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Destroy the Divisions
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There is no middle ground
The Christian
Church (as God knows it), or Christianity as it is known, was founded historically (not hysterically) on Peter and his fellow eleven apostles in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost in 30 AD. World history was soon affected by this – but it also soon became affected by its world.
Acts 2:14;
Revelation 21:14.
Our
New Testament documents give us the essential character of authentic Christianity, which, over the troubled centuries since, have seen many seek to restore – sometimes labelled as 'reformers', ' dissidents', or 'heretics'.
 
 
In the Christianity reflected in these founding documents it is made very clear that there are no divisions in Christianity based on race ('Jew or Gentile') or social class ('slave or free'), yet divisions persist often based on doctrine, culture, or denominational history (historical organisation).
 
Attempts
have often been made to bridge these divisions within Christianity by local representative 'ministerial associations', joint rallies, and conferences, but the divisions remain, for their essential cause remains untreated.
 
 
Christian unity is a unity of common character in Christ which expresses itself directly in personal relationships to all others in Christ.
 
 
But Christianity has suffered from its earliest days from what the New Testament presents in Diotrephës in the apostle John's third inspired letter – clergy control, or as expressed in more reformed/evangelical/charismatic churches: 'eldership authority'.
See:
 Local Popes 
 
The clergy, or those in leadership of Christianity, are defined in these New Testament documents under the metaphor of 'shepherds', which gives us our word 'pastor' today, whose primary responsibilities in that time were to lead to feed, and to herd to protect. This, as in the given negative example of Diotrephës, very early blurred into clergy control as being a necessity for this leading and herding. But the metaphor was only a metaphor and did not encompass the whole, which was given on that Day of Pentecost in the gift of the Holy Spirit to more than those twelve foundation apostles, for the Bible says that there were about 120-disciples gathered in that upper room, and the Holy Spirit's role is far more than supportive. It is to all as it was to Jesus.
Acts 1:15.

 
He, anointed as Messiah, publicly introduced by the prophet John the Baptist, was now to reach out to the waiting public –
but instead "the Spirit immediately drove Him out into the wilderness"
"ἐκβάλλω" Mark 1:12.
This sovereign
authority of the Holy Spirit directly over the individual believer, is also demonstrated for us in our New Testament, in the international mission of one who was a post-Pentecost apostle (not a foundation-apostle), when Paul tried to do what he so sincerely thought was right, and he and Silas were surprisingly –
"...forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word [of God] in [the province of] Asia"
Acts 16:6.
Clergy
have tried to claim their own sovereignty by asserting that the Holy Spirit was 'only' given at Pentecost to these twelve foundation apostles in whose 'apostolic succession' they then stand today, but this is not what our Bible teaches.
See: meaning of 'twelve'
 
The Holy Spirit was given at Pentecost (by God, the Father of the Christ) in the Spirit's personal relationship to all believers in Christ in essentially the same way that He had been given to Jesus after His baptism, by which Jesus became the Christ/Anointed of God. So it was this gift of the Holy Spirit that made the company of Christ's disciples to then become spiritually, as this Paul expressed it, the Body of Christ in this present world, within which the Spirit's various ministries are distributed.
1 Corinthians 10-14.
Sadly the
conflicts within Christianity have been a causative factor in Christian history in facilitating the aggregation of control to the clergy as a distinct class in the general identity of the Christian Family of Christ..
 
From
the beginning, Christian unity was not in its organisation, and therefore not in any control mechanism of clergy or elders. Christian unity lay in the individual's personal character as displayed in interpersonal relationships, which these permitted problems were meant to provoke as an opportunity to demonstrate the nature or character of what this interpersonal relationship in Christ actually means. But, falling back in more than one sense on this world's methods, Christianity from its early days relied on its clergy to rescue it from its divisions and so cemented them into its history as a distinct class.
Betrayed
by its clergy!
Christ
had taught, within the Jewish cultural context of His ministry to Israel, the basic mechanism by which the unity of His disciples was to be maintained or protected, as being three steps aimed at reconciliation, and not at who is more right or who is more wrong.
 
 
It was not a legal mechanism for a judicial church court action. It was aimed at the restoration of a broken personal relationship and remained such at each of the three restoration steps which He taught and which His Spirit then preserved for our instruction (Gospel of Matthew 18:15 to 20). Jesus left His Church more than well equipped for what lay ahead of it in it's pilgrimage through history, for His own sinless human relationship to the Spirit of God was then given as the gift of Pentecost to make His Church to be His ministry, His Body, in this world.
The healing discipline
of Christ's Church
On
Friday morning, April 25, 2014, the senior pastor of the Apostolic Faith Mission church in Nelspruit, South Africa, André Myburgh (58), committed suicide by hanging himself in the bathroom of the church office. Dissatisfaction among some of his congregants who had accused him of 'nepotism' (his daughter was a pastor in the church) and 'mismanagement', and had distributed accusatory emails, had caused church income to decline by 45% and staff salaries had had to be reduced. He had appealed to his denomination to investigate the accusations against him, which they had duly done and found him innocent, but their emailed exoneration of him did not get to him in time.
Pastor Suicide!
 
A suicide usually only happens when the pain of continued living is worse than the fear of dying.
 
Who
is more guilty is not the issue! How should it rather have been handled is the central factor! If the Lord Jesus had been there what would He have said? God has not left us confused and vulnerable to the intrigues and misdirection of the enemy of our souls.
Who to blame
belongs to God!
Every
Christian believer is a dynamic of the Holy Spirit to further the purposes of God! There is no passivity when it comes to the welfare of others, especially of those who share our spiritual identity in Christ!
 
 
It is not an issue of church membership or administration. It is an issue of love embodied in the practicality of our relationships and love shows the way in each individual situation – if we are listening!
 
The
enemy of this is 'self-righteousness', the feeling of being less guilty than the one accused or disapproved, and only humility protects us from the subtleties of self-righteousness.
 
  It is natural to human arrogance to measure guilt and compare, but that is the mentality of the Serpent from the beginning.  
Christianity is to be a sign to all the world – of the distinction of God's way – necessarily contrastive,
and therefore shown in this type of situation, which is why God allows it to arise around us.
  Love shows the way!  
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