Rule or Control?

 

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The kingdom of God needs order, guidance, and harmony. How is this achieved?

Guest Writer

Rev. Mark O’ Reilly

Website:  At His Command Ministry

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What is a ruler?

Matt 23:8 But you, do not be called Rabbi, for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.

(9) And do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in the heavens.

(10) Neither be called instructors, because One is your Instructor, the Christ.

 

Matthew 23 says that we should not have any leaders. But in the Epistles we are told that there are leaders in the church (Heb. 13:17, 24).

The Bible, however, is not contradictory.

We need to see that what is in the mind of the Lord is utterly different from what is in our natural mentality.

In the mind of the Lord the elders or the leaders should not control others. In the church there should not be any control.

But this does not mean that there is no governing, no ruling.

To rule is one thing, and to control is another.

All the leaders in the churches must be clear about this. In the Lord’s churches we need ruling, but not controlling.

To control others means to make decisions for them and to tell them what to do or not to do. It is to put people under your direction.

No one should exercise control, because we all are under the one Lord and have the one Spirit living in us and leading us.

However, there is a need for ruling.

If in a Church body the saints are told what to do, that is control. But there must be some ruling in the Church.

Suppose, for example, someone worships an idol and claims the freedom to do so. This must be ruled out.

We even need some ruling in deciding the times of the meetings. Some may insist on meeting at 4:30 a.m., while others may want to meet at an equally inconvenient time in the afternoon.

Thus, the elders need to go to the Lord in prayer, fellowship with the saints, and use their spiritual nose to discern the feeling of the saints so that they can determine what time is best for the meetings.

Then the elders should make a decision. This is not control; it is ruling.

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What do the rulers do?

Matt 23:10 Neither be called instructors, because One is your Instructor, the Christ.

(11) And the greatest among you shall be your servant.

20:28 Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.

The elders are not kings; they are slaves.

As one in the Lord’s Service, I am a slave as well. Others may enjoy their freedom, but I have no freedom because I have been bought to serve as slave.

In the world, to have a position means to have glory.

But in the church, to have a position means to be in “slavery.”

In Catholicism there is a hierarchy of priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and the pope, all of whom are above the laity. This is vainglory. In the church there is no such vainglory; instead, there is slavery.

The leading ones being slaves corresponds to the Lord’s word in 20:25 through 27:

 

Jesus called them to Him and said, You know that the rulers of the nations lord it over them, and the great exercise authority over them.

It is not so among you; but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you shall be your slave.”

How contrary this is to the natural, self- seeking mind!

The eldership is a form of slavery.

Every leader must be a slave.

Therefore, there should be no hierarchy among us.

Rather, we all are brothers on the same level.

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Marianne’s note:

There is only one king for us on earth, as ordained

by the Father King in heaven, and his name is Jesus

– Yeshua!

 

We are all his servants!

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8 Responses to “Rule or Control?”

  1. Looks great sister but I have set aside the title and returned the cradentialx. I am a teacher in name only, The Lord has called me to teach not to rule.

  2. Albert Einstein
    “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”

  3. But any true leader leads by example, showing others how to live.
    As Jesus did.
    peace

  4. Okay now lets speak truly about ‘slave’.
    There are task masters and there are slaves.
    But neither of these are what is required.
    No one is a slave unless he wishes to be one.
    Because slavery is an attitude.
    And same is true for a task master.
    It too is an attitude.

    And both of these attitudes are undesirables!

    We cannot at any time ‘be in control’ of someone else mind nor actions.
    And that is just a fact.

    Servitude on the other hand does not imply slavery.
    Nor does it imply ruling over anyone or anything.
    Someone who rules implies that this someone also writes the rules and enforces these.
    Neither rule nor control is of God.
    Neither is any called to be a slave.

    • hi abigail

      It must be the version Mark is using for his text. Mine says servant, not slave. KJV:

      Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

      Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

      • I was just reading something very interesting …
        I know this person speaks truly, so I am copying this and pasting it here …
        Maybe someone will understand this.
        He seems desperate to have an answer from anyone if someone can help.

        The following was heard/seen on August 1st 2009 in a vision or an audible vision:

        I SAW The following thing in a vision kind of thing: Two men walking in business suits talking to each other but I couldn’t hear what they were saying. One man held a big key chain and he walked to a glass door and was about to open it but when he did, there was an explosion!

        I heard this: Life is at your door.

        Sometimes I hear simple words, in this case I heard the word : Assassination. I do not think Obama will be assassinated due to Daniel 11:20 which means he will bow out of his position.

        I heard this : Two people must proclaim Liberty.

        I heard this: I’ll keep you out ground for two months

        The following was heard/seen on August 3rd – 4th 2009 (Started just about 30 min before it became August 4th and continued on and off until about 3:30)

        I heard this: He’s here to becoming to wrong

        I heard this, very strongly I felt that the Holy Spirit was pressed upon me during this one: I’m talking about for the church, August 15th
        Not sure what’s going to happen on the 15th. I can’ speculate because it hasn’t happened yet.

        I heard this, as if I was hearing people talk: “We don’t care if it’s about human death rights.”

        This next one was VERY disturbing: I SAW a scene of military vehicles with water cannons spraying children “playfully” from a distance as the water rained down on the kids from afar while the military was waiting for the “call” to execute the orders/ to kill.

        I heard the word Cherian or Sherian (found out that it is actually a website know as http://sherianinc.com/ which SUPPORTS AND WANTS A NEW WORLD ORDER!!!)

        This next incident that I experienced was weird how it happened: I saw a Pyramid accompanied by a ding of a bell and then I heard the word “Powerpoint” in which I realized that it was referring to the Illuminati and those others in charge and I realized that I am not one of them…THANK GOD FOR THIS! Read James 5, all of it.

        I heard this regarding the two LDS (Latter Day Saints) Missionaries that I am very good friends with, closer than most of my family, as I saw a quick thing too: I heard “You will be caught” as I seen the two of them trying to sneak back into their apartment which is just about 20 yards from my apartment. They quickly turned and I knew that they would be caught but I didn’t see “what” caught them. ALL of Christians who love God and Jesus WILL be persecuted I think…

        I heard this: Read the background sentences.

        AFTER THAT LAST THING THAT I HEARD, I AS READY TO GO TO BED AND SLEEP AND I PRAYED THAT GOD WOULD EASE MY MIND BUT INSTEAD, I FELT A GREAT PRESSURE UPON ME WHILE I TRIED TO RESIST IT AND IT WAS AS IF GOD WAS TRYING TO TELL ME SOMETHING, HE BECAME BLUNT WITH ME AND SAID SOMETHING THAT I NEVER HEARD HIM DO BEFORE. HE SAID THIS, VERY FRANKLY: Google “Essence Security” UPON GOOGLING IT, ON THE SEARCH PAGE IT’S SELF BEFORE I EVEN CLICKED ON THAT PAGE (which i never did wind up clicking anything), MY Avast! AntiVirus SAID THAT THE WEBSITE CONTAINED A WORM/VIRUS! SOMETHING IS FUNKY HERE! THIS WAS EVEN BEFORE I CLICKED ON ANY LINK AT ALL!!! IF YOU WANT TO RESEARCH THIS, ONLY DO SO IF YOU ARE VERY WELL PROTECTED WITH A PROPERLY WORKING ANTIVIRUS AMONGST OTHER THINGS.

        I heard this, and this time it was disturbing: Take all the religious…papers very soon, we will be stripped of ALL our religious materials of ALL sorts! Even if you copied the Bible by hand…it would probably be taken!!! When I heard this, it was the voice of a person speaking as if he was giving orders, he paused during the “…” which seemed to show as if it was an order made out of desperation! My God what is happening!

        I heard something else which seems like it doesn’t mean much but here it is anyways: “Skinny talk” from Hillary

        I heard this, and I have no clue if it’s spelled right or pronounced right but here is what I heard: You can “Gen-A-Take” them
        Not sure what Gen-A-Take means but it might be a bio weapon used to target genetically divided races. The military DOES have bio weapons for “races” of people! Based on our genes and races, there is a stockpile to kill off “specific races” of humans! Not sure if this is what it means yet but this is weird.

        This last thing I saw last night was disturbing in the fact that I saw Big Bird from “Sesame Street” but I couldn’t hear what was being said. I think he was addressing the kids with lies and whatnot but I am not sure about this…GOD HELP US IF THEY ARE BRAINWASHING OUR KIDS TO DO SOMETHING HORRIBLE!!!!! I don’t have kids but I know lots of people who DO have kids…

        I am asking ANYONE AND EVERYONE to please try and tell me what this means. Does anyone have any gifts of the Holy Spirit to interpret these things? I really need anyone’s help now, if you know you have this gift, please post ALL YOUR RESPONSES. Thank you and please prepare for the storm!

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