The New Testament Church Structure, Which one is Biblical, the right one for tofday? Does God firstly really lead the Church even today by an one man or an eldership form of structure – an one directional pyramidal structure, or even the totally reverse also, a Congregationalist one? or the bi directional pyramidal structure or what? Do you even really know what the New Testament says now on this?
Tragically there are even too many devils volunteers in our families, not just in the household of faith. (Mat 10:36 KJV) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (Luke 21:16 KJV) And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. Normally it is the church leaders themselves who destroy the church since most church leaders even these days are also now extremely biblically ignorant, theyhave been appointed leaders mostly for the wrong resaons..
ONLY 30 PERCENT OF THE PASTORS NOW HAVE ACTUALY BEEN CALLED BY GOD..
2 Tim 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; :5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. :8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. :9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Distinguishing marks of abusive churches, bad Pastors.
“First, abusive churches have a control-oriented style of leadership.
Second, the leaders of such churches often use manipulation to gain complete submission from their members.
Third, there is a rigid, legalistic lifestyle involving numerous requirements and minute details for daily life.
Fourth, these churches tend to change their names often, especially once they are exposed by the media.
Fifth, denouncing other churches is common because they see themselves as superior to all other churches.
Sixth, these churches have a persecution complex and view themselves as being persecuted by the world, the media, and other Christian churches.
Seventh, abusive churches specifically target young adults between eighteen and twenty-five years of age.
The eighth and final mark of abusive churches is the great difficulty members have in getting out of or leaving these churches, a process often marked by social, psychological, or emotional pain.”
” A central feature of an abusive church is control-oriented leadership. The leader in an abusive church is dogmatic, self- confident, arrogant, and the spiritual focal point in the lives of his followers. The leader assumes he is more spiritually in tune with God than anyone else. He claims insight into Scripture that no one else has. Or, he may state that he receives personal revelations from God. Because of such claims, the leader’s position and beliefs cannot be questioned; his statements are final. To members of this type of church or group, questioning the leader is the equivalent of questioning God. Although the leader may not come out and state this fact, this attitude is clearly seen by the treatment of those who dare to question or challenge the leader. The leader of the movement often makes personal decisions for his followers. Individual thinking is prohibited; thus the followers become dependent on the leader. In the hierarchy of such a church, the leader is, or tends to be, accountable to no one. Even if there is an elder board, it is usually made up of men who are loyal to, and will never disagree with, the leader. This style of leadership is not one endorsed in the Bible.
(Gal 6:7 KJV) Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. DO SEE ALSO http://pbulow.tripod.com/persecuted.htm
Pet 4:12 KJV) Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
Every true child of God even should know that satanic attacks directly, or indirectly, such as through a person, are going to come periodically, temporarily and they will come both subtly and/or openly, and sometimes furiously. Satan will never give up on harassing a child of God. But there is a way out, just resist him with the word of God, and the name of Jesus. Jesus was tempted, oppressed by the devil and he quoted the word of God to the devil.
(Mat 4:1 KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. -Psalm 19:14
(Rev 7:14 KJV) And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(Rev 12:11 KJV) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
II Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1 “Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before you. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in very area of my life to You. I take a stand against all the workings of satan that would hinder me in my prayer life. I address myself only to the true and Living God and refuse any involvement… of satan in my prayer. Satan, I command you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all your demons. I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us. I resist all the endeavors of satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the will of God. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. I pull down the stronghold of satan over my life, mind, family, business, etc
(Luke 21:19 KJV) In your patience possess ye your souls. All Persons will pay the consequences for their unrepentant of actions. This principle is amply laid out in Scripture.
MAKE EVERY SECOND OF TIME COUNT AS IT ALL WILL QUICKLY PASS AWAY AND YOU WILL HAVE NO REWARD IN HEAVEN NEXT TOO..
(Job 8:20 KJV) Behold, God will not cast away a perfect man, neither will he help the evil doers:
(Psa 37:4 KJV) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
(Psa 37:5 KJV) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
(Psa 37:6 KJV) And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
(Psa 37:7 KJV) Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
(Psa 37:8 KJV) Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
(Psa 37:9 KJV) For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
(Psa 37:10 KJV) For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.
(Psa 37:11 KJV) But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
(Psa 37:12 KJV) The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.
(Psa 37:13 KJV) The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.
(Psa 37:14 KJV) The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of upright conversation.
(Psa 37:15 KJV) Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
(Psa 37:16 KJV) A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
(Psa 37:17 KJV) For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.
(Psa 37:18 KJV) The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.
(Psa 37:19 KJV) They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
(Psa 37:20 KJV) But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.
(Heb 13:20 KJV) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, (Heb 13:21 KJV) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.