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 come 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 ranking titles are given to church clergy for control.
The fact is that the apostles nor anyone else among the early ekklesia were given authority like that of king or ruler anywhere in the New Testament except for Christ who has been given authority from his Father to be the Head over all believers.
In the past, the god of the Roman Empire was an Emperor who was the highest of a chain of command who had control over 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 near the bottom. However, they directly ruled over a religious community of people. The 'Priest' was the person who collected the tithes of the membership based on the obligation of the mandates that were given to him by his superiors and the 'Pope' was considered the mouthpiece of 'God Himself.'
The Roman Church was very powerful politically and had control over armies that fought wars. They were involved in the political affairs of kings and their kingdoms. The Pope was of the highest rank who ruled very much like that of the authority of a king or a god. His 'Priests' were his local representatives who controlled his minions by subjugating them to the rule of the institutional church hierarchy through indoctrination and loyalty to the system.
Today, the manifestation is really no different as man-made church doctrine attempts to use the way of Christ as a vehicle for man's rule. Indoctrination is used a powerful tool to control, influence and monitor the people that come under her rule.
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 their brand of religious 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 having a 'God given right' will become absurd once the mistranslated English words like submit, rule, under, subject and obey are looked at under scrutiny to the intended meaning from the Greek language. These authoritarian words have been planted into the English translations of the Bible on purpose. This means that certain words in Scripture were deliberately mistranslated to give religious elite a way to attain and justify their sovereign rule and authority over you.
The modern church Pastor today is really no different than the power of the Pope all the way down the chain of command to the 'Priest' with the many different functions and entitlements of these resident hirelings. The Pope likes to talk of 'peace, friendship and solidarity to the world,' yet his words ultimately mean the opposite because his world is full of hierarchal rankings that use the mistranslated words found in Scripture as the justification for their supposed 'God given authority.'
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 man-made traditions. The same religious agenda of the past is still playing out right in front of our eyes today. Indoctrination and deception leads to spiritual blindness and the symptoms have a very powerful effect on what people can see or cannot see.
Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will have schotoma and our field of vision will take us off the narrow way.
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 following 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 authoritarian whims of the likes of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, Pilate, Hitler, Idi Amin, etc. We don't have to follow or concede to these types. Sometimes God uses tyrants to test our faith and our walk of obedience before Him.
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 align 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 now our High Priest. Most would agree with this statement; however, in their actions and behaviours he is not in control of their lives, nor is he their Head in all things.
Because they partake of the harlot institutional church system that compromises the way of Christ with human traditions.
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 the 'king of Salem.' What is interesting is that the word, 'salem' [שלם] in Hebrew means 'peace.' Even Jeru-salem has the word 'peace' 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 as ruler of Jeru-salem or as the 'king of peace.' As we move further through Scripture, it becomes clearer the role of the Levitical High Priest had various functions and requirements set forth by God. They made offerings to atone for the sins of the people. The High Priest ministered in the tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem with the authority that came from God.
Of the twelve tribes of Israel, the ministry of the High Priest came from the Levites. The other eleven tribes worked to bring their tithes and offerings to be utilized by them as part of the ceremonial Law.
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.'
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
Today, those who have given themselves elite religious titles in the institutional church system present themselves as a butchered form of the function of the High Priest in the Old Testament. They attempt to mimic the things that were fulfilled through Christ under the Mosaic Law.
In similar manner, religious people repeatedly meet in the Temples they have constructed for themselves with an elevated altar within it. The ordained minister called 'Pastor' within his named sanctuary has built his own 'house of God' on the foundation the monetary tithes and offerings he receives from his congregation. They come in on an ongoing ritualistic basis to give their mandated amounts to him.
It could even be said today that what is called 'Pastor' has been given even greater authority than the High Priests in the Old Testament because it is perpetually ongoing with many more benefits and perks that goes far beyond the role of the High Priest.
The harlot institutional church system today is built upon the counterfeit roles of the religious elite. However, those who truly follow the way of Christ function as a brethren of equals. Everyone has the opportunity to utilize their gifts to teach, pray, prophesy, etc, as ministers of Christ any time, any place and anywhere. The way of Christ is not to meet in a ritualistic cookie-cutter manner, but to go out and preach the genuine Gospel as this was the highest call. The 'called out ones' do not focus on maintaining a denominational building and supporting a stationary authoritarian figure with monetary tithes and offerings who makes a living off of their backs.
What many are too blind to see is that the office of 'Pastor' is some sort of butchered version of a role of the High Priest among a priesthood that no longer exists. The indoctrinated support a person who has attempted to usurp the position of High Priest that belongs exclusively to Christ alone. Christ is both the offering and High Priest, yet the institutional church system in practice supports a 'Pastor' who stands in a temple built with man’s hands in an attempt to mimic the authority and function of a ‘High Priest.’
Yet, since Christ is our High Priest today, the role of 'Pastor' is a counterfeit of the authority of Christ. Also, what is called 'church' is the counterfeit of the temples of the Holy Spirit that are not built with man's hands. Christ has been given authority from his Father to make offerings on our behalf. He is our eternal High Priest, the Prince of Peace, our King, Head and Ruler. There is absolutely no need to set up a person on earth as our supposed 'High Priest.' Anyone who attempts to do so is an antichrist.
Unfortunately, one day many will stand before Christ and realize the dire consequences of their error for following after a counterfeit 'High Priest' or being one themselves.
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 about having authority over other believers, but pointing to Christ who has been given all authority over all believers.
Why would you partake of a man-made religion that wants to sew back up the veil that has been rent?
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 we we need these other supposed 'High Priests' besides Christ?
For those who were once part of the harlot church system there was the 'rule' that only the select or the specially chosen could teach the word of God. It was the same old same old where teaching was mostly given to those on a payroll. This notion is a long standing tradition, but an important question needs to be asked.
Let's let Scripture do the asking.
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 is evidence that the church system desires to bilk you of any gifts God has given you to the ones who want to have control over you. If one was to study Scripture without the lenses of their brand of church indoctrination and understood the principles of the Kingdom of God that was communicated through Christ, it would reveal a completely different way of doing things.
We all have been given a gift(s) to minister that we can operate in. 'All' means everyone who follows the way of Christ. It is only those who are in bondage to the ways spiritual Babylon who desire to oppress your freedom in Christ and will tell you otherwise. Our gifts from God are a blessing and are meant to be used. It is only those who are on the religious wide road who will try to make you believe your gift is a 'curse.'
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 denominational church system. The clergy like to designate people into certain groups who are 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 (gifts are based on their approval only) by default are simply classified as passive pew warmers or sheeple who are choked out from using their God given gifts.
In contrast, those among the ekklesia are no respecter of persons. They do not designate others into separate classes of people who under a chain of command.
The Dark Ages are over for those who follow Christ. We are called to come out of the darkness into the light. Let's behave and act as if we have.
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 institutional church system does not have a monopoly on God and His Son as most believe.
We are not the possessions of the institutional system and her doctrines.
Because the Spirit of God is inside of us and He speaks through the children of God. We are all called to minister with the gifts we have been given to bring the Gospel to this world. Remember, we are the ekklesia, the 'called out ones.' It is about working in love and helping each other out so we in turn can point others to the Father through Christ.
We must throw off the baggage of church tradition; otherwise, we will remain blind in oppressive darkness.
Ministry is service to others, it is not about pointing to a man-made temples and the salaried 'High Priests' who are at the helm.
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 institutional church system is that the 'Pastor' supposedly 'serves' by teaching the word to his congregation.
Is this really a service if you believe you have a right to take monetary from others before you will do anything. Salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron.
The mantra is,
'We cannot do God’s work without your tithes.'
Any genuine believer knows that they have access to all the resources that come from our Father. All we have to do is walk in faith and obedience and He will provide for our need. He already knows what we need just as He supplied for all the needs of His Son when he walked the earth. If you need money before you can preach the Gospel then money is your god.
Many like to say that you need to come under their 'Pastoral authority' and only they are allowed to teach. What they are really doing is a poor attempt to mirror the role of the High Priest of the Old Testament. A reading of Hebrews does away with this notion as only Christ has been given the authority as our High Priest today.
Also, 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. He was not a Levite and the apostles were not either.
Christ was among those who partook of the defiled Temple system and taught things that the Priests detested because they 'sat in the seat of Moses.' The religious leaders did not like Christ hacking away at their 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. This is why today most people want religious men to be their Head instead of Christ.
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 system that wants to practice a butchered version of something that was fulfilled by God through Christ a long time ago?
To walk in the way of Christ requires walking along a different path that does not follow Priests and Rulers who believe they have a God given right to rule, control and teach you.
Even under the Mosaic Law, 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 the man-made traditions that are meant to blind us. Every believer has a gift and we are all 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 you if haven'y yet.
Are you ready to be a servant 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 and feed those who are hungry for truth.
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 someone with the title of 'Pastor' who has been mandated to exclusively teach God’s word over you. Unfortunately, this is what many believe what 'being fed' means. However, this idea did not come from Christ.
The man-driven idea of 'being fed' in the church system the equivalent to being put in a chicken coop. The hirelings cast 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 to be being locked up in 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 being a Good Shepherd is like a door or a gate where the sheep are led to release to find good pasture for growth and maturity. It is not about being corralled to consume religious fodder from troughs.
Following the Good Shepherd will bring release to all those who follow him.
“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 will still stay 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 and washed and because of his obedience 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 being an apostle.
In likewise manner, when we are released from our spiritual blindness and darkness into the light, we let Christ be our Shepherd. He not only brings healing in our lives, but also releases us in anointing of our gifts. The moment this happens, you will be rejected by those within the institutional church system because you have allowed Christ to be your Head. When you reject a religious antichrist who has usurped the role of Christ as his own, his minions will take notice. It would be similar to the Pharisees who rejected the ministry of the blind man after Christ healed him.
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 strangers, hired hands, wolves, thieves, robbers and those who claim to have the fulfilled roles of men from the Old Testament.
A good pastor (piomen) will always release others in their gifts to witness the Gospel to the world to bring glory to the Father through His Son by what he has done. The modern Pastor will always direct you to the 'chicken coop' or the 'pig pen' to be fed by him to bring glory to his own personal ministry and religious corral he resides in.
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 point others to become disciples of Christ, not make disciples of yourself or other people.
'Feeding the flock' means 'release.' 'Feeding sheep' is serving, encouraging and leading others into the ministry Christ appoints to you.
We need those who pastor (poimen), but not a title who calls himself Pastor. 'Pastor' is not a noun, but a verb.
The counterfeit roles of the religious elite will put you into bondage, but Christ is here to set you free.
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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