“Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. 1 Corinthians 10: 14-17
I don’t really know how to begin today, so I will just dive in head first. Wait, first I would like to report that my kidney stone passed without further difficulties. Now back to the head first dive……. The most troublesome idol in the church today is “The Ministry”. It elevates some members of the body over and above all the other members. ”The Ministry” divides us when we should all be unified. To say that some of us should be separated from and placed above other members in any sort of hierarchy just screams idolatry.
In the body of Christ we are all special and gifted. To say that some of us are more special and gifted than the rest lends itself to the development of idols in our midst. In the true body of Christ we are all equals under only Jesus. It is nothing but pure idolatry to place persons in positions of trust and authority over the rest of the body.
In the true church everyone is a minister, so the idol of “The Ministry” does not even exist. However, when the “church” is run like a business instead of a living body positions are created and slots or offices need to be filled for the organization to run smoothly. In short we create idols when we place women or men in positions of authority in the “church”.
Ministry is something that flows naturally and supernaturally from the life of a follower of Jesus. ”The Ministry” is a man-made, perhaps demonically inspired idol that ultimately divides and does great damage to those left in its wake. I know I am sharing a very difficult and harsh word, but it needs to be shared so that everyone in the church can eventually be free.
Love and …….
Kirk Out !