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“THE MINISTRY”

November 12, 2015

Greetings,

“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 and hope I don’t hit a jagged rock.  The most troublesome and overbearing 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 of the Body of Christ in any sort of human hierarchy just screams idolatry.  That’s right all Pastor/pewsitter, Clergy/laity, and Gifted/regular divisions promote idolatry and destroy true unity and our oneness in Christ.

In the Body of Christ we are ALL special, gifted and have utterly important messages to share in fellowship together.  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 equal sibling peers under only Christ Jesus.  It is nothing but pure idolatry to place persons in positions of trust, power and authority over the rest of the Body of Christ.

In the true church everyone is a minister and NOT just the Pastor or the “Worship Leader”, so the idol of “THE MINISTRY” does not even exist. However, when the “church” is run like a carnal business instead of a Spiritual living organic 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”.  Because in Christ’s Church there are absolutely no “man” held positions of authority and power, but rather roles of service and servanthood.

Ministry is something that just flows naturally and supernaturally from the life of any 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 set free from the oppression and bondage of the false “church” system and “man” appointed mini-Popes who wrongly preside over congregations Christ Himself should be overseeing and leading.

Love and …….

Kirk Out !

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4 Comments
  1. Yup! Like Jesus said, “But you be not called Rabbi: for one is your Teacher, even Christ; and all you are brothers.” Any division between the brethren is an affront to the gospel of Christ And HE prayed, “Father that they might be one, even as we are one, I in you and you in me, that they might be ONE in us, that the world might know that you have sent me.”

  2. I like your thoughts, Chris. The more I go on this Christian journey, the more I am concluding that “mutual encouragement” is a great litmus test for Christians gathering together. Is the initial taste of “mutual encouragement”? Then good. Is the aftertaste after the gathering also of “mutual encouragement”? Then good. If either of these is missing, then most likely something else is going on that is not good. Jesus said that the people of the world like to lord it over each other – which is definitely a “mutual” killer. So, I’m starting to like Hebrews 3 and Hebrews 10 all the more in terms of how they point to daily mutual encouragement as so important against the deceitfulness of sin. And “mutual” also seems so key for growing in agape relationships with Jesus and each other. It seems to me, that if people start with a “leadership” focus, then they never get to mutual.

  3. Angela Dutcher permalink

    I don’t really know if I agree or disagree with what u wrote….I need to ponder on what u wrote. But thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  4. Chad permalink

    Thanks Chris, the uses of the terms “the ministry” or “my ministry” has rubbed be the wrong way in recent years. My belief is we don’t have a ministry, we have a life. I don’t see the need to divide our lives into sections and label one as “ministry.” I understand that the work ministry is in the Scripture, but I don’t think the way Christians use it today is the way it is meant to be. I guess Christians just like to make divisions 😦

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