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Pastors, Platforms, and Pulpits

August 23, 2012

Greetings,

“I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned.  Keep away from them.  For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites.  By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.  Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.”  Romans 16: 17-19

The biggest and worst division in the church is the Clergy/Laity divide and anyone who promotes or serves that division is putting a huge obstacle in the way of sincere followers of Jesus.  This division calls some of us gifted Ministers and leaves the rest of us as passive listeners and pew warmers.  This divide denies every member ministry and does not allow for the Priesthood of all believers.  The body of Christ should never be divided in this or any other way.

We need to be careful around people who participate in and promote this ungodly division in the church.  Any system that separates us into different categories like Clergy/Laity, Leader/follower, speaker/listener and gifted/non-gifted should be avoided and exposed as divisive and wrong.  According to Jesus we are all just brothers and peers in the Body of Christ and no believer should ever be over and above another believer.

Our obedience to Christ in these and all matters is extremely important to the health of The Body Of Christ.  Sermons and monologues deny us of the dialogue and interaction that The Body needs in order to be healthy and well rounded under Christ.  We are supposed to be wise about every good thing, like every member ministry, and innocent concerning evil things like divisions in His church.

We are all equals and peers in the eyes of God and we should not allow mere men to rise up among us and damage our unity in Christ just because they want to dominate our gatherings and share lengthy monologues filled with smooth talk.  In Jesus we all have a message to share freely with others and we can all take turns sharing our hearts with the rest of the Body whenever we gather.  Because interactive gatherings are how we best learn from both Him and one another.  We need one another in the body of Christ.  Iron needs to sharpen iron in all of our lives and we need to honor the fact that we are ALL iron and in need of mutual sharpening.  Too many times men try to sharpen and disciple others from the pulpit like they are THE sharpening stone and everyone else is a blunt knife.  This simply is not the best way for the church to function.  All things, including discipleship, should be done in a relational and conversational manner with mutual sharing and not any sort of a top down system.  Pastors, Platforms and Pulpits do not foster relationship with one another or with Him.  Face to face, heart to heart, and eye to eye are the best ways to relate to one another and effectively BE the church; and BEING the church is a whole lot better than just GOING to one.

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

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7 Comments
  1. timbushong permalink

    Acts 10:42

    “And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.”

    That word ‘preach’ (Gk. kērussō) means to herald, proclaim, publish. Preaching is divinely decreed by God as one of the means by which God’s people hear His truth. Preaching is encouraged and commended:

    Acts 14:7: “…and there they continued to preach the gospel.”

    Acts 16:10: ‘And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

    Rom. 1:15: “So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.”

    Rom. 10:15: “And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!””

    Rom. 15:20: “…and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation”

    1Cor. 1:17: “For Christ did not send me to baptize but to preach the gospel, and not with words of eloquent wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”

    1Cor.9:16: “For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”

  2. Yes Tim, but preaching does not have to mean sermon or monologue and it does not have to come from a Pastor, Platform or Pulpit. It seems to me that interactive sharing is the way of Christ. Who was it that said, preach the gospel at all times and if neccessary use words? St. Francis perhaps?

    • "BK" Zimmer permalink

      I believe it is one of the words that have morphed in meaning along the way. We never think of “announce” or “proclaim” in our society when we hear the word preach. We equate it to the pulpit and the sermon. Martin mentioned the influence of culture earlier and this is a good example of that happening. I usually insert announce when I read ‘preach’ to bring it to a better clarity.

  3. Kirk, I have not seen your blog in a while, but as my son reminded my, “Dad have seen what Kirk has been sharing lately?”, Thank you brother for being such a voice for the Holy Spirit to use in times like these.
    Marc

  4. Thanks Mark, I appreciate the encouragement. Some folks think I am a heretic, but that might not be a bad thing. If I am a heretic in the eyes of just men and not God then I am fine with it.

  5. It was St Francis who said that Chris. I love it. The whole humility of the statement marries well with what you are saying..
    That verse (The news of your obedience)was the first one I was given when I was filled with the Spirit and knew that the Bible was true by revelation, not intellect. Interesting that in all these many decades i have never tied in the verses about the false teachers with it. But I have had a passion for exactly what you say about no divisions in the Body Of Christ all along.
    Well done!

  6. Thanks for this post, Chris!

    These words remind me of a time about 15 years ago when God put a fire in my heart for worship. At the time, I was attending a mainline Evangelical church with definite ideas about women on the platform. There were so many hoops to jump through that I joked to myself with lines like “Bring me a shrubbery” and “Bring me the broomstick of the wicked witch of the west” to make light of it when I could.

    God worked it out. God always does. But it hurt like hell at the time to be standing on the outside of the inner circle.

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