De-Ordaining Your Pastor
The ordination of most of todays Pastors will cost them their salvation. They embrace an unbiblical role, assume false authority, ignore clear Biblical warnings, and outright disobey Commands Of The Lord . They join Those ‘Whom God Knows Not’
So what is this ordination process?
Excerpt from Ordination – Wikipedia
[Some] “churches hold that ordination to the priesthood enables a person to act in persona Christi, ‘in the name of’ or ‘on behalf of Christ’. Ordination allows a priest validly to administer sacraments, most notably giving that individual the authority to celebrate the Eucharist. It would be proper to think of a priest as acting as a living conduit for Christ, with sacraments being dispensed solely from God through the priest, an imperfect but divinely accepted tool.
For Protestant Pastors:
… ordination to the pastoral office is the rite by which their various churches:
recognize and confirm that an individual has been called by God to ministry,
acknowledges that the individual has gone through a period of discernment and training related to this call, and
authorizes that individual to take on the office of ministry.
For the sake of authorization and church order, and not for reason of ‘powers’ or ‘ability’, individuals in most mainline Protestant churches must be ordained in order to preside at the sacraments (Baptism and Holy Communion), and to be installed as a called pastor of a congregation or parish.”
So what is the problem with all of this? God Hates It! It dis-honors Christ’s sacrifice. What does the Bible say about The Priesthood of Believers. What happened to the Temple when Christ died? How did the churches that Paul established handle this? Let’s take a look.
The tearing of the Temple Curtain
NLT Matt 27;50 Then Jesus shouted out again, and he released his spirit. 51 At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart, 52 and tombs opened. The bodies of many godly men and women who had died were raised from the dead. 53 They left the cemetery after Jesus’ resurrection, went into the holy city of Jerusalem, and appeared to many people. 54 The Roman officer and the other soldiers at the crucifixion were terrified by the earthquake and all that had happened. They said, “This man truly was the Son of God!”
Mathew Henry Concise;
Matthew 27: 51 Vs. 51-56 . The rending of the veil signified that Christ, by his death, opened a way to God. We have an open way through Christ to the throne of grace, or mercy-seat now, and to the throne of glory hereafter. When we duly consider Christ’s death, our hard and rocky hearts should be rent; the heart, and not the garments. That heart is harder than a rock that will not yield, that will not melt, where Jesus Christ is plainly set forth crucified. The graves were opened, and many bodies of saints which slept, arose. To whom they appeared, in what manner, and how they disappeared, we are not told; and we must not desire to be wise above what is written. The dreadful appearances of God in his providence, sometimes work strangely for the conviction and awakening of sinners. This was expressed in the terror that fell upon the centurion and the Roman soldiers. We may reflect with comfort on the abundant testimonies given to the character of Jesus; and, seeking to give no just cause of offense, we may leave it to the Lord to clear our characters, if we live to Him. Let us, with an eye of faith, behold Christ and him crucified, and be affected with that great love wherewith he loved us. But his friends could give no more than a look; they beheld him, but could not help him. Never were the horrid nature and effects of sin so tremendously displayed, as on that day when the beloved Son of the Father hung upon the cross, suffering for sin, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. Let us yield ourselves willingly to his service. Here’s a excerpt from
The early church writings are very clear. The Didache written about 100 AD draws a distinction between a Prophet Teacher and Prophet Seer. While a prophet seer, one who see the future with 100% accuracy is entitled receive support from believers, a prophet teacher is immediately recognized as a false teacher if he asks for or accepts support for support from the gathering. Here’s an excerpt that clarifies this:
Didache 12:1 Let every one who comes in the name of the Lord be received, and then examine him judiciously — right and left — for the opinions he holds. 2 If the one who comes is a traveler, assist him as much as you can, but he shall not stay with you more than two or three days, unless there is a necessity. 3 If he wishes to settle with you and is a craftsman, let him work for his living. 4 If he is not a craftsman, decide according to your own judgment how he shall live as a Christian among you, but not in idleness. 5 If he will not do this, he is one who makes gain from Christ. From such keep aloof.
Didache 13:1 Every true prophet [Prophet – Seer] who desires to settle among you is worthy of his food. 2 Likewise, a true teacher also is worthy, but like the craftsman, he works for his living.
Prophet- teachers followed Paul’s “tentmakers” example living off their trade. This is clearly the Biblical assignment that Paul gave to all who preach, all true Pastors.
Today’s church system is far from Biblical. You don’t need to take my word for it. Take a look at this quote from Bob Blitz’s update of William Wilberforce’s 1797 book ‘Real Christianity’, Wilberforce was the man who successfully outlawed slavery in England,
“The result is that in the Christian world in the West, we settle for a cultural version of Christianity that is far from the real thing. I’m not talking about unbelievers here. I am speaking of those who say they believe the Bible is the Word of God and who claim to have committed their lives to Jesus Christ. They have given in to a nominal faith.”
Will today’s church ever wake up from its coma? Will the men of the cloth ever truly be able to claim the title “men of the Word”, or are they better identified as “teachers of the Law?” We should take a quick look at the scriptures that speak to this issue.
1. Those who mis-interpret Paul NLT 2 Peter 3;15 & Mark 7;7
15 And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him— 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.
Could these be the blind leaders described in the Bible, the ones trusting traditions above Biblical commands?
NLT Mar 7;7 They worship me in vein; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.
2. Building on Paul’s Foundation 1 Cor 3;10
10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. 12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.
The consequence for the lesser sin, building w/ wood hay & straw [building with wisdom of men, money, ego & pride] is severe – barely escaping the fires of Hell. That leaves little doubt that building on the wrong foundation, the foundation of the old Levitical priesthood; the authoritarian priesthood of men, can cost you your salvation. Cleary these folks are not building on the foundation that Paul established, the tentmaker, servant-slave, humble priesthood of Christ. There are so many verses that urge us to follow Paul’s example that this issue can not be ignored.
The follow Paul verses:
Take another look at 1 Cor 3;10-13 Because of God’s Grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder….
NLT1 Cor 9;1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
NLT 1 Cor 10;33 I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. 11:1 And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.
NLT Phil 3;17 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you(YLT use us as a pattern).
NIV 2 Thess 3;7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example . We were not idle when we were with you 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.”
3. Saying God Treats Us better than we deserve, CEV Jude 1
CEV Jude 1;4 Some godless people have sneaked in among us and are saying, “God treats us much better than we deserve, and so it is all right to be immoral.” They even deny that we must obey Jesus Christ as our only Master and Lord. But long ago the Scriptures warned that these godless people were doomed…
NLT Jude 1;12 When these people eat with you in your fellowship meals (at your believer gatherings) commemorating the Lord’s Love, they are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you. They are like shameless shepards who care only for themselves. … 13 like wandering stars doomed to the blackest darkness…
NLT Jude 1;20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God ‘s love. 22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.
In vs 12 these teachers are called Shameless Shepards who care only for themselves. I think vs 23 calls us to Rescue these teachers from the flames of Judgment Vs 23. Let look at their problems. [vs 16 complainers, living only to satisfy their desires, brag loudly about themselves, and flatter others to get what they want] they [vs 12 are like dangerous reefs that can shipwreck you, shameless shepherds who care only for themselves]. They [vs 11; follow in the murderous footsteps of Cain, Like Balaam, they deceive people for money, like Korah, they perish in their rebellion against God’s anointed.] Their real problem is that they do not have God’s Spirit in them.
4. More righteous than the Teachers of the Law, NLT Matt 23;1-12 NLT & Matt 5;20
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. 3 So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. 4 They crush people with impossible religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. 5 “Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels. 6 And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. 7 They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’ 8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. 9 And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Matt 5;20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness (selflessness?) is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
5. Have To Let me Lead
NLT Mat 16;24-26
24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. 25 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?
6. Widow Robbers
NLT Mar 12;38-40
38 Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. 39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.”
All those asking for tithes from Widows are guilty of this robbery. The old testament model was to support the Widows not to collect from them.
7. Millstone Sin NLT Luke 17;1
1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! 2 It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. 3 So watch yourselves! “If another believer sins, rebuke that person; then if there is repentance, forgive. 4 Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive.”
Taking advantage of the simple trust of believers is the millstone sin. Those asking other believers to support their preaching are wrongfully taking from what belongs to the poor, and therefore guilty of this sin.
8. Those Seeking Profit from Godliness AMP1 Tim 6;1-9
1 LET ALL who are under the yoke as bond servants esteem their own [personal] masters worthy of honor and fullest respect, so that the name of God and the teaching [about Him] may not be brought into disrepute and blasphemed. 2 Let those who have believing masters not be disrespectful or scornful [to them] on the grounds that they are brothers [in Christ]; rather, they should serve [them all the better] because those who benefit by their kindly service are believers and beloved. Teach and urge these duties. 3 But if anyone teaches otherwise and does not assent to the sound and wholesome messages of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and the teaching which is in agreement with godliness (piety toward God), 4 He is puffed up with pride and stupefied with conceit, [although he is] woefully ignorant. He has a morbid fondness for controversy and disputes and strife about words, which result in (produce) envy and jealousy, quarrels and dissension, abuse and insults and slander, and base suspicions, 5 And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. From such withdraw.
This verse is pretty clear we are not to associate with anyone who thinks it is ok to profit personally from their efforts to seek and follow God. Clearly a man who accepts a salary for teaching is guilty of this sin and we are clearly directed to withdraw from these men!!!!!
9. Those Building Monuments To Prophets, and Hiding The Keys Luke 11;39-54 (and Mat 23;23-36)
Filthy, Greedy Corrupt And Wicked Teachers Who Ignore Justice and Mercy & Persecute Prophets.
NLT Luke 11;39 Then the Lord said to him, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! 40 Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? 41 So clean the inside by giving gifts to the poor, and you will be clean all over. 42 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore justice and the love of God. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. 43 “What sorrow awaits you Pharisees! For you love to sit in the seats of honor in the synagogues and receive respectful greetings as you walk in the marketplaces. 44 Yes, what sorrow awaits you! For you are like hidden graves in a field. People walk over them without knowing the corruption they are stepping on.” 45 “Teacher,” said an expert in religious law, “you have insulted us, too, in what you just said.” 46 “Yes,” said Jesus, “what sorrow also awaits you experts in religious law! For you crush people with impossible religious demands, and you never lift a finger to ease the burden. 47 What sorrow awaits you! For you build monuments for the prophets your own ancestors killed long ago. 48 But in fact, you stand as witnesses who agree with what your ancestors did. They killed the prophets, and you join in their crime by building the monuments! 49 This is what God in his wisdom said about you: ‘I will send prophets and apostles to them, but they will kill some and persecute the others.’ 50 “As a result, this generation will be held responsible for the murder of all God’s prophets from the creation of the world— 51 from the murder of Abel to the murder of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, it will certainly be charged against this generation. 52 “What sorrow awaits you experts in religious law! For you remove the key to knowledge from the people. You don’t enter the Kingdom yourselves, and you prevent others from entering.” 53 As Jesus was leaving, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees became hostile and tried to provoke him with many questions. 54 They wanted to trap him into saying something they could use against him.
These corrupt and wicked teachers refuse to enter the Kingdom and prevent others from doing so. They create a alternate church. They refuse to let the Holy Spirit control the gathering. They continually interfere, cutting people off from the headship of Christ. They understand the transforming power of their preparations for sharing with others on Sunday, but they refuse to share the power of this transformation with their followers. This proves that they selfishy exault themselves and will be humbled!
10 Stricter Judgment for Teachers
NLT James 3;1 Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. … 13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. … 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. 17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
The harsher judgment is for those teachers that don’t live an honorable life, that are not doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom, those harboring jealousy and selfish ambition.
NLT Titus 1;15 Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure. But nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, because their minds and consciences are corrupted. 16 Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live. They are detestable and disobedient, worthless for doing anything good.
When we lose purity in our hearts, when doctrines of men pollute our beliefs, when we turn first to human wisdom and reasoning rather than seeking God, his wisdom, and his will; then we become corrupt, our testimony is corrupted, and we become detestable disobedient and useless to God. This verse is not calling us to be more tolerant. It is actually telling us to be more discerning. If we blindly accept what we see, ignoring our clear biblical call, we can become corrupt and useless to God!
Without real belief, the kind of belief that transforms us, we are worthless corrupt and can not do anything good. Many such people claim they know God, but the way they live (their disobedience) reveals their disbelief.
May God Deliver Us From our Dangerous False Teachers!