benefit you--they are your benefactors". The amazing problem with this definition of "rule" is that Jesus specifically defined this concept as the wrong type of rule within he church!!
He said this is the type of undefined rule that the world has--that the world operates by--
"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, KJV).
The word "chief" in Luke 22:26--is hegeomai--the same exact Greek word which is translated as "rule over" in Hebrews 13:17.
Jesus has a definition of what rule is within a church--does your church follow after Jesus' definition--or the worlds' undefined rule?