Your Validation

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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Question of Legitimacy

For centuries, societies have all been very concerned with the question of legitimacy. "Who has and who has not been born into a socially, religiously, and legally recognized marriage?" Ultimately, this question concerns who is and who is not spiritually acceptable. This question was applied to Jesus; some conclude that he is illegitimate. This conclusion can influence some ill advised spiritual decisions.

The question of legitimacy cannot really be settled by "facts", opinions and information that come to us from society and institutions in the physical realm. Spiritual questions require information from the spiritual realm. When dealing with such questions it is important to remember:

"What God respects and esteems is an abomination to the world. What the world respects and esteems is an abomination to God."

Many have been rejected, treated cruelly and shamefully by family and society at large because of this question of legitimacy. Even today, the consequences of being branded as "illegitimate" can lead to needless pain and suffering.

When dealing with this question, its' spiritual aspect is usually neglected. I have known several people who could be considered "illegitimate"; yet each one of these individuals have "Christ in them" and walk with God. This truth wreaks the very notion of "legitimacy". Consider that God knew each one of these people and called them before the beginning of the world! Consider also, that

"…what God has called 'clean', let no one call 'unclean'…"

When it comes to the question of legitimacy, begin with the spiritual aspects; seek what God has to say about the matter. His answer will often contradict what everyone else has to say. There may be social consequences for respecting what God respects, so be strong, be ready.

Finally, the world will use any excuse to inflict abuse. Legitimacy is just one of the many excuses. Social acceptance is not something to value or seek. The one thing we can depend upon is the acceptance of God; respect His acceptance above everything else, even above your own feelings about yourself.

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