x420......Doctrinal Corruption Gone--But Functional Corruption Still With Us!!
500 years ago, a "parishoner" put his copper penny tithe into the plate in order to "buy his soul into purgatory" He sat under the authority of the priest of the local assembly who was the representative of the church and this priest was the "head" of the local church.
This priest was said to be the "anointed --appointed --delegated authority" who had the right to "minister" within the church--who had the "office of ministry" "over" the people and therefore had the God-given right to rule with authority over the people within the church.
Now, about 500 years ago, reformation came (thank God!) and changed the doctrines of this church. the message of salvation by grace--salvation through faith in Jesus Christ--was finally properly taught from the newly published Bible. So, the doctrinal corruption which the church labored under for all those hundreds of years was finally undone--HOWEVER--THE FUNCTIONAL CORRUPTION REMAINED THE SAME!
At the local level, priests became pastors in the new reformed church--BUT THEIR FUNCTION REMAINED ALMOST EXACTLY THE SAME AS THAT OF THE PRIEST.
The local pastor was still said to be "in authority" over the assembly--they still claimed the right to collect the tithe. The concept of the priest was vaguely based on the Levitical priesthood--which collected the tithe (1/10 of the herd and the crops which God considered holy and worthy to be used a as a sacrifice for Israel's sin). What was completely ignored was that the Levitcal priesthood is very specifically done away with in the New Covenant in the book of Hebrews--
1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. 3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:1-13, KJV).
(It seems that the Old Covenant priesthood is still "ready" to vanish away--it is still hanging on in the "pastoral" ministry.)
the priest/pastor tradition also ignores the fact that we are all made "priests" according to the new covenant--
Revelation 1:6* And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5:10* And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Revelation 20:6* Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
Another thing which is totally ignored by the priest/pastor system is the plain Bible fact that amongst ourselves we are not supposed to exercise authority over one another--Jesus said this 3 times--
25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: (Matthew 20:25-27, KJV).
42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. 43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. 45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (Mark 10:42-45, KJV).
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 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. 27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. 28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; (Luke 22:25-29, KJV).
In this quote from Luke Jesus uses a Greek word--which He only used this once--which means to "surrender over the covenant" Jesus is clearly saying (and of course this agrees completely with what is said in the book of Hebrews and elsewhere in the new testament) that in the new covenant we are not to rule with authority over one another--but we are to serve one another--in the same way that Jesus Himself served--by laying down His life. Ministry is service--not rulership or authority.
the functional corruption which we still continue through priest/pastoral tradition also ignores the Bible fact that ministry is an anointing--a gift--which is given unto every one of us--
7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Ephesians 4:7-12, KJV).
but because of our acceptance of functional corruption which comes to us through tradition--the tradition of man--the gifts of ministry are not the simple anointing which God provides for all of us to serve Him and His will in the earth---we continue to cling to functionlessness but putting ourselves "under the authority" of man rather than under the direct authority of God and His anointing.
So. we can see that the doctrinal corruption was lifted by a rebellion 500 years ago.
How will the functional corruption be lifted?