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"EAR'S TO HEAR!"
4/23/17 - 4/29/17
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The Reformation has never ended. It is just beginning.
"Not in word only,
but in power"
1 Cor. 4:20
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WORD OF ADMONITION:
The devil’s favorite place to trap people and bring them into bondage is not your local tavern or house of prostitution, nor is it with religions like Hinduism and Islam. No. The devil’s favorite place to render powerless God’s people is inside a local institutional church that advertises itself as a “God glorifying” and “Christ-centered” church.
Does “your pastor” follow the apostle Paul’s specific example of working a real job, while teaching and preaching on the side?
LIE OF THE WEEK
“The existence of trouble in your life indicates a lack of faith and some
undealt with sin.”
THIS WEEK’S CHURCH
1) A scornful comment deliberately made about anyone who will not agree and follow the churches outline of instruction; 2) Often used when speaking of those who have left the church, describing them and their “uncertain fate;” 3) A term said in a manner and tone that conveys fear to anyone who even thinks of switching to another church.
“Beware of the apostates; those that went out from us but were not of us.”
If anyone ever tells you that they have a "New Testament church," ask them a simple question: "Who's the pastor?" If you get a title and a name in response, you may respond with sublime confidence: "Oh no, you don't have a New Testament church!"
In the New Testament and in the early church up till about 150 A.D., THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS "THE PASTOR." There is nothing in mainstream Christendom that offends the unscriptural, worldly church order so much as attacks upon the holy, sacred, and venerable institution known as "The Pastor."
But it needs to be hammered home despite the difficultly that many will have with it. So, here it is again: In the New Testament and in the early church up till about 150 A.D., THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS "THE PASTOR!"
Genuine Christians need to be on guard and to stand firm because the fiercest opposition they will often encounter will come from the very men who tell you that they are "God's leaders."
With only the rarest of exceptions, none of these arrogant “church leaders” who teach that they have “divine authority bestowed upon them” can ever be objective when confronted with the Truth because the Truth exposes their role as the unbiblical authority figures in an unbiblical church institution that the people look up to, and in many cases, who pay their salary, fringe benefits, and other perks.
Many of these hirelings literally earn their living as those who think that they have been "called by God to exercise rule and control over His people."
It is very easy for them to be self-deceived, and in many other cases, totally corrupt and bereft of a conscience, actually believing that they are “God’s men,” as they go about parlaying their perceived pastoral authority!
Such is the astonishing power of deception – both, to the deceiver and the deceived! Yet, Jesus' teachings on how His assembly is to be structured stand true. They are formed, not from the example of “eldership rule, control, power, greatness, positions, and titles,” but from the example of a household servant.
The example of Jesus is the most powerful argument against the idea of an official ruling clergy. Did He model one thing, only to build another? Did He come serving, only to elevate His people’s status later down the road?
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. John 13:12-17
THIS WEEK'S BIBLE VERSE
It's useless to bring your offerings. I am disgusted with the smell of the incense you burn. I cannot stand your New Moon Festivals, your Sabbaths, and your religious gatherings; they are all corrupted
by your sins.
See the truth come to life!
"The Pastoral Office"