|The Home Must Be Defined In the Context Of the Church|
There is only one order defined in Scripture for the Church. That order of authority is the Spiritual order. It is the order of the Holy Spirit. In the Kingdom of the Heavens, when it fully comes, this Spiritual order will become the order of the government of the entire earth. That's why the Bible says that the saints will rule and reign with Christ.
The home is governed by the Father and the Mother (the elder and deacon of the home).
The local church is governed by the local Elders (plural with no chief) and Deacons (plural with no chief).
The universal church is governed by the traveling Elders (plural with no chief) and traveling Deacons (plural with no chief)--These are apostles.
Whenever we speak of apostles, we get the question: "Aren't There False Apostles Out There?" Yes, of course there are. Every free gift of God is counterfeited by Satan, even salvation. However, that does not make the real any less real.
The term, 5-fold ministry is a misnomer, and the actual term cannot be found in scripture. Other references in Scripture show us that the apostle is an office. The other four, prophet, evangelists, pastor, and teacher, are all ministries. Every apostle has a ministry, just as every member of the Body of Christ has a ministry and is a ministry. These four ministries are linked, in Ephesians 4:11, to the office of the apostle, though they can exist on the local Church level without the apostolic office. Ephesians 4:11 appears to be speaking of these four ministries in relationship to the traveling elders and deacons. Unfortunately, the evangelist, pastor, and teacher we have seen is mostly not the same as the one we read about in Scripture. On a local level, for instance, there is no salary given to any ministries any more than a father in a home would receive a salary for being a father. The local Elders are to shepherd the flock of God and some may have the ministry of a shepherd (pastor), but the term pastor has been twisted to mean something other than what God had in mind from the beginning. The Church needs to repent and return to God's holy order.
All is based on the foundation as laid out in Scripture. The Bible still has the answers, but the human mind is deceitful, and many a Godly person has become puffed up and has gone astray because of his or her human mind. God has a pattern in Scripture that calls for a multiplicity of God-set ministries who are led by the Spirit of God in unity.
We all need to discern and see the Body of Christ. We see all the gifts, ministries, offices, and orders of the Church. We also can discern and recognize the false. When we see Him as He is, we become like Him. He is a many-membered Body on Earth walking in submission the the Head in Heaven.
Other cultures/religions have different ideas about family, though many have been Christianized because of the salty influence of the flow of the anointing that flows out from those who have been called out of the world (the Church). There are many, in the world, who think of marriage as a temporary arrangement. Nations that have been heavily influenced by Christ and His called out people in the past are being pushed into an anti-home and anti-family direction. This was a large part of Satan's purpose in bringing about the 60s revolutions, encouraging what was falsely called "free love." There was nothing free about it. The price has been extremely high on the individual, on the home, and on society. There was nothing of love in it. It was pure self-serving eroticism. Love doesn't cause disease, death, and heart ache, but this satanic doctrine certainly did bring disease, death, and much pain, heart ache, and despair.
The Home is the answer to all of that. There is something that God created in the heart of every human being that cries out for what the home gives. The home, built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, is the basic unit of the Church, after the personal, individual relationship with God the Father and His Son, Jesus through the work that Jesus did on the cross, which is available to all who will receive it.
Last updated: Oct, 2011
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