STUDIES ABOUT "PASTORAL AUTHORITY"
"PASTORAL AUTHORITY" DOES NOT EXIST IN THE BIBLE, BUT COMES TO US FROM TRADITION. THE PRIEST OF THE ROMAN CHURCH, IS THE PASTOR OF THE PROTESTANT CHURCH. NEITHER EXISTS IN THE NEW COVENANT BIBLE, BUT ARE BASED ON THE TYPOLOGY OF THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD OF THE OLD COVENANT. HEBREWS CHAPTER 7 DOES AWAY WITH THE LEVITICAL PRIESTHOOD AND THE NEW COVENANT CLEARLY GIVES A PRIESTHOOD TO EVERY BELIEVER (ACTS 1:6--5:10, 1PETER 2:5,9). PASTORAL AUTHORITY OPERATES THE NEW COVENANT CHURCH BY THE WORDS OF A PARABLE AND IGNORES NEW COVENANT MINISTRY AND OPERATION.
WHERE DID THE PASTOR COME FROM?...........Most Christians don't study ministry from the Bible, because they believe they are already experts. They've seen how "the church" works, over and over and over again, and a big part of that is "the pastor". The fact is that the pastoral function that we are familiar with is NOT in the Bible. What it most resembles is the old covenant Levtiical priest--something the new covenant does away with!
Christ the Head........x502.....The Bible states without reservation that Christ is the Head--with all power and authority--over the church. The word also tells us plainly that ministry is NOT authority over one another--but service--as demonstrated to us by Jesus Himself in His ministry. We cannot serve two masters--only Christ is the "head of the corner"--and we are not to call one another master--only Christ is our master. All this fits into the church operation in the Bible--but it does not fit into the operation of our church of man's tradition?.
Undefined Rule......x253.......When we know Hebrews 13:17 so very well--and have never heard of Luke 22:25-26--we have a dangerous situation within our churches: undefined rule. Since we don't seem to realize that Jesus defined "rule"--we simply define rule within the church by tradition and format which has been handed down to us from the dark ages. Jesus defined rule (Greek "hegeomai") as service to others, and specifically NOT authority over others. He spoke this word as a definitive, new covenant change.
Pastoral Authority--An Imbalance teaching.......x263........"Submit to authority"--Submit to them that "have the rule". This half-verse in the book of Hebrews, is, in fact, one of the major operational basis of the traditional Christian church. The problem is that we have no definition of "them that have the rule over". We teach this and operate our Churches out of balance when we do not Biblically define the Greek word "hegeomai". This one Greek word is translated as "have the rule over" in Hebrews 13:17--but this very same word is used in Luke 22:26--a very little known or taught verse, yet vitally important, since it is Jesus definition of "rule"!!.
Pastoral Authority--it benefits me --right???........x264......Within the church, God has "set the pastor"--the person who "has the rule" the person who "has authority" over the rest of us. If we submit to this authority, it will benefit us. If you have been taught these concepts--please open your Bible and read Luke 22:25-29--Matthew 20: 25-27--and Mark 10:42-45.
rule ---and "over you"........x292......A handful of times in the Bible, the King James translators (who lived in an age of absolute authority of Christians kings) attempt to give the impression that within the church, certain people are "over" others. If we study this word--it is NOT the Greek word "archon" which would mean a ruler--rather it is the Greek "proestemi" literally the person which is "most esteemed" within a group. Now, when we plug this into Jesus' definition of Christian ministry--we understand that it means the person who serves others. Christian ministry is the washing of feet--it is not rule by authority "over" others
The Most Ignored Teaching of Jesus............Jesus told His followers that they should not exercise authority one over. Have Christians truly realized the meaning of this?
do we get our concpet of "pastoral authority" from?
It is simply the remnant of the government of the Roman empire
still within our churches of today. We challenge all Christian
to study the history of the Christian church--with an open mind
Christian Pastor--High Priest?.............We believe in and
teach the Jesus is our High Priest. But do we see that the
position and function of the Christian pastor follows many of the
Biblical aspects of a high priest? Who really has the authority?
X04.19.............Only The Pastor Can Do That---right??............"Teaching"--"doctrine" in the church. It must be very Biblical that only the pastor is allowed to do this--right? It certainly is a rather strictly adhered to rule within the church--right? Isn't it the same guy every Sunday who does all the teaching? This MUST be in the Bible somewhere--right? Guess what--it is not! Did you know the Bible says that anyone may teach?
X04.21..........Does Your Tithe Really Rebuke the Devourer??.........What do YOU do when Satan comes knocking at your door? If you know anything at all as a Christian, you rebuke the devil with the blood of Jesus--right? Okay, go back to the old testament. Israel did not have the blood of Jesus--right? So God in His mercy gave them something else--the blood of animals--as a sin offering, and He honored this blood to rebuke the devil. The blood of these animals, came from the tithe. You don't need to pay tithe to rebuke the devourer, you have been given the blood of Jesus, the lamb of God, by grace, not by works
READ THIS CHART--This chart gives a "visual description" of the concept of the Levitical priesthood within the Christian church. It illustrates many of the old covenant ideas which have been clearly and specifically done away with (please read Hebrews chapter 7-10!) in the new covenant.
Rule rule who's got the rule??........x293......We are taught to "submit to authority"--or to "submit to them that have the rule". This is a large, common basis of Church operation. The common roman Sunday worship format is based upon this concept--of submitting to the rule of the leadership. We as Christian spend a large part of our time "submitting to rule"--"sitting under" ministry. What we have done is to stress one side of the story--we know Hebrews 13:17--but do we know Luke 22:25-26?? Jesus defines rule--as NOT authority one over another. Jesus says that Christian ministry is NOT authority over other Christians. This is how He operated His ministry--and it is how the church in the Bible operated. Jesus operated under the direct authority of God the Father--the church in the bible operated under the direct authority of Christ--the Head of the church
Jesus description of a good pastor--John 9-10........x233.......There is only one place in the Bible which deals with pastoral ministry definitively. If we study it carefully, and in context, we will find that Jesus in these chapters, makes an apostle, and calls this release to ministry a good pastoral work.
Clericalism--Look It Up In Your Dictionary Some Time!.........Have you ever heard of the term "clericalism"? This study takes a page out of a common dictionary, and studies the history of the idea of "clergy" within the church. The church operates through a type of Levitical priesthood---only problem---the Levitical priesthood is abrogated in the new covenant!
X04.12........How To Feed Sheep..........Are you a "pastor"? When was the last time you fed sheep? I mean, real, wool-covered sheep! In order to feed sheep, you do not throw seed at them (this is how you feed chickens--and perhaps why our churches are filled with Christian chickens!). In order to feed sheep, you open a gate, and let them freely roam to find their own pasture. This is truly how one feeds sheep--but it is also the the exact way the Jesus said to feed sheep!
X04.11........"Submit to the Rule"--Please read the rest!!.........."Submit to the rule" has been stressed in the church. This half-verse is found in Hebrews chapter 13, verse 17. I don't know about you, but half-verse is NOT the way I read the Bible! Have you ever read and studied all of Hebrews 13? It gives a clear description of the non-authoritarian church that the new covenant prescribes. Isn't it about time we read and lived up to ALL the Bible, instead of fitting it to what we already believe the "church" ought to be?
X0603..........A Point About Ownership..........In the new testament the Bible makes a point to say that the church, the first Christians, did not consider the things they owned to be their own. How is it then, that we hear so many people say "God gave the church to the pastor"? If you own the church building equally with everyone else, then why can't you do your ministry in it too?
So How would it work?........x489.....If---we operated as if ministry were a gift in all of us--not a title of rulership or authority over others. If---we repented of our "dark ages" concepts of what "church" is supposed to be. If --we truly followed the example of the church in the Bible--fully and without compromise. What would it look like? The answer is glorious--simple--quick and effective. Read this Bible study to truly understand what is being said at this website.
Wanting Luke 4:18........x457.....I believe that most Christians today are very very close to what God wants. We all want to see people get saved. We want to see people get healed--and be delivered from the snare of the devil. We all want to see the poor fed and clothed. Most of us realize that God inside of us desires these things--and most of us live for the times when God works through us to reach out to the lost and the sick and the needy. But perhaps we are missing one final step in the ministry of Christ and the fullness of what God wants. Do we really desire to see others freely released to serve God and minister? Do we really want to see the whole church in ministry? Do were really want the apostolic method--the picture painted for us in the book of Acts?.
Pastoral Authority--something Like This?.......x470.....What is "pastoral authority"? Would you say that it is something like this: God has set some in the church who are in authority over the rest--and if you submit to their authority--it will benefit you? Jesus had a real problem with this idea in Luke 22: 25-29. Let the word of God change your heart.
Study on hebrews--"Assembling Together" Explained in context!-- X539........."Forsake not the assembling of yourselves together" What does this mean? Most think it means "meet together, on Sunday, under the authority of the pastor--make your offering--and be quiet most of the time in church." Study Hebrews chapters 7-10 for yourself--read this verse IN CONTEXT! The Bible tells us exactly what "asembling should and should NOT be about.
X04.14..............The Life Is In The Blood..............Do you tithe? Wow! Where do you kill the goats and rams and bullocks? Do they really allow you to kill animals in your town? Oh, wait, if you really were going to tithe, you would need to do it in the temple in Jerusalem. Have they re-built it? I haven't heard about that! If you don't kill animals and offer grain--you're really not tithing. "Tithe" was the amount of the sin offering in the Bible. But we Christians don't do that--since Jesus made His offering--"once for all"---right?
X04.17.......Spoils Is Grain.........One way the new testament is said to teach "tithe" is found in the book of Hebrews. Yes, the word "tithe" is found in these verse--but the new testament is speaking about the old testament! Hebrews is speaking about how the Levitical priesthood is done away with in the new covenant (a very important point in itself!). And, when Abraham paid a "tithe of the spoils" to Melchisedec, he was making a sin offering, not paying money--since "spoils" is grain
X04.15.............Of Course--Christ is the Head...........Every Christian church would agree with this idea. But, are we truly allowing Him to be the Head? When we have preordained every move we make and each drumbeat and word sounded in our meeting together, how can He be the Head? The Bible tells us how. Pray in the Spirit and ask Jesus where we can witness the Gospel. This is what we ought to do--all the time--in our meetings
X04.04..........Summation...........This is a summary of the major points brought forth in this website. This is real, practical advice that the Bible gives us on how we ought to live out our ministry. Ministry is the "stuff" to do. Authority and tradition and format are the things not to do. Here are some of our ideas on how it could be done--what the church could really look like, and what you can do as an individual to find and operate in your gifts and truly serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
Operating the church on a Parable!!..........x471......We all know what a "pastor" is--right? We experience "pastoral ministry" every Sunday--over and over again--right? But, what is the basis for pastoral ministry from the Bible? What does the Bible say about "shepherds"? The fact is, that most references in the Bible about "sheperds" are actually parables--not doctrinal teaching. The few areas that mention sheperds, are in fact comparative teachings which relate spiritual lessons--NOT doctrinal teaching about church operation.
Submit--Over and Under.......x464......Many of the misconceptions we operate the Christian church by come from these three words---misinterpreted--taken out of context. Which lead many to say that "God has placed some people in the church in authority"----we are to submit to their authority--they are over us---and we are under them. Dare we study these words in their Bible context?.
Ot to NT Changes WE ignore........x446......Darkness comes and covers us when we have not received the word from God. We are subtly turned back to old covenant operational systems (the ministration of death!)--which are clearly changed in the new covenant. Here is a short.list of 5 areas which we ignore by the traditional operational plan of the "church"--which is pastoral authority..
Hebrews 10---No more offering--no more tithe........x439........In the book of Hebrews, chapter 10, the word of God states that there is no more need for an offering for sin. Well, we all understand this--we all understand that it is the blood of Jesus which makes continual offering for all our sins. But do we realize that the offering which was eliminated from the Old Covenant--was the tithe? 1/10 of Israel's grain and herd was considered Holy unto God--and made as the offering for sin. Jesus called Himself meat--and bread--offered freely to all to partake of Him (this means we are all priests--since only the priests of Israel could partake of the meat and grain of the sacrifice--therefore all are ministers unto God). Jesus offering for sin eliminates the need for more offering--therefore no more tithe.
X04.03.......Laying on of the Hands of the presbytery--sounds impressive!!............The authoritarian tradition of the church makes us translate the Bible in certain ways. We "read" our ideas of "church " and "ministry" into the Bible--and this can make us look at things from a wrong perspective. We believe that ministry is a rarity--but in fact the Bible describes a quick release to ministry--and the passing on of ministry gifts--something called "release"--have you ever heard of it?
Proved and tested and tried..........x515...........In order to be a "minister" you must first be tested and proved and tried---right?? Well, exactly what are the "tests and proofs" and who has the right to test and prove an try you?? The "pastor"? If we used the tests in the Bible, probably about 80% of Christians would be qualified as ministry (yes--"5-fold" ministers!!--apostles, prophets, evangelists, teachers--and yes--pastors!!). The church would then become a place of function--on a common level--as true brothers and sisters. Bottom line: Christ within all of us would be able to carry on His purposes through all of us--in other words more people would get saved--healed--delivered--fed--and set free to minister to the Lord. In other words we would have an uncontained revival that would sweep the planet! Or--we can continue to sit in church every week, and wait for the glorious day when the pastor finally notices that we have a gift--a day which more than likely will never come.
X0620........Levitical Proportions--why are they in the new covenant church?..........Do you know what the Levitical proportion is? In the old covenant, only a few people could minister. The new covenant redefines ministry, so, why do so many churches operate by the Levitical proportion?
Hierarchy--only in the OT.....x527........We think that in the new covenant, God ordained "offices" of ministry. We use this idea as the basis of much of our church operation. It's wrong! It simply is not in the Bible--it is not in the Greek!! The word "office" (Greek: "hierateia") is used only to describe the old covenant Levitcal priesthood, not the new covenant ministry gifts. The word "office" was inserted by the experience of translators of the dark ages--to satisfy the church system of Christian kings (rulers who exercised absolute authority over their subjects--no wonder the Bible is filled with these type of words!!)
The "Officers" of the church in 1 Timothy..........x338......Most Churches operate by a system of church officers. A hierarchy of authority--a chain of command. this entire concept comes to us from church tradition outside of the Bible. But, doesn't the Bible say that there are "offices of bishops and deacons within the church? We must look carefully at this. The word which is translated as "office" in 1 Timothy 3 is simply not there! It is, in fact, the word "diakonos" which means servant--(the word which is most often translated as "minister"). These are instruction for servants--NOT the setting up of a hierarchy of authority or chain of command!!!.
X04.01............Not Tithes and Offerings--Distributions and Collections..........The New covenant church did not have "tithes and offerings"--Jesus did away with these at the cross. Instead they were Spirit-lead in their giving, with collections for the poor, and distribution to "every man" who had need
2 Corinthians 9--all about giving in the NT.......x534.........This area of scripture talks to the new covenant Christian church in the area of giving. Only one thing is out of place--NO TITHE!! Open your Bibles and your hearts and honestly study all that the Bible says about the tithe. Read it all--in the context that God set it in. The tithe was the amount Israel had to pay the high priest of Jerusalem, as an offering for sin. All the giving in the new covenant church was toward the poor--for the needs of any who ministered--not just to the "leadership". Open your Bibles and your hearts and honestly study all that the Bible says about the tithe.
Feeding the Poor which are Our Brothers........x492...............WE have a concept of giving within the church that usually goes something like this: We all give our money to the leadership--and God leads them to use it for His purposes. Is this Biblically correct? The simple answer is no--at least if we look at the new testament. In the old testament, there was the need for a Levitcal priesthood--a group of specially chosen ministers--who operated in the temple--with the purpose of taking the tithes (the 1/10th Holy offering of Israel) and making sin offering to God for Israel's sin. The new covenant specifically annuls the Levitcal priesthood (see Hebrews ch 5-10)--and the need for this type of offering. So, how did the new covenant church give? The plain answer was that they gave to the poor within the church. The offering and collection of money was for "the saints" NOT for the leadership. It was Spirit-lead--not lead by the law of the tithe--and it was direct to the needs of the poor within he church. In fact, Jesus says we will be judged on this specific point!.
Moses seat NOT to be in the church.........x477......The Pharisees sat in the seat of Moses. This seat was the earthly representation of Christ's seat in the heavenlies--the seat at the right hand of God--the seat of all power and authority. Jesus unseated the Pharisees. By the old covenant laws, they had perfect right to have authority over Israel--but Jesus clearly brought a new rule to the new covenant. He was to be the ruler of the church. He was to be the Head of the church--to have all power and authority--and we are all members of His body in the earth--none exercising authority over another--there are to be no seats in the new covenenat church--no rulership but that of Christ
X04.02......Experience--Our Greatest Enemy!.........Here is a simple concept that we should all understand.....Ministry, is God, working through someone to serve the needs of others. Would you agree with this? Of course! Now, God is in all believers.....right? Therefore, ministry is for all believers. You may believe that I have made up my own doctrine by these conclusions--but they are absolutely in the Bible--IN CONTEXT. Where? Ephesians chapter 4--somebody read the BIBLE!!
Teaching--what We Lack.........x463.......Very powerful tradition in the Christian church says that most Christians need weekly teaching--which comes from one man--for their entire lives. The teaching of one man is the central focus of "church"--and occupies a large part of what Chrstians do when they are gathered together. We would challenge you to study what the Bible says about teaching--who can do it--how it should work in he church. The answer is that teaching ought to be simple direct and Spirit lead through any individual--and NOT from one single man--over and over and over again!.
The One Man Who REALLY Understands the Bible.......x459.......Biblically, there is no such thing as "clergy and lay people". This concept comes to us from the church of the dark ages, when only the local priest could read. He was also the only person who was allowed to read the word of God--unfortunately he read it in Latin--a language which most of the people did not understand! Now, of course we do not follow these ideas today--YET--we still operate our Churches with this same idea. We still sit quietly "under the authority of the pastor"--the one person in the church who can teach doctrine and read the word!.
SUBMIT--SUBMIT---SUBMIT!!!........x315.......What does this word really mean? does it mean to line up with military commands of leadership? And who exactly does the bible say we ought to submit to --is it the pastor? (answer--no!). Absolutely there is an annointing and gift of leadership within the church---but is that leadership due our complete and total submission? The submission of our will, (you can't talk back to it) our ministry (you can't serve God in any way that competes with it) and our money (you have to pay tithe for it's service)? Study all the uses of the word submit from the Bible--in context--and see what it really means to "submit".
Pastors instead of Apostles....x373.......We have many many pastors in Christianity today.we operate the church by pastoral authority--something which cannot be found in the Bible--and is Biblically defended by the vaguest of scriptures. On the other hand, the word of God is filled with apostolic ministry. Our sad situation is that we have a misdefined concept of pastoral ministry, and totally ignore apostleship--one of Christ's greatest gifts!.
X0619...........Jesus Says NO Storehouse............Folks in tithe-teaching churches are told that the church is the "storehouse" that Malachi refers to. They probably never look up the other reference to storehouse found in the Bible!
Pharisees in the Seat........x455......In the Bible we often read about the Pharisees and their dealing with Jesus. Have you ever been taught that the Pharisees were simply a "legalistic cult" within Israel? The Bible says rather that the Pharisees sat in "the seat of Moses". The Pharisees were in fact the delegated authority over Israel--they were the correct rulers of Israel--the people who were rightfully (according to the old covenant) "in authority" over Israel. Jesus' dealings with the Pharisees reveal the fact that He was undoing old covenant government--and bringing in a new plan--where He was the Head of the church, and all Christians were functioning members of His body--serving one another and NOT exercising authority one over another.
2Cor 3 Says there are 2 types of ministry--OT and NT.......x447.......What's the difference if we get our church plan and operational system from the old covenant or the new? After all it is all God's word--right? Many preachers often teach about the Bible being "all God's word"--which is certainly true--however, shouldn't we set the entire Bible in the context and order which God set it in? If God made changes from old to new--shouldn't we operate by the new changes? whether we realize it or not, the new testament calls the old testament ministry--the "ministration of death"--and states that it ought to pass away!.
Collosians says it All.........x496......The book of Collosians chapter 2 states some very interesting things when we read it carefully. It tells us all to walk out our ministry--and then it warns us that certain specific things could possibly beguile us. They are Sabbath worship and tithing! These specific old covenant law operations are stated as being the things which are worldly--the tradition of men--not God's high calling upon a church body--and could draw a church away from the fullness of what God intends--which is Christ the Head in complete authority over the body.
Psalm 68:18--the establishing verse for ministry--Does anybody know this?.....x280..Our quiz question for every pastor and minister: What is the Old testament verse which establishes the "5-fold ministry" of the new testament? Answer: whether anyone knows it or not--whether anyone likes it or not--it is psalm 68:18. An incredibly little known or studied verse, which states rather clearly that these gifts of ministry are given to humanity--to every one--even the rebellious! Do we know this at all? Has anyone ever studied this at all?.
The Scribes---Way under Authority.......x297.....Why does the Bible tell us that Jesus taught with authority--and the scribes did not? Jesus operated His ministry--He operated in His Godly authority in a perfect way--and that way was in total freedom. His authority came directly from God the Father. the scribes of Israel, in Jesus day and age, had put themselves under the authority of the high priests--as well as under the authority of Rome. when we put ourselves under man's authority, we cover ourselves from being in the diecrct authority of God. When we put ourselves under man's authority, we loose our own authority in God, just like the scribes
Tested and Proved......x322.....Have you ever heard the saying "you must be tested and proved" in order to be a minister? Well, this is true--that statement is made in reference toward ministers (deacons) within the church. However, since we take those words out of context--exactly what is the "proof--and the test" for ministry? Isn't it church attendance--education--and myriad of other requirements? did you know that if we dared to read those words in context, the Bible would qualify probably about 90% of all Christians for ministry?
X0629..............I Dont' Go To Church Any More...........More and more people are not going to church, but calling themselves Christians. Are they all "wicked evil church-hoppers"? Maybe they are people who are being lead by God. Maybe they have realize that they should not GO to church, but BE the church.
X0628...............The Pastor: A Good Man, Just a Very Bad Wizard............Pastors are good people, they are just the folks who believe the most in the system.
WE Pay--Do They Obey?.....x367............The church in the Bible gave all of their money to the poor within the church--for any one who had lack. the leaders did not receive a tithe, nor did they use the money that they distributed for their own welfare. or just for their own ministry. They did not use the money to build a large building--the collecting of money was "for the saints" for all---not to pay the leadership who was the "full-time ministry".
What God Could Have Said--But He didn't.........x371......When God wrote the Bible, and He was going to relate the new covenant gifts of ministry, He could have easily related them to the Old Covenant Levitical priesthood. But He didn't. Instead He related the New ministry gifts to psalm 68:18--one of the most little known or little studied verse in the Bible--which says simply and plainly that these gifts are given to all of us, not just to a delegated, designated, anointed, appointed, group, who has authority over the rest of the church.
X04.07.......Pastors--biblical points to understand..........Some time, get out your Bible and concordance or Bible software, and study "pastors". It won't take you very long--since there is not much mention of them in the Bible. Yet in the church of today, it seems everyone is a "pastor"! Does anyone beside ourselves worry about this fact?
But Wait!---You Need a "covering".......x377......Many teach that ministry needs a "covering". The idea being that every minister needs someone who is "in authority" over them in some way. This concept comes from an obscure, out of context verse in the Old Testament and has absolutely no example in New covenant church operation at all. What is very interesting is to research the word "covering" in the Bible. We then find that there is someone who has the ministry of covering---Lucifer!!.
The Opposite System........x394...........In the Bible, the money was NOT given to leadership to build and operate a church building. It was Spirit-lead giving--to the poor in the church--so that no one had lack. All the houses of God were cared for, they did not exalt one man's house over another.
"Preaching"--Why Are We Yelling AT One Another?.......X109H......To preach means to proclaim with power! And many of us go to church and are "preached to". What's wrong with this? Well, the Bible tells us that we are supposed to be preaching the GOSPEL to the world--not yelling at one another!
Among You........X09........A very simple Bible study, which it seems very few have ever done! Look up the words "among you" in the new testament. Look at the bit of advice that Jesus gave, about how things ought to be "among us".....He only asked that we should treat each other as equals, and NOT exercise authority one over another.
Why There Are Unsaved People In Church....X09....Have you ever had the experience of bringing someone to church who was not saved, and having them leave in the same condition? Do we realize the Bible gives a promise that there is a way for anyone who comes into our meetings to believe?
Polarization in the Church........X09.........Since we are not following the new covenant plan for operating the church we create polarization of function. Since we are sure that believers need to see a repetitive example that tells them that "ministry" is something they are not in...we are truly not all serving God and He is the One who is short-changed.
X04.24.......... "Holding forth the word of life;"...........A personal testimony about a plaque found in a large church--which uses the Bible to fit our experience. We think that the ministry is only for a few--but read your Bible! The context of this quote is teaching release to all the church to carry the Gospel--NOT a command of "ministerial authority" within the church--as tradition would like us to believe
No Accountability In Leadership With Regard To Money!.........x410..........."The money was laid down at the apostles feet". This quote is often taken out of context and used to teach that the giving of Christian money is meant to be to the leadership of the church. Can we read the rest of the verse please? "distribution was made to any man as he had need"--the truth is that the giving of money in the New Covenant was to the poor, to those who had need--100%. This is the root of the evil which stops the ministry gifts from being the operation of the entire body of Christ--and not just for "some".
WHEN was the Bible translated?........x425.......Whether we realize it or not, most of what we operate our churches by comes from the terms and translations used in the King James bible. This Bible is a very accurate translation of the word of God--however it was written in an era of Christian kings who had absolute authority and control over their submissive subjects. So much of this language is used toady to enforce ideas about authority and ministry which simply are not in he Bible, if we translate it properly without the prejudice and outright error of a bygone time.
Wrong government holds incorrect doctrine in the church..........x96..........Church history (and the beliefs that many still cling to!) shows us that wrong doctrine in leadership corrupts an entire body of believers. The key to this is the common misconception most churches have with regard to church authority and submission..
How is it when you come together?...........x206.........In 1Corinthians, God gives us commands about how to operate whenever we are together. Are we obedient to these simple commands? Maybe we should review the manual before proceeding with another church service!
Hebrews 7-10---the offering done away with!........x438.........This is a detailed study of these 4 chapters of the book of Hebrews. These chapters tell us plainly, that in the New Covenant--there is no more offering for sin--we have a greater priest--we are all to be priests under this new high priest (Jesus). He has made the one time offering--the one time tithe--for sin. There is no more need of offering of animals and grain--which was what the tithe consisted of.
Real Stuff About the Tithe........x514........Open your Bible with us--and study some of the concepts often taught which supposedly speak of tithing as a necessity for Christians. Let's look at these teachings in context--and take the Bible for what it says--instead of what our dark ages traditions say!
Ordaining people--for the leaders?.......x522........The area of scripture we study here (Acts 6:1-7) is one that has been interpreted to the max. It is used by scholars, major denominations, Christian groups, Satanic cults--you name it--as the supposed "Bible example" that the leadership "has the authority" to appoint people to do menial jobs "below" them. This was the excuse for emperors and kings and lords and nobles to have peasants who serve them. It's almost gone from our churches today--at least in most peoples' attitudes--yet it remains entrenched in our operational ideas for the church.
John 6--the whole chapter........x523.......Study with us this chapter of the word of God. We will see the message and action of release that Jesus brought into the world. Release was a central part of Jesus' ministry--He "sent away" all the people--He released everyone who believed. Question: Isn't "Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever?". Question #2--where is the release in our churches today??
Acts 20----Give To The Weaker!!.........x533..........The Bible instructs us to give to the weaker among us. The church--as the Bible describes it, is a body of individuals--all who are unique--yet all have a function. Our tradition tells us that we should give to the strongest member--to the "person in authority"--exactly the opposite of what the Bible asks us to do. The question we humbly ask is this: what if--we gave to the poor within our churches? The Bible says we would be glorious if all ministered --and if all had the support needed to operate in ministry. What if?.
1Thessalonians study//LKAR......x535........Read through his short book of the Bible and take notice of the nature and operation of the ministry described. The cooperation on a common level--the apostolic operation of brothers in the Lord. Compare it with our idea of pastoral authority and church format. Again as always we simply ask you to study these things for yourself!.
1Peter 2--Jesus Shepherd/Bishop..........x536...........Often we have seen the very last verse of this chapter of the Bible--taken out of context. It is one of the very few places in the Bible which use the words "shepherd" (pastor---Greek: "poimen") and "bishop". This last verse is looked at--and immediately defined by experience and tradition--"You see--pastor and bishop are in the Bible--they're the rulers of the church--see it's Biblical--!" What if we read the entire chapter? What if we looked at what the Lord is speaking about--instead of our tradition and experience? If we did, we would see that the pastoral anointing--(as well as that of a bishop)--is the gift of releasing others to ministry--the act of setting others free to serve God--The exact opposite of our common tradition of "pastoral church authority"--!!.
Jesus is the Only Rightful ruler!.......x538.......Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords--and we all say "amen" to that of course. but have you ever read the rest of that verse in the Bible? It says that Jesus is also, the "only Potentate". What does this mean? It means that "Christ is the Head of the church". It means that He is the Head of the body. It means that He is the only One who has God-given right to be an "official ruler" in Christianity. a "potentate" according to the Greek definition, is someone who is an official ruler--and Jesus is described as the ONLY potentate. We as individuals, and we as groups should only have one Ruler--one Head--Jesus Christ our LORD!!.
Peter==Pater--papa--pope--priest---pastor......x519........The tradition of the Roman church tells us that Jesus designated Peter to be the first "official" leader of the church. Their tradition then lays all their experience and traditional changes upon these verses (Jesus was naming a "pope"--who is the "official pastor of the official church--who "owns" the priesthood--a priesthood which we carry on with our concept of "pastoral authority") We go a long way in the wrong direction on some simple verses. Jesus was simply prophesying and releasing Peter to lead --but how? What does Jesus and later Peter say shepherding or "pastoring" really is? Guess-what! It's the annointing to release others to serve God---somebody read the Bible!!
X0627...........A Problem With The Pastor Being the Levitical Priest..........The function of a Christian pastor is, Biblically based on the Levitical priesthood of the old covenant. The problem is that in the old covenant, the priests had a set of rules to follow--limits to their authority. The Christian pastor has no real set of rules to follow.
X0607..............The Timetable of Ministry............How long does it take for someone to "get into ministry'? Tradition makes us misuse the Bible, wrongly define ministry, and the end result is that it takes years for someone to get to the point where they can serve God. Satan knows what the Bible says--less ministry means more people in Hell.
Controling The Money......X109C.....The traditional system of "church" gives all the control of money to a few people. Is this Biblically correct? Scholars have been working for centuries to hold this idea in place. Look at the Bible yourself and see if this is the correct way for the church to work.
Jesus requirement--NOT money--ministry!.....x524......Jesus made a requirement to His followers (one that is soften overlooked by our traditional way of reading the Bible!)--that was to serve God--to minister--to walk out a priesthood in the earth. We in our tradition of church have a requirement---MONEY. Isn't this true? Can you "get ahead" in your church without giving money to the leaders? Can you attend your church without giving "properly"--as tradition ordains? Jesus' system will get more people saved--if only we would adopt it in place of what we are so sure is "RIGHT"!!.
Conviction........x528......Unnecessary conviction---it's entrenched in our church tradition--since we allow the old covenant in the new covenant church--in specific ways that we are not supposed to.
Demanding Tribute..........x529...........Jesus paid tribute to the ruling authorities in His day--and this is a true Biblical command--we all ought to pay our taxes--in the world. Yet at the same time, Jesus makes the statement that we shouldn't operate by the same rules as the world with regard to money. We are free when we do NOT pay tribute amongst ourselves. When we demand tithe--we absolutely do operate in the wrong kingdom.
What About the One-Sixtieth Offering?.....X109I....Tithe, tithe, tithe, lot's of folks like to preach the tithe at Christians. They make it seem as if the Bible has a law that says 1/10th of everything belongs to them! In Ezekiel, God asked Israel for a1/60th offering why don't we go by that rule?
Jesus Did Not Have Altar Ministry......X109L...The book of Hebrews makes a point to tell us that Jesus was not born to the tribe of Levi--He was not a priest--an "altar-minister". So, why is it that "altar ministry" is so overwhelmingly prevalent in the church? Is it possible we are missing Jesus' ministry in our functioning together?
All uses of the word diatithemi........x101.......Jesus only uses this particular Greek word one time--in Luke chapter 22--the place where He makes the definitive statement that authority one over another is NOT what New Covenant church ministry is supposed to be. The concept of servant ministry is the central operating principle of the New Covenant.
1Peter 5--who's "subject" to who?.....x107.......The rules of church authority according to the Bible are that we all cooperate with one another on a common level. In the Bible church submission was a 2-way street--not 1-way authority as in worldly government..
All Teachers/ Stuck in 4th Grade..........x126........Continuing the thought of the previous study, we ask the question where we came to our strict rules about whom can teach within our churches.
Misunderstanding Hebrews 13:17.......x137......When we misunderstand Hebrews 13:17, we are lead to operate our churches by undefined rule--the rule which is powerfully in the tradition of the church.
Flock of Ministers#2.........x178......The word flock has been taken out of context, by church generations from the dark ages (specifically the Roman church) and used to lead us to believe that the church consists of a shepherd, who is, has, and does, all the ministry, and a "flock" of people who are functionless in God (other than to serve the needs of leadership) and have no ministry. The bible truth is that the flock is a group of ministers.
Colossians 2--Jesus spoiled the authority........x498............This area of scripture says that Jesus openly spoiled a certain authority. We have often been taught that this is referring to Satan--but if we read this in context--and in context with the rest of scripture--we see that the authority that was spoiled openly by Jesus was in fact the old covenant authority of the Pharisees and priests. Jesus is to be the Head of the church--not a group of tithe-collecting priests or Pharisees who rule with authority over others!
Complete In Him.......x497........The Bible tells us plainly that Christ is the Head of the church--and the head of every man. We as individuals are complete in Him--we will only be fully what he wants--we will only reach our full potential as Christians if we operate completely under His authority. Jesus told us specifically--3 times in the Gospels--that amongst ourselves we are not to exercise authority one over another--specifically not to operate in his manner as the world does.
Roman Emperor Says........x494.........1700 years ago, a Roman emperor--who considered himself to be the head of the church--made it illegal to be anything but a Christian. He literally declared everyone in the world (at least the then know world which Rome ruled) to be a Christian--and made it illegal not to be in church on Sundays. This changed the operational plan of the church. There was no more need to operate in the apostolic method--reaching out to he lost and needy. Rather, the church was held under the authority of the tithe-collecting priest--and babies were baptized into the church so that everyone was now a Christian!.
"we have received....apostleship".........x490.......In his salutation to the Roman church, Paul makes the direct and simple statement that we have received grace and apostleship. We understand what grace is--the free gift of salvation through Jesus offering at the cross and His resurrection from the dead--our free gift of eternal life by faith in Him. But do we realize that we all have also received apostleship? Paul here is stating that the church is meant to operate apostolically--that we are all to be set at liberty to freely serve God--and NOT be under the authority of one another.
Jesus Spoke destruction to the Temple--Why do we still rebuild it?........x484.......Jesus spoke against the temple--He spoke against the ruling Pharisees--and the new covenant clearly says that the levitcal priesthood is not necessary since Christ is our high priest and we are all now made priests directly unto God. Yet, we continue to get operational plans for the church from the book of Haggai--we search the Bible to find what we want it to say!!.
Nice People--Bad System.........x475..........What we are saying through this website is simply this: we have within the church a worldly system--wrong ideas given to us by tradition--ideas which occupy our time together, and misdirect our efforts for God. These things stop us from being the glorious church of the Bible. But we cannot reiterate this enough--the people who are "in ministry" are the the very best of us. They are nearly always the most zealous and godly people--WE love all our brothers and sisters in Christ--it is just that there are a lot of nice people in a wrong system
X04.05.........2Corinthians 3 to 4........A BIG message that seems to be missing in the "charismatic" church is that the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are meant to be lived out through ministry. Charismatic folks rightly recognize that the gifts of the Spirit are for all believers--but do we realize that the correct Biblical use of these gifts is to further the Gospel--the ministry we ALL have
X04.06..............A Short List of things that the traditional plan of the church STEALS..........The tradition of church was devised by Satan to steal from believers and so rob God. He is a thief, and he wants to steal your time, effort and money
Pharisees--Have made the form of the church we function in today.......x469........Jesus describes the Pharisees--and how they operated. When we study history--we see that in the dark ages--in the times when the Roman empire controlled the church, tradition began which took the church into a form of government which imitated the govenrenment of the Pharisees precisely! For over 1,000 years the "church" was powerfully under this type of Pharisitical government--and the remnants of it are still upon us and upon the ministry of every Christian to this day.
The Pastor's Kid's Shoes.......X109B......Why is it that the poorest person in the church paid for the pastor's kid's expesive shoes? It's not anyone's fault--it's wicked, corrupt tradition that if we are unaware of, we will follow.
Principalities and powers.......x467........Principalities and powers are the words the Bible uses to describe ruling authorities. This study looks at every verse which refers to ruling authorities. The bible tells us that authority is found in 3 places--heaven (Gods' authority) hell (Satans authority) and the earth. The first two are obvious--however, the authority in the earth, is clearly only to be found in man's worldly governments--and NOT in the church. There is no "church principality"--there is biblically no "pastoral authority". The church in the earth is not meant to be a physical kingdom ruled by man. Christ is the Head of the church--Christ with ALL authority and power.
What Have I got Against Tithing?......x454.......Answer: it limits ministry. When we operate the church by the tithe, we are singling out the leadership as the "true ministry"--and ignoring and subverting the ministry which is meant to flow through all the church. Therefore we limit God--we ignore the poor which are among us--and the end result is that people go to hell, since we are not all working together to get them saved, the way we should be!
The apostolic plan for the church........x452A...........We operate our churches by the pastoral system--something which comes to us from tradition--(specifically from the Roman empire!). Here is a simple description of the apostolic plan which the Bible gives us for the church.
Why The storehouse?........x450...........If we take the Bible out of context--we can make it say whatever we want it to say. Have you ever been taught that "if you don't tithe you rob God"--or that "you need to bring your tithe into the church--which is your local storehouse"? Do you dare to read these verses in context from the book of Malachi?.
worldly system and kingdom of heaven--w/regard to tithe........x449...........In the world, the person who can convince others to give them their money, rules with authority over others. This is the basis of a successful business plan. Money is the "bottom line"---the leader controls all of it, and commands it's uses in the company. Should we really have the same system in the holy church of God? Is this God's highest call for us as Christian brothers and sisters?
2 Cor 3 Says there are 2 types of ministry--OT and NT........x441........Whether we realize it or not, in most of our church systems, we operate ministry mostly by old covenant rules. Well, why not? We defend this by saying that the Bible is all God's word, and therefore we can operate by any part of it. Absolutely the Bible is all God's word--but we must take it in the context which God set it in. There IS a new and an old covenant. The new overwrites the old. And in 2corinthians 3, the new clearly says that there is a difference between old covenant ministry and new covenant ministry--and that the old ways need to go.
X0604.............The Poor Ministers......."Ministry" according to the Bible, has the right to ask for help from others, including monetary help. The big point we miss is that ministry is for all of us to do at different times, as God decides. Not, "full-time--paid--professional" ministry.
NT church by OT Rules....x261............We operate ministry within our churches based largely on old testament ideas. We have a Levitical priesthood within the church. We build temples to God. Just these 2 concepts steal the ministry that the new testament says in supposed to be in all the body--and steals the priesthood that every Christians is supposed to be operating in. The clearly abolished old covenant ideas were placed in the church hundreds of years ago, and have been stealing the ministry and preventing Christ from being the Head of the church--and continue to do so today!.
Pastoral Authority--something Like This?.......x265........Have you been taught something like this: God has set some people within the church--who are the ministry. They have God's authority over the others within he church, they "have the rule" and it is the Lord's will that we submit to this authority. If you have been taught these concepts--please open your Bible and read Luke 22:25-29--Matthew 20: 25-27--and Mark 10:42-45
The Pharisees under roman rule.......x275.........The Pharisees sat in the seat of Moses. The were the rightful governmental rulers of Israel in Jesus' time. But they had put themselves under the authority of Rome. In so doing they lost their authority from God. Along comes this carpenter from Nazareth--not born a Levite--not a Pharisee--not a scribe or an elder. Rebellious to Roman authority--(He tells his people not to operate by the system of the kings of the Gentiles which is Roman rule). He functions fully under the authority of God the Father--and does miracle after miracle. He demonstrates God's authority over sin and sickness--and the devil--by NOT putting Himself under the authority of the Pharisees--or Rome! What a Savior we have!
Shepherding is something people do--not a job title........x300..........our misconceptions about pastoral authority come from out-of-context, half-scriptures which we fit into our church experience. Why not read the Bible by the experience of the writers--and study what is really meant by the pastoral anointing.
Them that have the rule--submit--or imitate?.......x314.........One of the greatest problems (which specifically limits ministry from operating through the entire body of Christ) we have in the church is undefined rule. the operation of our Churches is based to some large extent on a half-verse in the bible which seems to say that there is someone in the church who has "rule". We define "rule" as authority over others--as the world does. If we study this word Biblically, and in the context God set it in, we will find that "rule" is service--and we are all told to imitate this principle amongst ourselves. No one is ever specified in the Bible as "having the rule--that's because it is Christ who is supposed to have all authority and be the Head of the church!!
The Sunday Morning Whipping........x318.........the church in the Bible met anywhere the Spirit lead. One way was an assembling of themselves together (which was a long--perhaps days long meeting for all to be refreshed and filled with the Spirit)--this meeting was done only occasionally--as the Spirit lead. The daily meeting places were the homes of any Christian--or literally anywhere 2 or 3 were in agreement--including the temple of the people who were trying to put them in jail--the Jewish priest and elders! history has changed this--turned our meeting together from Spirit lead to law driven--and taken away the apostolic freedom which Jesus gave and translated it into the authority of man--thanks to the Roman empire!.
the One Way Pulpit.......x320........Do you have a pulpit in your church? Does it look like a Roman column? (hint-hint!!). Tradition, which simply is not to be found in the Bible, says that one person within the church has the right to teach all the doctrine, and without questioning in any way. Why do we spend so much of our operational time together "under" the pulpit?.
Does Christian "Ministry" Operate By The Rules of Show Business?.....X109E....If someone wants to get into show business they need to get a break and they need to have a certain type of talent that pleases lot's of people. Ask a minister. Most of them will tell you that they got into ministry by the same rules.
The "ooops" of Tithe Preaching......X109G.....Here is a list of Biblical concepts which are ignored (conveniently!) by those who preach tithe. Ooops! Pastor never preaches this stuff! Make a copy of this study and post it on the door of your church (hey that's how Martin Luther got things going!)
Them that are "over You"........x340.........On a handful of occasions in the Bible, the wording of the King James Bible uses the terms "them that are over you" --or "them that have the rule over you". This is the experience of the King James translators speaking--in a day and age when Christian kings were the head of the church and had absolute authority over their subjects. Let's simply take this greek word "hegeomai" and look at Jesus' definition--as found in Luke 22:25-26. We will find that a leader is specifically NOT someone who is to exercise authority over the others.
The Tithe Is Holy Unto the Lord/ /must be destroyed-- ..........x345..........when we preach tithing we are denying the ministry of the entire body of Christ. We are saying that we have certain people in the church who are in fact the Levites--the priests of the church. Only a priest collected a tithe in the Bible--it was his payment for serving God. Yet in the New Covenant, we are all made priests unto the Lord (Revelation 1:5-6). Jesus called Himself bread and meat, and invited all of us to eat. The Levites were the only people in the Old Covenant allowed to eat the bread and the meat of the sacrifice--they lived off the meat and grain of the tithe. We are all priests--all invited to eat of the sacrifice--all ministers unto the Lord.
Purpose of the tithe//...... ....x346.......The purpose of the Old Covenant tithe was as the offering for sin. God needed blood to be shed, on a constant basis, in order to hold Israel's sin in forgiveness. It was therfore necessary for 1/10th of the herd of Israel to be made Holy--to made clean before God as sacrificial offering. The book of Hebrews speaks about the Levitical priesthood--declares it to be done away with in the the New Covenant--and then makes the clear statement that there is no more need for an offering in the New Covenant--we have the perfect, precious and pure blood of our Savior Jesus--amen!
X0623........Why wasn't Jesus born a Levite?........Why didn't Jesus come as a pastor? Why didn't He collect tithe? The bible says it is because He did not seek to glorify Himself.
X0609..........The Unanswerable Tithe Question..........Tithe is hammered into the minds of many Christians. The question asked is "Why is tithe in he Bible?" The answer provided is that it is meant to be the way Christians give money to the church leader. This is the wrong answer. This is the right answer.......TITHE IS IN THE BIBLE, BECAUSE IT IS THE WAY PEOPLE HAD THEIR SIN FORGIVEN BEFORE JESUS WENT TO THE CROSS.
X0611............Why The New Testament Church Did Not Pay tithes and make offerings.......They did not do this because Jesus was their offering. "Offering" Biblically, means to make a due payment for sin. "Tithe" was the amount of the sin offering. Read the Bible for yourself and see.
Tithing Is Of The Law.........x348.......The tithe was the Old Covenant offering for sin. In the New covenant we have a better offering, the blood of Jesus, which is better than the blood of animals, or the offering of grain. The tithe is a legalistic doctrine and stand against the simple New Covenant teaching that ministry is a gift given unto every one of us. It singles out one person who is "the minister" and therefore limits the move of God in our churches..
X0608.........Selective Tithe Teaching........."Tithe" is taught very selectively. The tithe teacher ignores what the Bible truly says about tithe, and fits it neatly into his idea of "church"
Tithing---what does the Bible say?--really!..........x349.............The tithe was the 1/10 of Israel's herd and crop that God considered as Holy unto Him. It was Holy for the purpose of being made an offering for sin. It was also used to pay the Levites--the priest of the Old Covenant, who had a full-time ministry, preparing the meat and bread and making the daily offerings properly. It was all necessary in order to forgive sin. In the New Covenant we have a better sacrifice--the blood of Jesus. In the New Testament, there simply was no tithe--all the giving of money and possessions was Spirit-lead--and to the poor--to those who had lack--NOT to a special group of people who were priests--instead all Christians were considered to be priests unto God--they all understood they had a ministry to fulfill for the Lord--and did not need to make sacrificial offerings of meat and bread and the blood of animals---the tithe
Titles of distinction?..........x350..........Very powerful tradition in the Christian church says that some people among us have titles of ministry which bear authority over others. But the Bible shows us plainly that ministry is a function--an operation--an anointing--NOT a title of rulership. Yes ministry has authority--the authority to teach the Gospel (to rule over sin)--to heal the sick (to rule over all manner of sickness and disease) and to cast out the devil (to rule over the enemy and his strongholds)--but specifically NOT authority one over another amongst ourselves.
Undefined rule--the world doesn't want it Why is it in the church?.........x355.........Every denomination, and individual church is man's attempt to form a Godly government without God. We have an incredibly dangerous situation in the Christian church, and are divided into pieces, simply because we accept undefined rule within the church. Why can't we use Jesus definition of "them that have the rule"?.
Under.......x356........Christians are experts at understanding what it means to be "under authority". We have been taught it is somehow vital to be "set under authority" in our church system. In the Bible there is only one person who says he is "set under authority"--the Roman centurion. He is describing the Roman form of government--the kingdom of the Gentiles--which as Jesus says, is all about one person exercising authority over the rest---NOT to be among ourselves!!.
X0606............So, Who Gets the Glory.........People love to say" glory to God" but are we truly glorifying Him in the way we meet together? Look at the fruit.
What if the demoniac of the Gadarenes Came to Your Church?........x369............This man was severely demon possessed. Jesus not only cast those demons out of the man--but released Him to ministry--which is exactly what he needed in order to keep the devil out of Him. Are we ready to do the same in our churches today? Or have we lost faith in the power of God--the power of the Christ within--to do ministry in even the most severely oppressed?..
Who Put In the rules?....x376........It is amazing how we operate our concept of church by out of context teachings which are handed to us by tradition. "God is a God of order."--this is often quoted to enforce the ideas of pastoral authority--of formatted church service--in which only the leadership can pray or operate or be heard within the church. Do you dare to read this verse in it's Biblical context and find out what kind of "order" God really desires and commands within the church?.
Jesus--His Pastoral Ministry.....x39...........Do we ever consider Jesus ministry as the example of pastoral ministry? He said that he was the only true and right shepherd (pastor). do we ever consider His example of teaching with the purpose of release as the correct example of pastoral ministry? Or have we tainted pastoral ministry with a worldly system based upon money?
Authority By Implication..........x401.............Jesus taught definitively that within the church, we are not to exercise authority one over another--that His definition of ministry was NOT authority over other Christians. His teaching on authority is rarely ever dealt with--rather it is much more common to teach authority by supposed Biblical example--by implying that a situation or example from the Bible implies that it is necessary for leadership to exercise authority in the church.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit.......x405...........The teaching that the gifts of the Holy Spirit--and their ministration--are unto "every man". Our "Spirit-lead" churches believe in this--the question is, do we operate the church by the instructions and command of the Holy Spirit--who will speak through "every man"?
Doctrinal Corruption Gone--But Functional Corruption Still With Us!!.....x420...........The reformation of the church 500 year ago began to rid the church of doctrinal corruption (thank God). However, do we understand that the priests of the Roman church simply became the pastors of the reformed Churches--and that church operation remained and still remains almost exactly the same as in the Dark ages?.
Mourning for the fornicator........x424.............There is a passage in the Bible, which taken out of context and translated by incorrect church operational concepts, seems to lead us to believe that church "authority" has the right to kick people out of the church. We ought to read the word more carefully--in its' own context--and thus receive a far greater message.
X0618..........Jesus' Leadership............Just a small thought, but Jesus said that part of His leadership was to NOT exercise authority over others. The Bible says that our attitude ought to be like Jesus--so---is it??
Problem: Releasing Ministry.......x428..........We have a real problem with releasing one another to ministry within the Christian church. Many of these reasons come from age-old misinterpretations of the Bible which give us misconceptions about ministry and authority amongst ourselves.
The Real Principalities and Powers........x61...............Church tradition strongly emphasizes rulership and authority over the people. This tradition holds masses of Christians from being all that God created them to be---study history!
Sheep are the unsaved--sometimes..........x65................does your church function by the concept of shepherd and sheep? One of the problems with this concept is that according to the Bible, "sheep" are the unsaved--Christians are sons and daughters and bondservants of our Lord
Heb 13:17--Obey Rule.........x70...........This half-verse operates the church. This study puts it into context in a way you are not likely to hear about in church.
To What Do we Submit?...........x86..............It has taken the church hundreds of years to understand the 2-way street in marriage. The church traditionally stressed the submission of a wife to a husband--and left out the command of love that the husband has. We understand the importance of context in the marriage submission--and the balance described--yet not so in terms of submission to "the rule" in the church..
We obey the lords supper in 1 cor--but what about the rest?........x89..........In 1Corinthians the Bible describes how we ought to celebrate the Lord's supper--and we often follow this diligently. But when we read on in the next chapters we see that we are not so careful to follow the "commands of the Lord" that are presented---but rather we have an out-of-context viewpoint stressed in most churches.
Hey Jesus--How Can we Get into Ministry??........x200...........Some of the followers of Jesus asked Him how they could do the same stuff that He did. He gave them an interesting answer--"eat me as meat and bread". What did this mean? It spoke of the priesthood of Aaron--but don't well all eat the bread of the Lord's supper as Christians?.
.e-mail to a pastor...........x232..........Just what is a pastor? Well, he's the guy who runs the church--right? Well, if we go by the firm tradition of Christianity for 1700 years--this is true--on the other hand, if we were to look at what the Bible says a pastor is--we come up with an entirely different answer
Likewise the Deacons......x241............1Timothy 3:1-15 are vital in understanding the operation of the church according to the Bible. But we must study these verse carefully and without our traditional interpretations based on our experience and the experience of previous church generations. These verses tell us that there are ministers who are not leaders--and they explain exactly where the "5-fold ministry" fits into the equation.
The Link of What Leadership is--"Hegiomai".......x243.........According to the Bible, someone has the "hegeomai". The King James Bible translates this word as "have the rule over"--whether we know it or not, Jesus translated the very same word as servant, who does NOT exercise authority over others.
Pastor--Priest--Roman system--all based on the Old Covenant......x509..........Hundreds of years ago, Roman emperors created the system and format for the Christian church--based upon the notion that they had "declared" everyone a Christian--and now were simply interested in teaching and controlling the people who were "under their authority". They used out-of-context verses from the old covenant to do this---here's how.
The Church a "type of Israel"?........x511..........Have you ever heard this idea taught? Did you know it is wrong? It can easily be misinterpreted to mean that we ought to study Israel as our best example of how to operate the church--we would be very wrong! In fact, the Bible tells us exactly the opposite--Israel is the "shadow" of the church--it is the church of the Bible (and hopefully us today--if we will strive toward their glory!) which is the correct example--Israel was simply a prelude--a prophetic statement of what Christ would accomplish through His church. Israel is the shadow--not us!!
Priests and Levites--the bad guys........x516...........Ever read the story of the good Samaritan? Sure you have. And certainly you caught the important lesson on how we ought to always help others who are in trouble. But did you ever study who the "bad guys" are in the story? Jesus was sending a message to Israel 2,000 years ago when He named the priests and Levites as people who only want to serve God in a nice clean temple, and don't want to do the "dirty work" that Godly ministry really is. Well, we don't have Levitical priests in our churches today---or do we??
Power--but not to take money!.......x517........Take a look at this area of scripture, one which is often taught out of full context--which might lead us to believe that the"ministers" of the church have God's right to collect money for their "ministry". Our first problem is that we don't have the right definition of what ministry is--we say it is rulership with authority over others--rather than a gift which is given unto every one of us. What the Bible says is that it is alright for money to be given to someone's ministry (which could be anyone--NOT just the "official" people!!)--but it is much better if they work for themselves and pay their own way. Ministry is supposed to be free--and freely released and encouraged in all of us. Doesn't it just make sense that we could accomplish more for God if we did it this way??
Have You Ever Heard of Diotrephes?.......x537.......Have you ever wondered why certain information is contained in the Bible? Things like salutations--and closings--and comments about specific people (whom you have never really heard of--people who are not "famous" in the Bible)? Everything is in the Bible for a reason--every word is precious and important. You have probably never heard of Diotrephes--right? Well, he was someone who wanted to have authority over the rest of the people in a church--who thought he had the right to kick people out of the church. Diotrephes is in the Bible for a reason--not often taught--we should not exercise authority one over another amongst ourselves-!.
added to the church by being the church.....x114.........The Bible does not tell us to "go " to church--it tells us to "be" the church. In the book of Acts people were all serving the will of God in commonness and unity and love---isn't this the high calling of God?