Pastor Or Reverend???
07-22-2009, 12:21 PM
RE: Pastor Or Reverend???
Today's religious structure, without trying to, has created another "layer" between man and God.
Today's emphasis is not gathering unto the Headship of Christ, but rather gathering unto MEN/A Man.
Luther broke away from the Vatican spiritually, regarding "the just shall live by faith", but unfortunately, Protestantism retained much of the physical structures introduced by Rome (Church buildings, Clergy, Pews, Lectern, etc.,)
Jesus is more the "Guest of Honor" rather than the Host in a meeting of Believers. Most times He is not even the guest of honor as just lip service is given.
The spontaneity of the Spirit is gone, because they have a program to stick to. The Pastor's program.
Most Church people are supporting the Pastor's vision and they have no vision, themselves, from God.
God does not want us to spend our lives supporting someone else's vision, He wants to give us HIS VISION.
This seems harsh, but this is reality. This is what we have created by the arm of the flesh.
We have created a system of tithing, because there is a budget that has to be met, because there are costs that have to be paid for. There is a building, lights, parking lot, salaries, etc.
Very, very few live by faith, so they have created the system of tithing in order to meet the monthly budgets. The reason that the Church is interested in numbers (nickels, noses and numbers) is because the more people they get paying 10%, the more their income increases and they can subsequently increase their budget and "do more things for God."
The Church cannot be healthy if it is only a series of meetings, where the Holy Spirit does not have free reign.
The Church started off as a fellowship where Christians were family, then it became an Institution where Christians were Parishioners and today it is an Enterprise where Christians are the laborers and the Pastor and Elders are the CEO and Board Members.
Very, very sad, when you take into account that most Believers in the religious system are living lives of quiet desperation, always trying to "perform" for the Father and knowing nothing of a love relationship with God the Father thru Jesus Christ.
This has been said before: The Church is organic not an organization. God's Church is a family not a business.
Those of you that are married and have children. Do you run your family like a business? I doubt it. There is probably a lot of spontaneity and your children are probably allowed to express themselves freely. Of course, all things must be done decently and in order (translation: Politeness and manners, considering others).
I knew a "Pastor" once that had been in the ministry for 30 years. He confessed in the pulpit one day to the entire congregation that when he first started in the ministry, he had a passion to see souls saved and then see them grow up in Christ. He said, "Today, I have become an Administrator of an organization and I don't even have any time for my wife and family."
We have created a monster. It's tentacles destroy people, the "clergy" and the "laity" (although this separation should not exist. You know what I am talking about). It is our own set of Christian laws. Any kind of law will always be merciless and drain you of your strength by putting you under condemnation because you are just never really doing enough or doing "it" right.
Worst of all, Jesus would not be welcome in today's religious system. It is foreign to Him. Christian "leaders" would not admit this, but God's own Word repudiates most of their practices as the doctrines of men nullify the Word of God. Jesus would be told to sit in the pew, be quiet and don't make waves. If He said anything at all to threaten the leader's livelihood, there would be a price to pay.
Again, they would push Him OUTSIDE the CAMP (their economic, spiritual, world), again.
Psa 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Jer 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
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