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Equal Sibling Peers, Nothing More And Nothing Less

June 30, 2015

Greetings,

Jesus said:

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.  And do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and He is in heaven.  Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’, for you have one Teacher, The Christ.  The greatest among you will be your servant.  For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”  Matthew 23: 8-12

Jesus spells it out with extreme clarity that no one should have a position or title that places them over and above other followers of Christ.  The simple fact is, that in Christ, we are all equal sibling peers and we should honor Him and one another by living and acting that way whenever we interact and share.  There should never be such a system in place that ranks some believers above other believers.  We should call no one Pastor, Teacher or Leader.  It is also true that we should not treat anyone with more respect and honor than others.  Even if we do not use titles or positions we should always remember that we are all sisters and brothers and that “favoritism is forbidden” in the Body of Christ.

Jesus made it abundantly clear that only God Himself is to be followed and revered.  We have been freely given The Holy Spirit to guide and lead us into ALL truth, and we do not need that ANY human teach us the ways of God and the Spirit.  We have all been given the anointing of the Spirit and all we need is Jesus and no other “man’s” teaching to be fully equipped for any and every good work.  (1 John 2)

HIS anointing flows through all of His followers and as peers in Christ He can speak through each one of us in turn in order to get His message out to the Body of Christ and the world.  No person should ever be elevated to a status over and above being our mutual peer in Christ. Along the way He will speak through various members of His Body and we can all learn the truth in love from one another as the Spirit leads and HE sees fit.

Any church system that uses a hierarchy and places some over and above others is antichrist. Because that system goes totally against what Jesus taught.  According to Jesus we are all equal sibling peers, sisters and brothers under only Christ and NO other including Pastor, Elder, Apostle, Reverend or Pope.  If we say we are followers of Jesus then we should really truly BE followers of Jesus alone and absolutely no one else.

Love and …..

Kirk Out !

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2 Comments
  1. daryl permalink

    Jesus’ words here,along with the words of Paul concerning the One Body are what led me to question the ways local churches “operate”.Paul wrote that the seemingly less important,private or smaller parts of the body,are actually the most necessary. I have heard many sermons where that is “used” to give nursery workers,ushers,church cleaners,a pat on the back…nauseating! Anyways, Jesus words and the life example of Paul contradicts a lot of “ministry”. Because of other passages in the New Testament,that seem to teach hierarchy..which I believe is due to mis-translation(purposeful), it is difficult and frustrating to get some to see what you are talking about.The Word of God is infallible,but no version of the bible is. When scriptures seem to contradict each other,study is necessary for God is not a liar. People do not like their “belief systems” challenged,and when something is ingrained in them,it’s hard if not impossible to “convince” them they might not be right…truly probably only something the Holy Spirit can accomplish.

  2. Ramma permalink

    This is so true Chris! For some reason people think they have to have someone between them and Christ. Some ask……”Well, who are you subject to? We all have to submit to someone.” UMMMM……….isn’t God the Creator of ALL things enough to be subject to? Isn’t He the ONE who we should be showing our allegiance to? Listening to,loving, willingly serve, follow with the Spirit’s leading, etc, etc? IF not, then why would He have said, In Matthew, “call no man Father” and in John, “I Am the Good Shepherd” ? Do we truly believe that HE is incapable of being God?

    Daryl, like yourself, I’ve was in a cult for almost 30 years, and that is the method that they use to control and manipulate their people. Yes brother it is “VERY NAUSEATING!” The leader when he wanted the “inner circle’s” support on something….he would go around the room and build them up and put pride in them and make them feel like they were more important to the church than others and make the “others” feel so unworthy. Not the WAY of Christ at all. The playing field is level for all.

    All it does is divide and separate us from God. That is the design. It’s very deceiving, because we are being ingrained, brainwashed that the ones over you are in that place of authority from God. I actually fell for this…..>My first baptism/conversion to Christ was not legitimate because it was not a “Body” church and so the minister who baptized me did not have the authority from God to do it, so I needed to be re-baptized in the “Body”. Are you serious? But I was naive, wanting to be accepted in God’s eyes, etc, etc.

    So thankful to be set free from all of that and have my feet set on solid ground. Not afraid to ask or seek out truth. God bless all here!

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