It really doesn’t take much insight to see the parallel of the current church system and the political system. Think about it, no one wants anyone to break out of the box, or the “mold” if you will, people like to keep everyone equal! For instance, everyone loves to be called “pastor” because that’s a familiar, safe term! And, if you are a pastor, then so be it! I’ve found that when pastors honor and receive apostles, the people have no problem receiving them. Pastors, evangelists, and teachers are still needed because without them, apostolic leaders will not be balanced! Apostles and prophets do best when they are in relationship with and empowering each ministry gift to come forth!
Many still want to shy away from identifying apostles and prophets with the title, because they say “if they are one, they don’t need the title! And I agree somewhat with that, we don’t always need to go around using titles to address leaders. But if we’re going to do that, let’s at least be consistent with all fivefold ministry gifts. Pastors, or shepherds know their sheep, and sheep know the voice of the shepherd. Apostles have a different “sound”, they are not after more sheep or members just to increase the fold. Apostles desire to see “sons” birthed and raised up because they are fathers and fathers want to see sons and daughters nurtured!
Now, as to the political system, people want all candidates to be alike, part of the system, used to the perks and the high places! We certainly have a divided system in the democrats and republicans, but look at the church, as it has been, we are so divided that you can barely get leaders to come together in unity! The people in the country are so divided over race, religion, politics and worldly ideas and opinions because the church, as we have known it, has catered to the soulish realm and we haven’t “separated the precious from the vile.” We are divided over different truths that we were to “build upon”, but we have isolated over them and build monuments to men and doctrines!
I. Peter 2:9- But you are a chosen generation (race). a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people (His own special people), that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Hosea 4:6-9- My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
As they were increased, so they sinned against Me; therefore I will change their glory into shame. They eat up (feed on) the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity.
And there shall be, LIKE PEOPLE, LIKE PRIEST: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.(deeds)
We ought to thank God that “judgment must ‘first’ begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel?” (I. Peter 4:18)
Let’s pray and decree that the “church will be the church!” And, that “MERCY TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT…” Then, we can once again be, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD…” The holy nation outshines the nation, and the kingdom transcends the church and the world…. Then we can become the true church of Jesus Christ!