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Horrible And Shocking

October 12, 2014

Greetings,

“A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land: The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way.”  Jeremiah 5: 30-31

Wow!  I find it amazing how this Old Testament passage just pegs most of the modern Traditional/Institutional “church”.  Much of what is being taught and “prophesied” in the “church” at large these days falls way short of being the truth in love.  Nowadays we see “The Purpose Driven Life” being lauded as the way to go;  instead of the Spirit led life.  We see the extremes of works righteousness and total, ultimate grace being presented as the truth with very little balance to be found.  As always the three fold mantra of “Go to church, pay your tithe, and read your bible” seems to reign supreme.  Along with “submit” to the Pastor’s authority.  Reading the bible can be an extremely productive thing except when they say it must be read always and solely through the lens of proper “church” leadership and doctrine.  To them the top down hierarchy of leadership must always be preserved and by doing so they cripple the Body of Christ.   They teach primarily the things that lead only to being in bondage to the modern “church” system of doing things.  Sure there may be some exceptions, but on the whole many lies are being shared and propagated in the “church” today.

Priests, Pastor’s and others who rule by their own authority are holding the Body Of Christ back in numerous ways.  Ruling is a major problem in the “church” today.  Because in the New Testament those who God calls to help lead the church are supposed to do so by serving and NOT by ruling.  And they should serve only by HIS authority and NOT their own.  The only chain of command found in the New Testament is that JESUS is the ONLY King, Ruler and Head of His Church and we all follow Him.  True servants serve in the Body of Christ and we should only follow them as they follow Christ.  I will not follow a human Leader, but I will follow the Christ I find in other sisters and brothers in the Lord as they go about following Him.

Does God ever get sad?  I know that Jesus wept and was a man of many sorrows.  I think it is very sad that God’s people love that prophets prophesy lies and that Leaders are doing so by their own authority.  How dysfunctional is that?  A church that fosters co-dependency on it’s human Leaders instead of full and total dependency on Christ and Christ alone; is a very unhealthy church indeed.  I often weep for the Church and pray that it shall one day return to Jesus who is it’s first and only true love.  Don’t settle for human substitutes!  Claim only Jesus as your King and follow only Him first and foremost.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

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5 Comments
  1. Janet permalink

    Amen! I really support what you say about not following a human leader but Christ in those who serve Him

  2. "BK" permalink

    Loved this, a hearty amen! Reminds me of when I ‘co-pastored’ a work while still in that realm. The ‘other pastor’ came to me angrily and said of a group of the kids from the streets that came, “So and so said you told them they don’t have to obey us unless they see Christ! If they don’t believe it to be Him, they don’t have to listen!” My response was, “Of course that’s true! If they do what we say and don’t believe it to be true they are living a LIE! They only submit to Christ as they see Him, not to US!” Yeah…..he soon parted ways from me, but I later learned it was only to free me to walk on in Christ. Great post, Chris. Love, “BK”

  3. Ramma permalink

    This type of leadership leads to so much disillusionment and misconceptions about life. We witnessed many young men and women as they reached adulthood had no idea how to go forward with their life unless they first consulted the “pastor” about everything. They were unstable, afraid to leave home and stand on their own two feet. One young man who had schooled to become a pilot, gave up his dream because it would keep him out of church and he may get too entangled with the world. Can you believe that? Those are rulers who are self seeking and have there own agenda instead of God’s on there mind. “BK” I really like the way that you explained to the kids that if they don’t see Christ then don’t listen. What simple, powerful way to teach someone to listen to the Spirit’s direction in their heart. I’m going to borrow that one! Blessings all!

  4. It is not only in the Church, and all have free choice to see, truth over any error from anyone
    Anyone wanting the preeminence, is akin to the deeds of the Nicolaitans, Jezebel, Baalack, anyone with selfish desires to gain for themselves, even if it seems for God, when it is not.
    Only one to trust in, Father through Son. Be wise of the serpents all around, here in this world, aware of, and trust God to show their hand in deceit
    Love you all, Matt. 10:16-20

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