male elder such as the ‘higher ranking’ pastor, and if he is not ‘high’ enough, a ‘bishop’ or whoever they can find that outranks him.
This sounds as if God gave His Scriptural elderly, all on equal footing, permission to ‘ascend’ in steps of authority and importance in the Kingdom of Christ — and this is the reason why the deceived clergy of all churches believe ‘a human high priest’ of some kind must rule over them as they rule over the ‘church.’
Instead, they, as all believers, should submit to one another in everything Scripturally true and in the leading of the Holy Spirit!
So, the real leader in their ‘meetings’ should be God Himself.
Why then, are they looking to mere humans to lead them when they should look to God Himself to lead them?
Where, may I ask, are they taking their ‘churches?’
Well, unless their church members seek and find the truth of God’s Word, and obey His Moral Law of Love, these self-appointed hierarchy of rulers are taking their followers all to hell with them, of course. If God did not spare Adam and Eve because they submitted to DECEPTION after they disobeyed Him only once, what makes us believe we can submit to deception, eating of the same deadly fruit that they ate, and live?
God’s Theocratic order exists in the fact that the Holy Spirit Himself is the Leader: Acts 13:3-4.
Real Biblical elderly, all on equal footing, must humbly “submit to one another” in everything that is true in the full context of Scripture: Eph. 5:21. If they are God-chosen elderly, who adhere to the moral requirements of 1 Tim. 3, these Spirit-led servants will work together in a miraculous way.
For ages, everyone accepted that the so-called ‘chief’ elder is the pastor and teacher, (actually two different posts, which most denominations combined into one), as a pastor overseers, protects, watches and leads. But this does not elevate the ‘pastor’ above the other elders in a highly paid job.
Scripturally, every elderly is also a pastor.
Paul, also just an ordinary elderly, said to the other elderly of Ephesus, “I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not neglected to declare to you the whole counsel of God, [the full Gospel and all the precepts of God’s Moral Law.] Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over which the Holy Ghost made you [servant] overseers, to feed the body of Christ, which He has purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departing grievous wolves shall enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from our own selves [democratically elected Christian ‘elders’] shall arise men, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them.” - Acts 20:17-38.
Paul warned the believers of a cruel, false hierarchical elder clergy that would replace the Godly elderly of the Theocracy. Wolves that would devour the spiritual and family lives, finances, and social lives of Jesus’ blood-bought nation, controlling them with their uncontextual legalistic laws. They would burden those whom Christ has set free from the ceremonial, Old Testament Law. They would lord over the holy bride whom Jesus’ cherishes and leads in love. And they would confuse and abuse God’s spiritual nation with their unscriptural doctrines and pagan practises.
As the entire so-called ‘five-fold’ elderly are actually pastors themselves, they are all supposed to “keep watch over the souls of the flock, guarding their spiritual welfare, as they will have to render an account” of every soul that God had entrusted to them: Heb. 13:7,17. James understood this huge responsibility, therefore he wrote in 3:1: “Not many of you should become elder[ly,] for you know that we elder[ly] will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity than other people; thus we assume the greater accountability and more condemnation.”
A greater judgement awaits all elders, as well as the Holy Spirit’s true elderly, as God had entrusted to them, as pastors, so much more of the mysteries of His kingdom, so much more of His truth, power, wisdom, insight and above all, His precious blood-bought souls: Jn. 21:15-17. And so, Paul declared that he is “innocent of anyone’s blood,” as he did not neglect to tell them “the whole truth”. He did not keep quiet about the things that God had revealed to him. He spoke out against sin and false teaching. He admonished the other elderly as well as the flock in love and truth, at the risk of being slandered, rejected, and even murdered, 2 Tim. 4:2.
WAS IT PAUL AND THE OTHER ELDERLY’S ‘RIGHT’ TO CLAIM TITHING AND OTHER EXTORTIONS FROM JESUS’ BELIEVERS?
Of course God will always supply all the needs of His true children. Jesus Himself said that even an ox should not be prevented from eating from the wheat that it treads. Why, God even supplies the needs of those who never serve Him! So, concerning the needs of His elderly, we can be certain He will see to it that they have everything they need in order to fulfil their calling in Him and to live physically in this life as well.
Yet, no one has ‘rights’ as far as God is concerned. We live by His grace not by our rights. Our ‘rights’ are truly pure privilege because God’s Kingdom is not a democracy but a Theocracy where He Alone reigns supreme. The first, most important, and under His New Testament Covenant, the only law of God’s Kingdom is “to love [and therefore submit to] the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, and strength... And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets, [the entire truth of the Bible.]”
Nothing we need and desire should ever come between us and our obedience to God’s Moral Law of love. If necessary, we should be willing to suffer hardship and every other thing the world can throw at us, to keep on doing the will of God. We can only succeed in this great mission if our eyes and minds are stayed on Jesus our Lord, and as long as our priorities centre on heaven, way beyond everything on earth.
Paul explained the Godly calling placed on the lives of all truly God-chosen elderly by showing us the other side of the elderly-coin. He wrote in 1 Cor. 9:16-18, “If I preach the Gospel, that gives me no reason to boast, for I feel compelled of necessity to do it. Woe is I if I do not preach the Gospel! For if I do this work of my own free will, [because it is the job I have chosen for myself,] then I have a reward, [because I get paid for it.] But if it is not of my own will, [as God called and ordained me and I did not choose His calling but He chose me,] I am entrusted with a sacred trusteeship and commission, [which is not money but the eternal souls of those God entrusted to me.] What then is the actual reward? Just this, that in my preaching the Gospel, [as a calling and not as a job,] I may offer it absolutely free of expense to anyone, [because God supplies all my needs and makes it possible for me to execute His calling], not taking advantage of my privileges as a preacher, [or rather, a servant elderly].”
God never regrets His calling or His gifts of grace.
Still, God Alone decides who does what and when.
The Theocratic office of elderly is a calling of God.
It is not a job; it is a stewardship.
Because the responsibility is so great, no one should ever aspire after it. Yet, if it is God’s calling, no one dare refuse it either. Sincere believers are truly the willing servants of Christ.
If we simplify Paul’s words in the entire Scriptural context of 1 Cor. 9:16-18, he actually wrote, “If I were a member of the religious, hierarchical ‘elder’ clergy, occupying a so-called important church POST, I would have counted it my legal right to be paid for my services. However, the mere fact that I am able to offer the Gospel absolutely free of charge IS my spiritual and emotional pay, and it proves that God is my Provider because He takes care of me! For if I now choose to be rewarded by men, I actually forfeit my reward in heaven, (Mt. 6:1-8.) We cannot expect to be paid twice for the same job, can we?”
Accordingly, Paul The Servant chose to work with his own hands, rather than to be paid for the spiritual services that he rendered. And he instructed all sincere believers to follow his example: 2 Ths. 3:6-10
How can one reconcile Paul’s selfless life with the elder hierarchy - the super wealthy pastors, preachers and teachers employed by the idolatrous church system? Paul could have claimed a salary ‘legally’ if he wanted to, but following in the steps of Jesus his Lord, he renounced such a demand to profit the souls whom God had entrusted to him. He benefited the flock with the truth of the Gospel and his love of the entire Moral Law, which are able to save their souls.
He gave all his practical, Godly love in selfless service to God: Rom. 12:1-2.
To be able to offer them this entire ‘package’ of eternal life without incurring any cost to them WAS Paul’s reward.
Paul The Servant received it all from the Father, and by God’s immeasurable grace He provided for all of Paul’s needs, thereby placing Paul in the blessed position to give his spiritual gifts entirely free of charge: 1 Pet. 2:5.
DEACONS — DID THEY MERELY COLLECT THE MONEY?
The office of deacon is the only other Biblical ministry.
Scripturally, deacons have to wait on tables: 1 Tim. 3:8-13.
Real God-called deacons did not teach the Word, visit the sick, preach, lead the congregation in prayer, or Biblical home-congregations.
Spiritual ministry is the task of God’s serving elderly.
Deacons have to collect gifts, (not compelled ‘offerings’ or tithing) for the real needs of the congregation and the ministering elderly. Deacons also have to tend to the needs of the poor disciples. As the early assemblies of Christ had no church buildings to keep, they could channel all the willing contributions of the wealthy disciples to the needy ones among them. This was not oppressive communism. It was sharing amongst those who sincerely love God and one another: Acts 2:44-45.
Deacons are trusted with the finances. Therefore deacons, too, have to be proved, Spirit-filled disciples who live holy lives and are appointed by God Himself: 1 Tim. 3.
For excellent, free teaching on the real Biblical ‘elderly’ of Jesus’ body, the ‘ecclesia,’ ‘called out assembly,’ or the body of Christ, read ‘The Great Ecclesiastical Conspiracy,’ by George Davis and Michael Clark. Get it on our friend Curtis’ website at: http://www.inthebeginnig.com