The other day while browsing, I find this website, he has many interesting articles, but wanted to share this one with you.
'Should a Pastor Rule Over You?"
The popular yet monumental misunderstanding of authority in the church is probably the biggest problem driving the false church system. The main problem is with the people that the Bible calls "Nicolaitans", those who Christians allow to conquer and suppress them. (From the Greek, the word "nico" means "suppression or conquering of" and "laos" is where we get the word laity which means people). In Revelation 2:6 and 2:15, Jesus said that He hates the practices and teachings of the Nicolaitans.
Not surprisingly, most Nicolaitans refuse to acknowledge and admit that they are Nicolaitans. They make the false claim that no one can really know what a Nicolaitan is or is not. Most just quote a popular fairytale that the word means a follower of the mythical heretic Niclaus. Not so. The truth is we know quite clearly exactly what the word means and exactly who these people are. Plus, it doesn't make any sense that Jesus would mention something that He hates and then never let us know what exactly that He was talking about.
Today there is no shortage of those who want a counterfeit Saul to be king over them and there is no shortage of Nicolaitans who want to be that king in the place of Christ. (By the way, the definition of antichrist is one who opposes Christ and/or stands in His place). At least God told Samuel to appoint Saul as king. Even though God was displeased with the fact that Israel wanted a man as king instead of Him, he still authorized Saul’s appointment. Today’s multitude of counterfeit “Sauls” have no such authorization from God. They are self-appointed and people powered. Here’s why we know that they are counterfeit leaders (they may be real Christians but they are false pastors):
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus (Matt 28:18).
Jesus alone is the Head of the church (John 5:26-27, Eph 1:22-23, Col 1:18).
God does not permit Christians to have controlling authority over other Christians in the church (see Matt 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-45, Luke 22:24-27, 1Pet 5:3, Matt 23:8-12, etc.).
We do not have multiple special high priests over us. There is only One High Priest, Jesus Christ (see Hebrews 3:1, 4:14).
We have One Master Christ and we are all brothers (see Matt 23: 8-12).
You cannot obey two masters; you will love the one and hate the other (Matt 6:24, Luke 6:13). You simply cannot obey Jesus as master and a pastor as master at the same time.
There is a big difference between genuine behind-the-scenes loving elders who stand firmly for sound doctrine and admonish the Body of Christ to obey the Bible compared to a Nicolaitan one-man show who teaches his own agenda and draws men away to himself through manmade teachings and traditions. While the Bible makes it clear that we are supposed to submit to governmental authorities such as to the police and obey the laws of our land (pay taxes, obey traffic laws, live peacealby, etc.), we are also commanded to not set up authoritarian systems or regimes within Christian churches.
This is where one has to read the Bible in full context and not listen to authoritarian pastors abuse verses like this one.
Hbr 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that [is] unprofitable for you.
Ponder this one, why is "they" in that verse automatically translated by the hirelings to mean themselves???
Giving account could even be on the day you die, where those doing it with JOY, know you are going to HEAVEN under the blood of Jesus Christ. Do mere men watch our souls? Most in the mega-churches do not even barely know the names of their congregants beyond their souls. Ask yourself who really has RULE over you?
I named this blog after a chapter in the Bible, Galatians 4, this is one chapter, I read while in the Catholic church, that basically helped to break the chains. I still remember the day I read it.
Gal 4:1 ¶ Now I say, [That] the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Does that sound like you are supposed to bow before a tyrant in the pulpit and do everything he says? We are children of God, and with God we are to obey Him but that is a loving relationship of Father to His children. There are endless verses as this other author points out, that tell us we are not to live in bondage. He is correct. I always found the irony of ex-Catholics now new evangelicals holding to things like the blind authority shepherd movement and following so many "bible pastors" so blindly--such as the Moses Model in Calvary Chapel to the extreme. What does it mean if you simply have replaced one Pope with another, and many of these churches HAVE DONE THAT. Even all the talk of "leadership" should make you cringe, as we watch these hirelings openly compete for the most obedient to them and compliant congregations.
He sums up his website thusly:
Many professing Christian churches today are unbiblical slave camps that exist to serve the agendas of men. These "churches" can be likened to a modern day Egypt and the alleged “men of God" in the pulpits can be likened to Pharaohs.
I agree, look how the churches now are being used for total socio-political control.
The time for many Christians comes where you are faced with the decision to follow God or man, we must make the right one.