The Counterfeit Roles of the Religious Elite
A Roman centurion in the book of Luke is the only person in the New Testament who makes the statement that he is, "set under authority."
For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. - Luke 7:8
We should note also that Christ was also "set under the authority" of his Father, but that's where the hierarchy ends. It is through Christ that we are “the called out ones” who are freely released to be directly under God’s authority. When Christ rose from the dead, he became the Head of the ekklesia as the direct leader over all of God's children.
Chain of Command
However, the concept of a chain of command, or the roles of the religious elite practiced in the harlot church system today is simply a notion of indoctrination where special titles are given to them for control.
The fact is that the apostles, nor anyone else were given the title of king or ruler anywhere to be over the people in the New Testament except for Christ who is the Head over all believers.
In the past, the god of the Roman Empire was the Emperor where there was a chain of command with many different rankings of authority.
In similar manner, the Roman Church system ran on a similar pattern. On the lower rungs of the ladder, the title of Priest was considered at the bottom in the chain of command. Yet, he directly ruled over community of people. He was the person who collected the tithes based on the obligation of the mandates that were given to him by his superiors.
The Roman Church was very powerful politically, had armies and fought wars. They were involved in the affairs of kings and the kingdoms. The Pope was of the highest rank who ruled very much like a king. His Priests were his local representatives who controlled the sheeple by subjugating them to the rule of church hierarchy, indoctrination and loyalty to the system.
Today, the manifestation is really no different as church doctrine attempt to use the way of Christ as a vehicle for man's rule. This can be defined as the harlot church system where indoctrination is a powerful tool to control, influence and monitor their people.
And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves. For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. - Luke 22:25-28
Today, we should not act like we are still in the Dark Ages. We are able to read, write and study Scripture for ourselves independent of those who want to exercise authority over us. There is no need for selfish and despotic religious rulers who want to bilk you of your time, money and energy so they can live in entitled extravagance off your backs. The notion of having biblical authority, leadership and rule under the supposed notion of a “God given right” is laughable once the words like submit, rule, under, subject and obey are looked at under scrutiny to the original Greek language. These authoritarian words need to be, and can be thrown out. It is really up to you.
Some words in Scripture were deliberately “translated” to give religious hirelings a way to attain sovereign rule and authority over you.
The modern Pastor today is really no different than the hierarchy of the Pope all the way down the rungs to the Priest with the many different functions and entitlements of the resident hirelings. They talk of, “peace, friendship and solidarity to the world,” yet these words ultimately mean the opposite, or have an devious agenda behind them, just like the hierarchal words that were inserted into Scripture.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! - Isaiah 5:20
We can no longer remain ignorant by carrying on with human tradition. The same agenda back then is still happening right in front of our eyes today. Indoctrination is blindness and is very powerful to limit what someone can see, or cannot see.
Without the filter of the Holy Spirit, we will have schotoma and not be able to see the wide road for what it is.
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” - John 9:39
Of course there are those who will always appeal to this verse,
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. - Romans 13:1
It is true that God has ordained all authority, but this verse is not an absolute. All authority does not need to be obeyed. Although God has instituted someone, it does not mean that we have to bow down to the whims of the likes of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, Pilate, Hitler, Idi Amin, etc. These types can test our faith and our walk of obedience before God.
For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. -- Deuteronomy 13:3
Will we “save our lives” and submit to the ruling authority, or will we say with Peter and the apostles,
“We must obey God rather than men." - Acts 5:29
Whose authority are you under?
The High Priest
Scripture states that Christ is the High Priest of the new covenant. Most people would agree with this statement; however, in their behaviours Christ is not in control of their lives, nor is he the Head of all things.
Why? Because they partake of the harlot church system that compromises the way of Christ with man's doctrines.
All the way back in the book of Genesis, we can see the first mentioned role of the High Priest of God, Melchizedek.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (He was priest of God Most High.) - Genesis 14:18
We see in this verse that he was given authority as “king of Salem.” What is interesting is that the word, salem [שלם] in Hebrew means peace. Even Jeru-salem has the word attached to its name.
His abode has been established in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion. - Psalm 76:2
From Scripture, we can see that the High Priest had authority over others who was a ruler of Jeru-salem, or king of peace. As we move further through Scripture, it becomes clearer the role of the Levitical High Priest who had various functions and requirements set forth by God to make offerings to atone for the sins on behalf of the people. The High Priest ministered in the tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem with given authority from God over Israel.
Of the twelve tribes of Israel, the ministry of the High Priest came from the Levitical tribe. The other eleven tribes worked to bring in the tithes and offerings as part of the ceremonial Law. Blood offerings and crops were offered by them on the people’s behalf into the presence of God to atone for their sins.
These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. - Hebrews 9:6-7
The Levitical High Priest ruled in the temple in Jerusalem who ministered upon the altar in the sanctuary, or “the house of God.” Offerings were done continually as rituals over and over again to forgive sin.
By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation....
But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more...
will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. - Hebrews 9:8-14
It should be quite obvious by now that the function of the High Priest seems also quite familiar by the behaviours of ecclesiastical men within the harlot church system as they attempt to mimic the same traditional practices of those who were under the Old Testament covenant.
Today, people repeatedly meet at their temples where they have built their elevated altars. The ordained minister called Pastor exclusively ministers in the sanctuary and builds his own house of God from the support of the tithes and offerings from the congregation. They come in on a continual basis as ongoing payment.
It could even be said that the Pastor has been given greater authority than the High Priests in the Old Testament because the modern pastoral ministry is perpetually ongoing being centred around the “Sabbath Day” they call Sunday. Often, the office of the Pastor is a lifetime ministry that comes with many benefits and perks that go far beyond the High Priests of the old covenant.
The harlot church system today is built upon the fulfilled foundations of the old covenant; however, the New Testament ekklesia function under the new covenant as a brethren of equals where everyone has the opportunity to utilize their gifts to teach, pray, prophesy, etc as ministers any time any place and anywhere. Their purpose is not to meet in a ritualistic cookie-cutter manner, but to go out and preach the Gospel as this was the highest call. The “called out ones” do not focus on maintaining a building and supporting an authoritarian figure with tithes and offerings who has a static position living off the backs of the people.
What many are too blind to see today is that the office of the Pastor is very similar to the title of High Priest of the priesthood that no longer exists. If this is the case, then the people support a person who has attempted to usurp the position of High Priest that belongs to Christ alone. Christ is both the offering and High Priest, yet the harlot church system in practice supports a Pastor who stands in a temple built with man’s hands who mimics the authority and function of the High Priest.
The modern Pastor is a counterfeit of the High Priest, and what is called Church is the counterfeit of the temples of the Holy Spirit. Christ has been given authority from his Father to make offerings on our behalf. He became the perfect unblemished sacrifice as payment for our sins. He is the High Priest, Prince of Peace, our King, Head and Ruler. There is absolutely no need to set up a person on earth as High Priest. Unfortunately, one day many will stand before Christ and realize the dire consequences of their error of following after a counterfeit High Priest.
The function of the Temple has been redefined upon the veil being rent. The sanctuary, or temple is no longer a physical structure, or building because all true believers have become temples of the Holy Spirit.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. - 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
We are all a priesthood of believers who are not in hierarchical delegated positions of authority, but have been granted by God through Christ for all to function as equals.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. - 1 Peter 2:9
The result of the veil being rent is that ministry is not having authority over other believers.
Why would you partake of a man-made religion that wants to sew the veil back up?
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you.Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves?Is it not the one who reclines at table?But I am among you as the one who serves. - Luke 22:24-27
So the question is,
Why do we need other High Priests besides Christ?
For those who were once part of the harlot church system there was the “rule” that only the select, or chosen could teach the word of God. For many, it was the same old same old where teaching was mostly given to one man. Of course, there was always the guest speaker, but that person still needed to be approved by the Pastor.
This notion is a long standing tradition within the church system where the Pastor teaches and feeds the flock, but we have to ask the question,
What then, brothers? When you come together, each one has a hymn, a lesson, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up. - 1 Corinthians 14:26
The harlot church system will bring blindness and bilk you of any potential in the gifts God has given you. However, if one was to study Scripture without the lens of indoctrination, or someone controlling what you are to study, your eyes will be opened to the Kingdom of God with the help of the Holy Spirit.
In fact, to find out that any believer can teach would seem radical to the church member and their hirelings.
You see, each one of us has a gift of ministry that we can strive to operate in. If we cannot grasp this, it is because we have allowed the bondage of spiritual Babylon to oppress our freedom that we have in Christ. Our gifts are a blessing and do not let anyone tell you that you can not walk in faith and use them for the Gospel.
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. - Hebrews 5:12-14
Let this verse sink in for a minute because the writer of Hebrews was reprimanding the ekklesia because not all were ministering and serving God. This same problem is happening in the church system today. The clergy like to designate people into certain groups segregated into different classes of people. This is the reason they like to have special titles of distinction to elevate themselves over others. Those that do not have one by default are simply the passive pew warmers who are choked out from using their gifts.
In contrast, those among the ekklesia are no respecter of persons who do not designate others into separate classes where only some have exclusive rights to teach.
The strict tradition of the harlot church system demands these controlling ideas that originate from the Dark Ages.
So, let’s come out of the darkness into the light.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. - 1 Peter 2:9
The New Testament gives anyone the right to teach each other.
Why? because the Spirit of God is inside of us and He speaks through the children of God. We are all called to minister with our gifts and bring the Gospel to this world. Remember, we are the ekklesia, the “called out ones.” When we come together, we all can take turns by working in love and helping each other out, so we in turn can help others in the world as well.
We must throw off the baggage of church tradition, or we will remain blind in oppressive darkness, just as those in the Dark Ages.
Ministry is service to others, it is not passively sitting mutely in a pew listening to the one man show.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant - Matthew 20:25-26
For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves. - Luke 22:27
The long-standing rule in the harlot church system is that the Pastor “serves” by teaching the word to the congregation.
Is this really a service if you demand money before you will do anything. Salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron. The epitome of the church system is their insatiable hunger for the monetary as, “We cannot do God’s work without your tithes,” but this is all about coercion and control tactics.
Any genuine believer knows that they have access to all the resources that come from our Father as part of the Kingdom of God. All we have to do is walk in faith and obedience and He will provide for whatever we need. He already knows, just as He supplied for the needs of His Son when he walked the earth. If you need money before you can teach the Gospel, then money is your god.
Supposed "Pastoral authority" is based on the abolished Levitical priesthood. Delegated authority and offering collection is an obsolete practice. When a modern day minister has authority over a congregation, it essentially attempts to mirror the role of the High Priest of the Old Testament. A reading of Hebrews does away with this notion as only Christ is our High Priest today.
What you may find interesting is that the Priest of the Temple did not have the exclusive right to teach. We should know this because Christ taught at the Temple and among the synagogues and he was not a Levite. The apostles were not either.
Christ went into the defiled Temple and taught things that the Priests detested because they “sat in the seat of Moses.” The religious leaders who were the old covenant rulers did not like Christ hacking at their hierarchal elevated platforms. The genuine Gospel was hated by the religious back then and it is still hated today by those who want to be in control, rather than allowing Christ to be the Head.
And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. - Acts 6:7
Are we being “obedient to the faith” by not partaking of man-made religion that wants to practice something that was abolished by God through Christ a long time ago?
To walk in the way of Christ will require walking along a different path that does not follow Priests and Rulers who believe they have a God given right to rule and control you.
Even with the old covenant, there was no rule of exclusivity with regard to teaching.They knew that God could raise a prophet from any of the tribes of Israel. Most prophets were not Levites and they had to listen, even though they may have disagreed with them.
We need to come out of our blind traditions. Every believer has a gift and they are free to use them to the glory of God. It is time to step out in faith and walk in the calling that God has for each and everyone of us.
Are you ready to serve as a citizen of the Kingdom of God?
Let’s encourage each another among equals. Let us be skilled servants and practicing examples of the word of righteousness, just as Christ was.
What do we believe "feed the flock," or "feed my sheep" means?
Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. - 1 Peter 5:2
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the ekklesia of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. - Acts 20:28
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “feed my sheep - John 21:17
Most people have this notion that “being fed” means going to Sunday church services to be under the authority of the Senior Pastor who has the mandated rule to teach God’s word over you. Unfortunately, this is what many believe that “being fed” is; however, this idea does not come from Christ.
The man-driven idea of “being fed” is the equivalent to being put in a chicken coop. The hireling casts seeds into the trough (pews) while you are to consume what is being fed to you in a holding pen.
If you will notice in Scripture, it states that we are not chickens, but sheep. Sheep are not fed in coops, but are sent through a gate out into the fields. “Being fed” is not about being corralled into holding pen, being locked up where seed and scraps are thrown at us. The sheep are set free by being released through a gate out into a field to find their own nourishment.
Sheep are not to be held, but released.
Christ described what "feeding the sheep" meant and who is the good shepherd [poimen - 4166].
The act of bing a good shepherd is like a door, or a gate where the sheep are led to release to find pasture for growth and maturity. It is not about being corralled in a coop, or a pen consuming religious fodder from troughs.
Following a good shepherd will bring release to those that follow.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”
This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd.
He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” - John 10:1-18
Many read these words of Christ, but are blind in their indoctrination.
This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. - John 10:6
In John 9, Christ anointed the eyes of a man who was blind from birth with mud. He then said,
“Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent) - John 9:7
The blind man was obedient and went to the pool, washed and he was miraculously healed. The story does not end there, and this is where the story becomes even more interesting.
From the above verse, we can see that siloam means, “sent.” Also, one who is sent by Christ means, apostle [apostolos - 652]. Christ not only brought healing into this man’s life, but also released him into the anointing of apostleship.
You see, today when we are released from our spiritual blindness when we let Christ be our Shepherd, he not only brings healing in our lives, but also releases us in anointing in our gifts. The moment this happens, you will be rejected by those within the harlot church system because you have allowed Christ to shed the baggage of the harlot system from you. People will take notice, just like the Pharisees who rejected the ministry of the blind man after he was healed.
He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” And they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. - John 9:27-28
We can see a startling parallel happening today where millions have rejected the Good Shepherd to become disciples of a stranger, hired hands, wolves, thieves and robbers.
A good pastor (piomen) will always point others to their ministry by releasing them to witness the Gospel to the world. The modern Pastor will always direct you to the chicken coop, or the pig pen. You will be given food of his own making within the confines of a building that has been made to keep you in.
Are you acting as a gate to lead others to witness the Gospel out to the world?
The ministry of Christ and the apostles was meant to go out into the world.
Are you being held under the authority of hired hands?
Scripture is consistent.
Christ was consistent.
He defined what ministry is.
But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” - Matthew 20:25-28
The ministry of the ekklesia, “the called out ones” are meant to be a service toward others. This is a Kingdom principle. Anointing is about being released to serve and lead others to in their ministry.
"Feeding the flock" means release. "Feeding sheep" is serving, encouraging and leading others to their ministry. Christ set the precedent.
We need pastors (poimen), but not what the world sees as a Pastor, but what Christ called us to be. Pastor is not a noun, but a verb.
The harlot church system has sure made a mess of things.
Let us point others to freedom.
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues - Revelation 18:4
Are you in bondage to a chain of command in the church system?
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