The New Testament
The New Testament Church Structure, Which
one is Biblical, the right one for tofday? Does God firstly
really lead the Church even today by an one man or an eldership
form of structure - an one directional pyramidal structure, or even the
totally reverse also, a Congregationalist one? or the bi directional pyramidal
structure or what? Do you even really know what the New Testament
says now on this?
Firstly Christ is the
sole head of the Church, even today.
(Eph 5:23 KJV) For the
husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and
he is the saviour of the body.
(Eph 5:24 KJV) Therefore
as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own
husbands in every thing.
(Eph 5:25 KJV) Husbands,
love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for
(Eph 5:26 KJV) That he
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the
(Eph 5:27 KJV) That he
might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or
any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
(Eph 5:28 KJV) So ought
men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth
(Eph 5:29 KJV) For no man
ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the
Lord the church:
(Eph 5:30 KJV) For we are
members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
(Heb 3:1 KJV)
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider
the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ
(Mat 21:11 KJV) And the multitude said,
This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of
(Mat 24:24 KJV) For there shall arise false Christs, and false
prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were
possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
If in comparison the false prophets and
false apostles exist, there must also still exists the genuine ones
(Acts 2:42 KJV) And they continued stedfastly in the
apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in
(Mat 18:1 KJV) At the same time came the
disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of
them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and
become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the
same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one
such little child in my name receiveth me.
It sadly seems that even in the Church today something have
wrongfully not changed.. pastors, elders, deacons are fighting for positions,
recognition, and seem to have forgotten the flock..
Let's next notice in the New
Testament, in the book of Acts as to really how God leads the true Church of
God by His Spirit. It is always still not the church of men or of a man.
Christ alone is the living head of the church still.
Let me first also say that
it is also absurd, a false extreme to say that the New Testament
Church, the rightful Church of today has no visible structure or set
gifted offices in the church, today or in the New Testament now as well.
Let us all stop here
and remember that anyone following the right Church structure and themselves
not being Baptized and led now by the Holy Spirit is still a real waste of
time. And without the real application of love any Church forrm, approach will
still fail too.
Now after Jesus was resurrected and after he was
seen by many in the space of about forty days, He next instructed His
disciples to remain in Jerusalem and, "...wait for the promise of the
Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with
water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence"
(Acts 1:4-5). Before the arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, the
disciples were all together in one place, number about one hundred and twenty
all together ((Acts 1:15 KJV) And in those days Peter stood up in the
midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an
hundred and twenty,)). Peter then discusses with the entire group the need for
a replacement for Judas. (Acts 1:23 KJV) And they appointed two, Joseph
called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. "And
they appointed two ..." (v. 23), it is apparent that the entire 120
members participated in making this appointment. Third, we
notice that the saints did not seek their own will in this decision. Neither
did they look to any man for direction. They wanted God to make the final
decision. They had cast lots so that God's will would be made know.
New Testament scripture clearly
still does not support a pyramidal one directional hierarchical structure of
government in God's Church.
Also do note that in Acts 2, where we read about
the birth of the New Testament Church through the outpouring of God's Holy
Spirit. The Holy spirit was given directly by God to every single
member present initially but next it was done by
the laying on by the hands of the elders on every single
evidenced by the person also speaking in tongues
initially by every single person baptized with the Holy Spirit. I know it
happened to me.
Some persons have
detailed that ...
If God's form of Church government was only one
directional pyramidal, He would have given then the Holy Spirit to Peter
alone, who in turn would have given it to the other Apostles, who in turn
would have laid hands on the rest of the one hundred and twenty to give them
the Holy spirit as well. But it didn't happen that way originally. God used
the plurality of persons, to even distribute his Holy Sprit. to do his work
God here also revealed that he planned to speak through all of
the saints, not just to a special few for everyone there Baptized with
the Holy Spirit now got the gift of toungues.
chose himself all of the Elders, but next the
people chose the deacons.. but elders and deacons are all also still
servants of God and of each others, of the congregation too.
In Acts chapter 6, seven men were chosen to serve
as Deacons in the Church. The Apostles chose not to choose the
deacons themselves. Instead, they said, "Wherefore, brethren, look ye
out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom,
whom we may appoint over this business" (v. 3).
The New Testament Elders and deacons
selection partially mirrored that which took place in (Exo 18:25 KJV)
"And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the
people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers
of tens." Where god chosed the Elders. and (Deu 1:13 KJV) "Take you wise
men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them
rulers over you." where the people made the rest of the choices.
We often hear of Church cell groups that have been
organized now based on the Moses eldership model but next how Biblically New
Testament is that anyway? One Church that I had been too involved into Cells
was involved in sexual lusts and adultery still.
Secondly, we notice that the men who
were chosen were charged with the moral responsibility. in their oversight of
the resources, food being distributed daily to the poor persons, the
widows in need. Nowhere in this chapter firstly were they referred
to as Elders. They were all servant ministers in every sense of the word, and
some next were actually chosen as elders in the Church, as elders they were
still servants of God and men.
that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at
Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea
and Samaria, except the apostles .... Therefore they that were scattered
abroad went every where preaching the word" (Acts 8:1,4). From these
verses we clearly see that everyone was preaching the Gospel.
The evangelistic work of God was also not at all a one man show.
As the history of the early Church continues in
Acts 8:5, we are given the account of how one disciple who was scattered by
the persecution preached the word. We see Philip, who was one of the seven
going into Samaria preaching the gospel, healing sickness and casting out
demons. As a result of Philip's preaching, almost everyone in the city got
baptized. Philip didn't have to seek authorization from "headquarters" before
baptizing, he simply did whatever the Spirit led him to do. Had he been a part
of the body of Christ, he would have been disfellowshipped for acting without
"Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem
heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and
John:[this proves that Philip acted without seeking approval from men, for
they heard about it after the fact] Who, when they were come down, prayed for
them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon
none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then
laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost" (Acts
Simon the sorcerer "saw that through
laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given ... " (Acts
(Acts 2:38). Peter said, "we are his
witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given
to them that obey him" (Acts 5:32).
Once Philip had completed what God wanted him to do
in Samaria the Spirit led Philip toward the South unto Gaza where he met a man
of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority. "Then the Spirit said unto
Philip, Go near and join thyself to this chariot" (Acts 8:29). Notice how
the Spirit was leading the Church.
Those who teach the pyramid hierarchical
structure seem to love to quote the next few verses which read, "And
Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said,
Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man
should guide me? " (v. 30-31).
From this they say would say that we need a man to
guide us. However, they tend to forget that this detailed conversation took
place while the eunuch was yet unbaptized and without the Holy Spirit.
As we continue reading though, we see that Philip preaches Jesus. As they
passed by water the eunuch asked to be baptized. "And Philip said, If thou
believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I
believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to
stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the
eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the
Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he
went on his way rejoicing." Once baptized, the eunuch didn't need a man to
guide him anymore. The Spirit took the man away. From henceforth the eunuch
would be led by the Spirit. Jesus Is The Living Head of His Church.
Apostle Paul his self was taught by the Holy Sprit and not man.
In Acts 9 we read about the calling of the Apostle
Paul. If the Church was structured like a one directional pyramid, then Christ
should have revealed to Peter that He was going to call Paul. In fact, Peter
should have been the one sent to Paul instead of Ananias. But God didn't
reveal Paul's calling to Peter at all. God called Paul and Paul began
preaching immediately without any mention of Peter. In Galatians, Paul
elaborates on this fact to show that his Apostleship was not from man. It's
also interesting to note in Acts 9:20 that as soon as Paul was converted, he
began preaching Christ.
Also apostle Paul clearly WAS NOT
one OF THE original 12 OR the 13th apostle..
Cor 1:1 KJV) Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the
will of God
Cor 9:1 KJV) Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus
Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
For we know that in the Church of Christ there
were more than just the 12 original apostles.. An Apostle is a calling,
who job description is being the senior father of the church, he is generally
the, an original church starter, he is the equivalent today of a Missionary,
and he or she tends to have all, note all of the gifts of the Holy
spirit. Apostle are generally characterized by the much persecutions and
sufferings they bear too.. One generally tends to work one way up in the
church and the last administrative position is the Apostle.. the job below the
apostle are the prophets who are often found in the company of apostles, and
generally below the prophets are the pastors -teachers who take the advice
from the Prophets.. many pastor teachers deny the existence of apostles,
prophets cause they are in sin and falsely refuse to submit to their
authorities.. Some pastors today actually function in the role of an Apostle,
but do not use the title.. and the elders are made up of the local pastors
teachers, prophets, apostles.. there are women apostles.. such as Junia (Rom
16:7 KJV) Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow
prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before
me... and women prophetess (by the way Apostle and prophets can be divorcees..
while pastor teachers cannot..) Evangelists is a separate gifted persons to
the church, also one of the elders, generally has a healing or miracles
gifts, tend to travel from church to church, city while
missionaries tend to be fixed.. Generally in the local Church the apostle is
referred to as an elder.. as are the prophets, pastor teachers, evangelists..
Now as to a ruling elder, the church administrator, the Bishop...an
apostle, he tends to be responsible for a specific flock of churches in the
geographical area.. he is the the most senior original apostle or his gifted
appointee. God selects and equips the church leaders, the church
confirms it.. The New Testament office of an Apostle supposedly also had no
parallel for sure in the Old Testament and I would agree that a more
valid Biblical definition of an "Apostle is a matured Holy Spirit anointed
Christian person who has experienced all the gifts of the Holy Spirit... in
other words he the Apostle has also personally had functioned in the role of
prophet, pastor, teacher, evangelist, miracle worker, healer, giver, helper..
etc., and that was why they have been given such importance in their
roles now too. Mind you that is a general definition, the original 12 Apostles
and Apostle Paul do not fully meet this criteria.
still does reminds us that the church of today as well is "built on the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief
cornerstone". Note the inclusion of the New Testament prophets with the
apostles as the continual. ongoing foundation of the church. "That these
prophets are NT prophets cannot be seriously questioned, especially in the
light of Eph. 3:5 where the apostles and prophets again are found together as
recipients of the revelation of the mystery that the Spirit has "now" made
known." And the gift of prophecy to the church was also to be eagerly
(Eph 4:11 KJV) And he
gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some,
pastors and teachers; Because many they have also wrongfully neglected the
continual Greek verse tense here in the passage, stating thus God keeps
on giving these anointed persons, offices, some persons would wrongfully state
that there is clear implications there being only one historic
"foundation" and that once a foundation is laid, it does not need to go on
being laid thus pointing to a SUPPOSEDLY temporary nature and cessation of the
office of Apostle.or Prophet now as well.
The Christian Church
foundational, original organization plan, while truly first set in
Pentecost is actually repeated daily today as well when we now do build
any new church work. In any new local church work the apostles, and the
NT prophets are continually raised up by still by God for them to serve in the
founding, foundations of the new church work. Once this task was, is
complete, these offices of apostles and prophet's were still needed even
next in the administration and expanding the new church work and even by next
also building another one, Now how come some people do not want to see this
too? "In Eph. 2:20, apostles and prophets are closely linked. They are
both important components of the one foundation. Ephesians would
actually indicate that we are dealing with two groups of specifically gifted
people. In Eph. 4:11 we are told that Christ "gave some to be apostles, some
prophets..." Here both nouns have their own definite article. They are
clearly two separate groups. Let’s also STILL note the important
position accorded to New Testament prophets. In Eph. 4:11 they are mentioned
second only to apostles. Their importance is also seen in Rom. 12:6-8, where
the first gift mentioned is prophecy. Similarly, 1 Cor. 12:28 lists "first
apostles, second prophets, third..."
Sadly in the too often now man led,
man organized, rather false hierarchical pyramidal church structure of
many major denominations now too, such as the Christian Missionary Alliance
and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada, the North American Baptist Church,
and many others denominations too this preaching would never be allowed.
If a person came into In a hierarchical church structure and
he began preaching locally, even if he said God told him to do
it, he would not be allowed, and the person would be
opposed disfellowshipped if he persisted. I even do know this firsthand
In 1963 the Christian and Missionary Alliance
issued an official statement regarding the gift of tongues in response to the
existing Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. It was an appeal to Alliance clergy
and laity to reject the initial evidence doctrine and to maintain an attitude
toward tongue speaking of “seek not, forbid not.” But the statement “seek not, forbid not,”
was not to be found anywhere in the founders A.B. Simpson’s writings.
Most people are not aware that the Pentecostal
Assembly of Canada was formed during their direct break away from
the Christian Missionary Alliance. And both the Alliance and the PAC were
still the overall loser as a result .
The Alliance too tends to be a false
organization today, for it clearly likes to advocate their members and
adherents in real practice to follow after men, their own selected leaders.
The Alliance tends to be a Church very one direction, pyramid
hierarchical in form. The hierarchical form of government in this
Church is the false belief that God works primarily through one man and one
man alone. God directs the local Church by directing the top man and everyone
else through a descending chain of command. All power is invested in the top
man and those delegated at his sole discretion. No doctrine, ordination, or
major decision can be made in the Church without authorization from the
"earthly heads." This is a dictatorial church even
in my own 10 years of real experiences. The false one man ministry
approach mostly is used and not the proper New
testament structure at all. It is the devil's structure that is used in the
Alliance. As those persons who really do know the New Testament all
Church submission is not enforceable and is reciprocal, mutual as
God did tend to work through a one man
Ministry in the Old Testament but he also do work through a plurality of men,
the 70 Elders of Israel under Moses in the Old Testament as well. In the
New Testament Moses was clearly replaced directly by Jesus and it
has God appointed, not man appointed elders now as
well. God uses the
vine as the structure of government in His Church in the New Testament. The
elders being the main branches.
Remember, when God spoke to Israel, a carnal
people, they did not want God to speak directly with them. They asked
that only Moses to be a mediator. This is what the Alliance is now
basically like. 1 Samuel 8 in the account of Israel asking Samuel for a human
king. God's response to their request was "Hearken unto the voice of the
people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but
they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them"(1
Samuel 8:7). Such Dictatorial Pyramids Church structures are
basically still pagan structures built by civilizations who neither knew nor
worshipped the true God.
In the Church. Jesus Christ (God) is the living head of the
Church. He expects us to look to him and to him alone and to follow Him. We
are not to follow men. Since we have God's Holy Spirit, we should not fall
after the same example of disobedience that we read about in 1 Samuel 8 by
asking God to give us a man to lead us. We should be content to follow God
through his spirit.
In fact, we are
warned not to follow men in Jeremiah 17:5. Here the Eternal says, "Cursed
be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart
departeth from the LORD." God does not require his children to have to
trust men and what they tell us. That's why he has given each one of us access
to His Word. We have direct access to God.
The New Testament
Church is a spirit-led church. It is not a human organization. It is a
spiritual organism where the living head is Jesus Christ himself. Jesus said,
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,
the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing"
(John 15:5). God uses the vine to typify organization of the Church. In God's
model, every member is a branch. Every member in the true church
is connected directly to Christ with no intermediaries. By using the vine,
Jesus showed us that God's government does not take the form of a
pyramid. He did not give us the idea that members are connected to him through
a descending chain of command. The structure of the church is not a tree
structure. It is a vine structure.
The Apostle Paul
outlines the only chain of command that exists in 1Corinthians 11:3. He says,
"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the
head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." The chain is
from the Father, to Christ to each family.
Each family reports directly to Christ, but it is
also led through a chain of human leaders where the leaders job is to
lead us to Christ and His way for us... but these
leaders do not dictate, they cannot enforce directly their views upon us.. we
are still directly to follow only after Christ. We always still submit to all
of the church leaders voluntarily
also says no man can serve two masters. Paul said, there is One Lord (Eph
4:5). Yet, in hierarchical systems, those on lower levels have more than one
Lord, for they must answer to those who are above them in rank. Each rank
exercises lordship over those under them. To operate successfully in such
structures, each person learns to please the man above him in rank. But Paul
said, "do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be
the servant of Christ" (Galatians 1:10). You can't be a servant of Christ
and at the same time be required to follow the dictates of men. There is only
one true head that we need to submit to and that head is Christ.
God "hath put
all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the
church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all"
(Eph. 1:22-23). The Father "hath committed all judgment unto the Son: ...
And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son
of man" (John 5:22-27). We don't have to answer to men. We are not
accountable to the dictates of men. For this reason Paul says, "... why
dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for
we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ" (Romans 14:10).
directional hierarchical structure of government hinders the leadership of
Christ in the Church. As if through a funnel, the works of Jesus are thought
to be channeled through one man, and from him they are thought to trickle down
to the rest of the congregation as delegated by the one man. In this model of
government, Jesus is thought to only communicate to members through the one
man, who for the church stands in the place of Christ. An example of this
would be seen if God were to give an unordained member the gift of healing or
gift of prophecy. In Churches using the hierarchical structure, such a member
would not be allowed to use the gift in the church without first seeking
approval from the ministry. In most cases, if a member claimed to have the
gift of prophecy, he might be told that the spirit speaking to him may not be
of God, but could be a demon. Such Church structures do stop Jesus from
directly leading the Church. In effect, an organization that
incorporates an one directional hierarchical form of government the Pastor is
telling God that you cannot lead these members except through
The Alliance as
well tends to be the rich who neglect, persecute the poor persons in their own
churches as Jesus himself directly told me right in the First Alliance Church
service in Calgary.
Mutual, reversible accountability and
submission is an integral part of the New Testament church structure rather
still and of all true churches today as well
In Acts 10, God uses Peter to bring the first
Gentiles into the Church. In chapter 11:2 we find the members contending with
Peter for letting them come in. This proves that Peter, like the elders of
ancient Israel, was accountable not only as well to those he served with
and to those he served as well. He Peter was not above
the other saints in submission too. He now also couldn't threaten to
disfellowship anyone who dared question him. Nor did he at any point attempt
to prove he was right by virtue of his "position" in the Church, for there are
no ranks in the body of Christ. Rather, Peter explains that God revealed this
to him in a vision, and based on what God was doing, and the vision that Peter
received "they held their peace" (Acts 11:18).
Even next Apostle Paul rebuked Peter
directly as recorded in the New testament. (Rom 12:9 KJV) Let
love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which
is good. (Gal 2:13 KJV) And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him;
insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.(Gal
2:14 KJV) But when I( Apostle Paul) saw that they walked not
uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them
all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do
the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
In Acts 13 God speaks directly to a small group of
prophets and teachers. None of the original 12 Apostles were even present. No
enforced instruction came to this group through a chain of human leaders. The
Holy Spirit simply said, "Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work
whereunto I have called them" (Acts 13:2).
Again, by this example, God clearly illustrates
that His church is not organized in a dictatorial one direction pyramid
hierarchical manner. Once they were instructed by the Spirit, they did what
God directed them to do. If God tells you to do something, what more
approval do you need? You still can ask for confirmation even
Even Apostle Paul does not always pull rank. Acts
15: 4 we see, "they were received of the church and of the apostles and
elders, and they declared all things that God had done with them."
Afterwards, the certain Pharisees rose up and raised the dispute. Then they
all got together to resolve the issue with all the Apostles and elders. We
know that the entire Church was involved in the final discussion because the
multitude is referred to in verse 12, and when James summarized the
conclusion, we read, "Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with the
whole church ... " (v. 22).
We often quote Acts 17:11, but we don't often focus
on the anti-hierarchical nature of the verse. Starting in verse 10 we
read, "And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto
Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more
noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all
readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things
were so" (vv. 10-11).
If the Apostle Peter or the Apostle Paul were at
the top of a pyramid,their word would carry some weight. But Paul didn't
expect anyone to accept his word alone . Apostle Paul himself confirmed
that the final authority rests in the Word of God, God.
Some persons still do teach a
false and an extreme doctrine here. They say the word of God alone is the
only, sole authority for all. Each member of the Church must prove everything
from the Word of God himself, then each member now needs only to follow the
Word of God and nothing, no one else. The Word of God, the Bible
becomes the Head of the Church. We thus now don't follow any men.
Well Jesus is the head of the church, but he also speaks now by his Holy
Spirit. the gifts of the Holy Spirit, even by Apostles, Prophets, Pastors,
Teachers, Evangelists, Bishops- Elders.. and not just by the Bible
Men can guide us to the words of Christ. Men may
have gifts that enable them to see things others may not of themselves clearly
see. Nonetheless, such men must not strive to be the main authority
themselves. Their role is simply to help people see the expressed will of God.
Every member of the Church must be following God finally, initially. God can
and does still use men, dreams and angels too to confirm his word
from the Bible to us.
In Acts 18, we read about a certain Jew named
Apollos. Apollos was teaching in the synagogue knowing only the baptism of
John. He didn't have to wait for an "ordained" minister to authorize him to
teach. He wasn't even asked to take a back seat, in spite of his incomplete
understanding of the gospel. Instead, Aquila and Priscilla, simply pulled him
aside and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And immediately
they encouraged him to keep right on preaching, even sending him forth with a
letter of recommendation. A women teacher here now used to do this as well,
Clearly, from all that we've examined,
New testament scripture does not support a totally pyramidal one
directional hierarchical structure of government in God's
Church. The scriptures consistently also shows that God works
directly with each member through the written Word, and through the Living
Word His Spirit as well as through others too.
Order is still God will, direction.
(Luke 1:1 KJV) Forasmuch as many have taken
in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most
surely believed among us,
(1 Cor 11:34 KJV) And if any man hunger, let
him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest
will I set in order when I come.
(1 Cor 14:40 KJV) Let all things be done
decently and in order.
(1 Cor 16:1 KJV) Now concerning the
collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia,
even so do ye.
(Col 2:5 KJV) For though I be absent in the
flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and
the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
(Titus 1:5 KJV) For this cause left I thee
in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and
ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:
(Heb 5:6 KJV) As he saith also in another
place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
No one directional Hierarchy---Anarchy?
Anarchy literally means "no head", for the root
word "arch" means head. The prefix "hier" means "priests" (see
Webster's Dictionary). In a "hier-archy" the
priests have become the head of the Church. Christ the priest after the
order of Melchisedec is the head of the Church. (Rev 5:10 KJV) And
hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
(Rev 1:6 KJV) And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his
Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The true structure of government in the Church
is still what we can all a "Christ-archy,"
"christocracy," or simply a "Theocracy" -- "Theos" of
course being the Greek word for God.
In God's true Church, He God is always the Head.
When men let Christ lead, we don't end up with confusion and anarchy. Christ
is capable of leading his Church by his Holy Spirit by any believer
now too, and the book of Acts gives ample testimony to this fact.
In Matthew 20:20-26 we read of an incident
where the mother of James and John, along with her sons, lobbied for the "top"
two positions in the Kingdom under Christ. (Mat 20:23 KJV) And he saith
unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism
that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not
mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my
Father. Jesus also has promised, "To him that overcometh will I grant to
sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my
Father in his throne" (Rev. 3:21). Everyone who enters God's kingdom will
share in the rulership of the world. We will lead the nations as a family, as
a Kingdom of priests. All who sit with Christ on His throne will be given
"power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the
vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my
Father" (Rev. 2:26-27).
After Jesus explained that he could not give them
such a position above the other saints whom he had called, the other ten
Apostles, having overheard the discussion, "were moved with indignation
against the two brethren" (Mat. 20:24).
""But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye
know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them [the Greek
term translated "exercise dominion" is "katakurieuo", which means
"downward lordship" or "hierarchical control"] and they that are great
exercise authority [Greek "katexousiazo" meaning "downward control"]
upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among
you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him
be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to
minister, and to give his life a ransom for many" (Mat. 20:25-28).
, "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated
themselves in the chair of Moses" (Mat. 23:2, New American Standard
version). Speaking of them he said, "But all their works they do for to be
seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of
their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in
the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi,
Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and
all ye are brethren" (Mat. 23:5-8).
Jesus told us not to call men Rabbi because we are
all brethren. The only one over us is Christ. Jesus is our Master. Everyone
else is on the same level. There are no inferior ranks in the body of
Jesus continued saying, "And call no man your
father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be
ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is
greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself
shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted" (v.
Ephesians 4:11. Earlier in the chapter, Paul
reminds us that "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called
in one hope of your calling;" (v. 4). All persons who have received Jesus
as Lord and have received the Holy Spirit are a part of the body of
Christ. Paul continued, saying there is "One Lord (not several in an
ascending chain of command), one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of
all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." Paul next states,
"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the
gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led
captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men" (vv. 7-8). Clearly the
positions discussed in the following verses are the gifts that Jesus gave to
men. The gifts are listed as follows: "And he gave some, apostles; and
some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of
the body of Christ:" (vv. 11-12).
Have you also noticed that trying to
discuss spritual gifts with spiritual fools tends to end up in fights?
why?? Can you next really teach a fool who thinks he or she knows it all
anyhting? no! (Rom 14:1 KJV) Him that is weak in the faith
receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. (Prov 9:9 KJV) Give
instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he
will increase in learning.
Some persons wrongfully try to try to say that
these gifts are not ranks in the Church, and the order of the listing in no
way implies any one directional or any hierarchical structure.
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but
the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same
Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which
worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man
to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to
another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same
Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the
working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to
another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But
all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man
severally as he will" (vv. 4-11). "
Paul in these verses made it clear that these
gifts do not elevate one man over another. He stressed that regardless
of who had which gift, it was God doing the work through His Spirit. Paul also
stressed here that God gave the gifts to whomever He willed. Since any member
could receive any gift, we realize that God was not in any way validating an
inferior hierarchical structure.
As Paul continues in the chapter, he uses the body
as an analogy to explain that all the members in the Church are equal
regardless of what gift they might have. Rather than supporting hierarchy,
this chapter actually refutes it.
(Eph 4:28 KJV) Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour,
working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to
him that needeth.
"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in
particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles,
then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues" (I Cor
All these Elders, Church offices do exist
today and there is a visible and undeniable Church office ranking here though
but it is also not one directional, but bi directional, the ranking is also
all voluntary and based on mutual submission, unenforceable. A truly holy
spirit led church would have all of these offices now
I was raised in the church.. I have always
considered that God's work was best done through a local church... mind you
that did not stop some believers now working on their own as God would
lead them, call then to do this. I do not feel totally comfortable with any
Evangelical organizations not affiliated with the Church. But I have
functioned effectively, under God's will in one, as treasurer, vice president
of a Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship Chapter.(Luke 16:11 KJV) "
If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will
commit to your trust the true riches?" God clearly had wanted me to
prove myself in handling money before I was allowed another Church
office, before I next pastored a home church. But to me this
FGBMFI organization is church like, it has regular prayer, worship, preaching
Jesus Christ loves the church and died for it,
but are the Evangelists still now not to be an integral part of the local
Church too for in reality very few of the Evangelists they do make
a claim of this. Evangelists and Evangelicals they seem as are their own
writings seem often to point our that they are independent, separate,
not a part of the main church, that they are an important gift outside the
church and thus can, do operate outside of the whole Church. .. and to
this my brother said most evangelicals are just evil spirited
rebellious persons evidenced by their wrongfully not really living by faith in
God to provide, by their hireling begging for money from others,
tending to deny the existence of the charismatic gifts of the Holy spirit, and
telling lies.. which I know firsthand even supposedly honorable evangelist
like Billy Graham does, did in his preaching.
What has brought all this on was I had come across
a supposedly Biblical exposition that had some really great exceptional
truths, but it also had too much, much too false tares as
well, for it became immediate evident to me that in it there was
major lies, distortions, false doctrines in the writing, even extremes of
valid doctrines and definitely a hidden agenda for doing all of this now so as
well, as to the hidden agenda I could not determine at first what
it was and I had prayed too for discernment what it was. The
same author did not state honestly what his overall objective in writing
the article was. It was only much later after I had gone thoroughly through
the whole article when I noticed who had supported the article.. an
evangelical association, that it became parent why they too had approved of
the Biblical distortions.. clearly, wrongfully they wanted to justify their
existence and poor method of operations firstly.
I could not help but notice that Evangelicals tend
to be a one man leader organization and they wrongfully tend not to have
a plurality of elders, Bishops in the church, in their organization.
They tend to have a leader and subordinate financial deacons mainly. Some
evangelicals do lie and say that the Church deacons are the elders..
elders were, are separate offices from the deacons as per the New
To me the same evangelical based author
was guilty of poor Biblical scholarship and
taking good doctrines to false extremes and what I generally write about
false Bible expositors really applied to him as
It still amazes me how some people are
so ready to claim they are right, even experts, on a subject they have never
experienced even, such as the people who do not at all claim now to be a
prophet, and/or do not claim they speak in tongues, and/or do not claim they
prophecy and yet they claim now even to write authoritatively on any of
it.. sure, sure! They all mostly have already lost my respect, and their
But in direct
contrast the fools also do try to do an expository of the scriptures based
mainly on their own personal experiences, limitations understanding these
persons they are still fools.
Like I have said one is not a Christian
before one notice the vast difference between fundamental Christians, in
particularly between the Pentecostals and the non Pentecostals.. the
difference lies also in the aspects, emphasis of the Holy Spirit,
Spiritual Gifts, and the gifted Church members, offices too.,, such as even
Apostles, Prophets.. and there are differences even on the issue of eternal
security.. While both sides claim to believe the Bible is the word of God,
they seem to explain it all very differently... the problem to me it seems is
that clearly one group is doing it mostly in their own wisdom, not in God's,
they are not allowing the Holy Spirit to guide, teach them, but rather
the flesh, mere men and the devil.. but next each one says the other group is
doing this.. the same professing Christian group that has a low emphasis on
the Holy Spirit is the one in error.
Some persons still do have a preset
personal agenda, it is not the truth they are expounding but their own false
even pet theologies still too. Their most common approach to do this is
to neglect critical related verses in the Bible, to wrongfully totally
exclude, ignore them.. most people are too ignorant, too lazy to spot this.
Sad. Some people are clearly false or too lazy to study the Bible and the
truth they can never know the truth thus too
The Bible expositor
who generalizes too much or even those who try to put their own limitations,
criteria on terms and definitions will fall now still into errors.
persons would say that today's Prophets cannot be at all like the Old
Testament prophets? Or they say that the New testament prophets are not at all
like the Old Testament Prophets. This is not all true nor is it all
Because they have also wrongfully neglected the continual Greek
verse tense here in the passage, stating thus God keeps on giving these
anointed persons, offices, some persons would wrongfully state that there is
clear implications there being only one historic "foundation" and that
once a foundation is laid, it does not need to go on being laid thus pointing
to a SUPPOSEDLY temporary nature and cessation of the office of Apostle.or
Prophet now as well.
The church foundational, original organization
plan, while truly first set in Pentecost is actually repeated
daily today as well when we now do build any new church work. In any new local
church work the apostles, and the NT prophets are continually raised up
by still by God for them to serve in the founding, foundations of the
new church work. Once this task was, is complete, these offices of apostles
and prophet's were still needed even next in the administration and
expanding the new church work and even by next also building another one, Now
how come some people do not want to see this too?
"In Eph. 2:20,
apostles and prophets are closely linked. They are both important components
of the one foundation. Ephesians would actually indicate that we are
dealing with two groups of specifically gifted people. In Eph. 4:11 we are
told that Christ "gave some to be apostles, some prophets..." Here both nouns
have their own definite article. They are clearly two separate groups.
Don't you also find it really strange that some people today in the
church expect all of today's Prophets to be totally perfect, but yet not all
of the church Pastors? Why do they have this dual standard? Are they looking
for a false excuse to discredit immediately all AND ANY OF the Prophets? It
sure really seems so.The mostly still sinful and rebellious Pastors and/or
teachers still really do not like to submit to any Apostles, Prophet's
even today so that is why they tend not to like and wrongfully to
agree with this valid exposition now too. I have even heard, witnessed pastors
lie. Does that now also mean every single word a prophet said, or every
personal act was to be right, inspired? Don't you find it really strange that
some people today in the church expect all of today's Prophets to be totally
perfect, but yet not all of the church Pastors? Why do they have this dual
standard? Are they looking for a false excuse to discredit immediately all AND
ANY OF the Prophets? It sure really seems so.
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that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting
life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the
world; but that the world through him might be
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