Will You Please Listen?
You know what I hate? I hate the first two questions people always ask you when they find out that you are a believer of some sort. The first question is always, “Where do you go to Church?”, and the second question is always “Who is your Pastor/Leader?” I hate the questions even though I have pretty good answers. My answer to question one is “I don’t go to Church because it is impossible to go to what you are. Because the Church is the people not the building or location. You might go to the place the church gathers, but you cannot go to Church. Read my T-shirt? Don’t Go To Church….BE The Church!” The answer to the second question is even easier…”I follow Jesus, because Jesus is the only true Leader in the Church!” Most people agree with me when I spell it out that way, and the few that don’t get it just walk away.
I was in the grocery store last year and a lady who worked with me at our local Pregnancy Helpline asked me if our home fellowship was doing “The 50 day Spiritual Adventure?” I said “No, we are all about the 365 days a year adventure” We laughed, but I think I made my point, and yes she still talks with me and remains a friend.
I say all that to ask this one very important question…… Does a true follower of Jesus really NEED a Pastor/Teacher/Leader? Seriously, think about that before you answer too quickly? Because 1 John 2: 27 says this:
“As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in Him.”
In context this passage is warning about antichrists and false teaching, but verse 27 is rock solid clear to me: Jesus gave us His anointing and His anointing teaches us all things without the need of a human teacher. The traditional church manages to tap dance all around this message, but there it is clear as day. But doesn’t the Bible talk about apostles, prophets, evangelists and pastor/teachers? Sure it does in a few places, but these giftings never replace His anointing and direct revelation. If anything they are meant for confirmation of His anointing. The real antichrist and false teaching is that you NEED these people OVER you and that you should trust them over and above His anointing.
“So Captain are you telling me that I can hear directly from God for myself?” The answer is YES, absolutely! So you better start listening to Him instead of traditional church doctrine and its teachers. It may take awhile to develop a listening ear and heart, but I guarantee that His anointing is real. You want to learn about Jesus? Then just start hanging around other Christ followers who have and use His anointing. Share what you think you are hearing from Jesus and your peers can help you determine what is of Him and what is not. Do not be afraid of being wrong because that is how we best learn. “My sheep hear My voice and obey.” said Jesus. So listen, share and then listen and share some more!
Kirk Out !
p.s. I am not saying that we don’t need each other in the Body of Christ. What I am saying is that everyone in the Body is special and anointed and not just a select few. I have been taught much by His anointing via and through other saints, both living and long dead. I even read the occasional book other than the bible, but when I turn to others I am still really listening for Him, His voice, His message and His anointing in and through them.