Chapter 2, Part 1
ORGANIZATION AND STRUCTURE
Without structure no organization can exist or function. Our churches are all in some form or another religious organizations, and have to have structures to maintain their existence, yet Jesus never started a religious organization.
How then do we reconcile our concepts of church today with the example and teaching of Jesus Christ and His apostles?
Since our King is the firstborn of many brethren, the first Apostle, our High Priest, our Shepherd and the only Master and Teacher, why is His example not followed today?
Jesus never called Himself Reverend, dressed in special clothes to let all know that He was a servant of God, built a building in which to conduct services, suggested that His disciples tithed to Him or took up offerings at His meetings.
He prepared for His ministry by working as a carpenter, supporting His mother and younger brothers and sisters after Joseph had died. He never studied under the Rabbis in Jerusalem which was His era’s equivalent of seminary or Bible school. From the age of twelve until He was about thirty He lived and worked in a small village and HAD FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD THE FATHER.
For eighteen years He was an industrious, upright member of His community, “Increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men.”
When He eventually began to teach:-
“The Jews marvelled, saying, ‘How has this man become learned, having never been educated?’” (In.7:l5)
It is not surprising that the Jews marvelled, because here we have One who had not gone through their religious system of instruction and yet He had become their teacher.
It is obvious that God does not need to process His servants through the religious systems of the world in order to produce an Apostle, Prophet, Priest and King.
If we consult the Holy Spirit and follow the teachings of Jesus we will discover that having intimate fellowship with God is the best way to become a disciple of the King and His Kingdom.
Unfortunately the world has penetrated the church to such a degree that we only feel secure when we belong to some visible structure or
organization, and especially when there is some clearly defined chain of command. Before we can get delivered from this deep rooted need to be part of some religious structure, we must understand the origins and purpose of organizations and structures.
Since Jesus created all things, He created organizations and structures. However He created them long before He created man, and He designed them for the heavenly hosts. Principalities, powers, rulers and authorities were made in the heavenlies before we humans existed. It was for them that God created the “chain of command” system.
His angels were divided into three groups, each ruled by an Archangel. So great is the authority of these three over their hosts, that when one of them, Lucifer, rebelled and was cast out of God’s presence, all the angels under his authority went with him. They came to the earth, and from the invisible spirit realm they influence, corrupt and endeavour to destroy man who is God’s most cherished creation.
Men and women were created by God in His Image. They are created to be like God, with total freedom of choice, and created to rule, not to be ruled by Satan and evil spirits, or anything that lives and moves upon the earth.
“And God blessed them (the man and the woman), and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and SUBDUE IT AND RULE over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:28)
When Adam and Eve fell they rejected the Kingdom of God, (God’s Government) and opened the way for Satan to introduce his government, which only operates by organization and a pyramid type Structure, with commands passed down from the top.
The first mention of a kingdom in the Bible is that established by Nimrod, who founded the city of Babylon. (Gen. 10:8-10) This was the beginning of the kingdoms of this world, and very gradually Satan introduced his Babylonian system of government until the whole world came under his systemized structures.
Right through the history of the Old Testament we see God desiring a people for Himself. A people who will voluntarily submit to His very different type of government which functions only out of a love relationship. A flow of love that originates in God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and flows back to God out of the spirit of a man who has discovered the joy of serving and glorifying his creator.
Authoritarian type Structures, even the most subtle we can design, are like dictatorships, and have their origin in Satan’s kingdom and are opposed to the Kingdom of God.
How sad our heavenly Father must be to see His children ensnared in Babylon’s system of government, and their leaders using scripture verses to promote their worldly concepts of authority and submission. Like big business corporations they produce constitutions and statements of belief which all must obey and agree upon to qualify as members.
Well meaning Christians, unwittingly living in Babylon, approach others with questions like, “Which church do you belong to?” or “Who do you submit to?” Their concepts are so worldly that when any member fails to submit to their hierarchy or agree with their beliefs or practices, he or she is rejected. Lost members, splits, divisions and great heartaches are the result.
Confusion, Babylon reigns, and God’s Kingdom is divided against itself.