I have been thinking a lot lately about the Government of God in this ERA of God’s Church.
Many of us have for one reason or another been forced to go off on our own without an ordained minister. In Philadelphia where there was only one Church Group, essentially, that would have been wrong.
But what about today in the Church of the Laodiceans, as the bible describes the church landscape of today(Rev. 3:14). Multiple Church Groups none of them apparently agreeing with the other enough to come together.
Where exactly is the Government of God in this confused matrix of Church Groups each clamoring for the attention of the scattered body of Christ.
Some ministers will say that if you are not under the “authority” of an ordained minister then you are outside of the body of Christ or at least you are in great danger of coming to that condition.
It is clear from many verses of scripture that the Body of Christ in this ERA has been scattered. Many of the ministers themselves have been put out of the organizations where they started after leaving the WCG. Or they left for their own reasons to start their own organization.
So if you find yourself in disagreement with one of these Church Group / Organizations and have to leave does that make you at odds with God and Christ?
Just where is the Government of God in today’s Church ERA? Many say that if we do not place ourselves under the authority(rulership) of an Ordained minister we are denying Christ. I find that accusation repugnant myself. Nor do I think it is accurate.
Obviously God thinks that there are times and situations where we should be taken from the ministry, where He will take us away Himself.
Eze 34:7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
Eze 34:8As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
Eze 34:9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
Eze 34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
It would seem to me that the ministry in this ERA is as blind as the people they shepherd.
So again I ask where is the Government of God. Brethren Christ is still in charge and His laws still govern this Body of Believers no matter where we find ourselves.
In this Laodicean Landscape Christ is our Apostle and leader and His laws are what govern our actions not the ruling dictates of a man made government trying and failing to mimic the Kingdom of God on earth.
Having said all that I do believe that God’s Government is hierarchical in nature. But from the way I see it abused today I cannot find God’s Government in a single place. Rather I see Christ reacting with each of us as individuals.
Rev 3:20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
I just do not see the Government of God in operation without a real Apostle at the helm. Nor do I see it allowed with all of the division rampant in the Church Groups.
God is working with each of us as individuals in this ERA of the Church we are working out our own salvation and he is right there knocking on our doors to help.
I am not saying that we should not gather together under the leadership of a good sound minister. But if the circumstances do not allow for that then I do not feel that we are cutting ourselves off from God and Christ by doing things on our own.
Even in this effort and on this website, while I am not affiliated with any particular church group I still call on ministers whom I trust and have faith in for counsel and direction. It is just that the work I feel I am called to do REQUIRES that I am not affiliated with any group.
Would love to hear what you folks think about my reasonings or rantings as however you see them <GRIN>