x509......Pastor--Priest--Roman system--all based on the Old Covenant
Whether were realize it or not, people who have accepted the "pastoral office" have accepted the old covenant operational plan for the church. They believe about themselves, and believe that the structure of the church ought to be by old covenant terms and conditions. They believe that they are the "levite" of the church--the "priest with Gods authority over the congregation"--who has the right--is "delegated"--to operate the ministry within the temple of God--within the official sanctuary of God--the meeting place of the people. They have the right to collect the tithe--therefore they are "in authority"--they operate the ministry of the church--and most of the people are just that--"lay people"--non-ministry people--whose main function in God is to supply the needs of the leadership--to be sub-servants to the leadership of the church.
The system propogates itself subtly--as churches grow--(in the system of an empire--which is the system we choose--again whether were reilaize it or not--Jesus and the church operated by a network--"apostleship"--NOT the authority of one man--an "empire")--the system become more apparent. It allows for leadership to attain more and more power and money for their control--and allows for more and more laziness amongst the "congregation"--the people who do not operate in God. The pattern usually follows into legalism---since when we operate the church by O.T. principles which are specifically NOT to be in the N.T. church (authority in ministry--tithe collecting--temple building--sabbath worship). The Christian church by tradition has always been drawn to O.T. principles--by some very subtle wording in Bible translations.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
(John 14:15, KJV).
This one verse (taken out to context) has often been used to turn entire churches back to the O.T. ways of operating and legalism (and in fact is the basis of many cults!). If we read this, it may seems to say that Jesus has put condition on His love (which right away ought to feel wrong to any of us who understand Him--and understand that He always has unconditional love for us!). The condition or rather proof of us loving Him is then taken to be that we ought to obey the 10 commandments as our proof of loving God. This is a great trick. All of us have and will transgress the O.T. laws. This then allows for leadership to preach condemnation to the people--we all fall short of these laws--and yet it seems to say here that we ought to obey and to follow all the laws of the O.T.--ourselves--and of course therfore we are not really "good Christians". The church becomes a "once-a-week whipping"--by the official ministers--who "rule over" us.---completely what the not Bible does NOT call for!! (It is always interesting to note that our obedience to O.T. laws is always very selective. What do I mean? Well, do you sacrifice animals in your chuch? Of course not--yet it is O.T. law--just as much as the 10 commandments. Yet we openly preach what we call "the tithe" as Christian law. Something no one seems to notice--but the animals and grain used for sin offering--WAS the tithe!!)
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because
I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
(John 14:12-15, KJV).
Well, what if we read these verses in context? What if we recognized that if Jesus had wanted us to obey the O.T. laws of Moses--He would have said so? What if we understood that the king James translators were translating for and an earthly king--in a time when the Christian church was incredibly legalistic (yes, event the protestant church) and very much operated by O.T. traditions--and definitely not operating by N.T. apostleship.
If we read these verses in context, and understand that Jesus is saying to obey His commandments--the ones He has just spoken--right in the context of what He is saying--we would see something remarkable. Rather than saying to us to obey O.T. laws--He is telling us that we ought to minister--we ought to believe on Him (that our N.T. salvation--NOT our obedience to law!!--right!!?)--and if we do -His commandment is that we will do the same works that He did (which were--Luke 4:18--preach the Gospel--feed the poor--pray for the sick and those in need of deliverance--and freely release others to do the same--all just like He did). Jesus tell us that his commandment is to ask--anything--in His name--and He will do it.
The commandments which Jesus gave us was to minister--to serve others--to do the same stuff that He did--in His name--ask in His name--and He will do it through us--ALL OF US---NOT SOME!!!