Church Councils – Wake Up!
To all those in a positions of responsibility in today’s churches; Elders, Councilmen, Boards,… I have one simple plea, Wake Up!
You have been placed in a position of authority and responsibility to the Body of Christ. You have an obligation to serve and protect the precious souls of God’s sheep, yet you allow the wolves to roam free.
The Bible has some pretty stern words for the established priesthood of his day. Unfortunately those words still apply to today’s priesthood!
NLT Mar 7;6 Jesus replied, “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.‘ 8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” 9 Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition. 10 For instance, Moses gave you this law from God: ‘ Honor your father and mother,’ and ‘Anyone who speaks disrespectfully of father or mother must be put to death.’ 11 But you say it is all right for people to say to their parents, ‘Sorry, I can’t help you. For I have vowed to give to God what I would have given to you.’ 12 In this way, you let them disregard their needy parents. 13 And so you cancel the word of God in order to hand down your own tradition. And this is only one example among many others.”
– the many other examples mentioned in vs 13 include the Participatory Believer gathering Commands of 1 Cor 14, the call to servant leadership, the false doctrine of tithing, and finally the call to follow Paul’s tent maker preacher example. These specifics are discussed individually.
FranK Viola and George Barna explain the Pagan roots of the vast majority of our weekly church practices in Pagan Christianity. This link is a review of this book. Take a look. This clearly shows how far we have ventured off God’s narrow path.
Looking back at Mar 7;13, the real problem for these preachers is their deep honor for tradition. Really their sin is simply gullibility. They refuse to question what their teachers told them. They have rejected the Holy Spirit’s efforts to reveal these errors. They can not look at these verses with fresh eyes.
I think the indoctrination that goes on at most seminaries locks these errors in, perhaps for an entire lifetime!
Council members are mostly free of this indoctrination, so when the truth is earnestly sought, it can be found. This is your role. Look again at Mar 7;7 (above). When your church operates in this mode, honoring traditions of men over commands of the Lord, her Worship is useless.
NLT Mar7;7 Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.‘ 8 For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.”
May we all seek one mind, the mind of Christ, one will, the will of God, always worshiping in both Spirit and in Truth.