In the religious realm, those who desire to live a Godly life, honoring God and standing for the Truth are generally trained to subject themselves to religious overseers, waiting for their instructions and validation. I have observed quite a few people who spend years waiting for such validation which never comes.
Truth, the declaration of Truth, and those who speak the Truth require NO authorization or validation from scripture, any human, or any organization. Truth and those who speak it stand on their own. Only In Christ is the freedom to function, to carry out God’s instructions. There is no other human authorization or validation available or required.
These statements reflect the functioning of the gentile believers in the 1st century. They had no corporate religious organization or structure. They had no written scriptures. They knew that Christ is the ONLY HEAD of the congregation of believers. The elders, bishops and deacons were unpaid volunteer servants who worked to keep order among the believers – everything was done decently and in order. These servants had no authority (of office) to ordain anyone or validate anything.
Then and now, it is the apostles and prophets who have anything approaching real authority. Again, these are unpaid volunteers who serve without the approval or authorization of anyone. Their functioning consists of speaking the Truth as inspired by God and bringing forth His Will in the physical realm. They are authorized to appoint and direct the bishops and deacons.
Christ is the HEAD of HIS church which is HIS BODY. Every person who has been “born from above” (born again) has direct access to Christ, 24/7/365. No intermediary exists or is required. Anything which purports to stand between Christ and the believers is a counterfeit and a fraud.
The Body of Christ does NOT consist of the corporate religious organizations that we see all around us in the world. These organizations have no godly significance, no godly authority within the Body of Christ. Their theology, ordinances, traditions, policies and procedures have no godly significance, no godly impact or profit or function within the Body of Christ.
The religious organization has no authority or capacity to provide validation for any person or activity. These organizations cannot provide legitimacy for anything, including themselves. Only God can provide validation or legitimacy via the Head of the Body of Christ.
There is no more waiting! Anyone who desires to move with God, to live according to His will, to bring forth His will in the physical realm, to stand for the Truth, does NOT require anything from any religious organization or officer. The authority, validation and legitimacy of every believer is spiritually obtained and discerned. The systems of this world have no part in the Body of Christ! You are completely free to live and function in the Body of Christ as directed by the Head, who is Christ!
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