Saturday, June 9, 2012

Oversight is not "Control"

As long as the western church continues to view Biblical oversight as "control" instead of "living by example" then we will continue to have problems (Acts 20:28; cf. 1 Pet. 5:1-7; cf. Mark 10:42-45). 

As long as the church is viewed as a school-house business instead of a family around the Lord's dinner table, then we will continue to have problems, because we are imposing a worldly superstructure over the church that God never intended (Luke 22:14-34). 

The church is not a business where a board of directors governs by "control" of the auditorium, classroom, and treasury. The church is not a school where elders focus on the curriculum or what "doctrine" is taught.

The church is about living life in community in a godly manner, not controlling dependents from the top-down from an oligarchical and hierarchical-orthodoxy-viewpoint that turns a blind eye toward the behavior of those who supposedly hold positions/offices in the church, or because possession of "sound doctrine" (which often are merely rituals that one repeats) is deemed as most important. 

Biblical doctrine is behavior.

False accusers ARE false teachers.
The tighter the current misinterpretation of "oversight"--and more desperate the control grip--becomes the more the younger generations will rebel, because it is their God-given right to not be controlled, but to be free (Gal. 5:1). Of course, they will continue to be falsely accused by some of "leaving the Lord or church" or "being unfaithful," etc. None of which is true. Truly, none are so blind as those who refuse to see anything other than their own viewpoint as "right."

This in no way absolves the younger of personal responsibility or the necessary integrity that is demanded from Christianity. In fact, it demands that they mature as commanded by God, but in many cases are presently being hindered by men who have no integrity (2 Pet. 3:18; cf. Eph. 4:11-16). And no, "chaos" will not reign when people grow and mature in Christ, it's just the opposite. They'll quit following men who lack integrity and develop their own = conforming to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29).

Previous generations that remain vested in their hierarchical, oligarchical fixed beliefs they view as "sound doctrine" of which they are dependent on paid preachers and elders for interpretations will continue to be the largest part of the problem. Many don't even believe they interpret the Bible. The Myth of Nature's Nation and the Millennial Nation are still alive and well in the minds of many who, like Henry Ford, see historical facts as "bunk." As much of a fan as I am of Ford and his ability, his ignorance was on display often, and history matters. Especially, knowing one's own history and WHY we believe what we believe and do what we do.

American Christians are taught to believe the national myth of all truth being "self-evident" which means they don't have to do their own research (study, give personal diligence and courage--2 Tim. 2:15). They can just "go to church" 3 times a week and the preacher and elders will get them to Heaven.

Not wise.

Following authoritarians who falsely accuse (slander, 2 Tim. 3:3) those who threaten their power will prove costly.

Better to repent now--change our minds and direction we are traveling--than to pass the point of no return someday.

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