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The Modern Church and It’s Structure

In reading about the apostles and prophets in the New Testament,and how they taught about Jesus after his ascension, we see that they went to the synagogues outside of Jerusalem and initially to the temple itself in Jerusalem to proclaim their message and teach their understanding about Jesus. I think of Paul on his missionary journeys entering into the synagogues, standing up by invitation from the synagogue ruler, to speak openly to the assembly if he had something that he wanted to say. This custom or system provided a way for Paul and for others to speak to the Jewish people in the synagogues.

Our modern church does not have a good system or custom for those attending congregations (never mind visiting guests) to set forth their understanding of scripture openly to people, or to challenge leadership concerning their teaching. Today’s church leaders think of this provision as rebellion and division against them and against their organizations. We have very controlled religious establishments in North America today. Church is a highly structured and controlled event on Sundays and leaders are not open to having anyone other than select and chosen persons minister. The average believer cannot exercise their Holy Spirit gift under this kind of system.

Believers are truly under the control of these religious leaders whether they are good or bad. The system we have for churches in North America is a protective womb for cultist like errors and false teaching. People are now questioning more and more about how much ‘truth’ is actually being taught in our churches today.


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Two Covenants meaning Hagar and Sarah

Galatians 4:21 begins a teaching about the two sons of Abraham. The story in the OT of the two sons named Ishmael and Isaac tells of how Ishmael and his mother Hagar were sent away by Abraham. In Galatians the apostle Paul says that we can look figuratively at the mothers of Abraham’s sons as representing two covenants, one of the natural, and one of the promise through the power of the Spirit. Paul clearly teaches that the present Jerusalem is of Hagar. She will not share in the inheritance of God. Paul declares that there is a Jerusalem that is above and that she is the mother of those who are in Christ.
Today we have many teachers and preachers who make errors in dividing the word of truth. They teach one part of the Bible as full and complete truth, but when other parts of the Bible are read their teaching is contradicted by other Scriptures. This means there is error in what they are teaching.
The present church system that we know of in North America does not have checks and balances. There is alot of control implemented in the majority of churches. We can be certain that this type of control of people and of what we are being taught is not of God. We seem to have a mishmash of teachings related to both Hagar and Sarah. On the one hand we have freedom in Christ, on the other hand we are subjects and children to these church systems. The Hagars of our day.


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Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged

Nebuchadnezzar was the King of Babylon. He was the ruler of the entire known world of his day. The prophet Daniel declared that Nebuchadnezzar’s kingdom was the head of gold in the king’s dream. It was a great and mighty kingdom. The king’s heart was lifted up as he reflected on everything he had done and accomplished in his kingdom. “I shall never be moved, he declared.” A few short months later God took this great king and altered his mind in mid sentence. Nebuchadnezzar was given the mind of a beast. His whole life changed immediately. He lived his life as an animal in a pasture for seven years. On his body grew feathers and claws. On the appointed day God gave Nebuchadnezzar his mind back. The king lifted his eyes to heaven and declared that there is no God like the Most High.
Do we think that it is any different today? We live our lives in North America as if we are in control of our future and our destiny. When the appointed time comes nothing will hold back the purposes of God from being done. At the time of Christ’s coming the scripture says, “will He find faith on the earth”? The Bible says to be careful about being so sure that we will stand, lest we fall.