A Key to the Church's Impotence?

 "Who are you to judge the servant of another?" (Rom 14:4 NAU)

This verse portrays a spiritual principle—you don't interfere with the life/activities/directives of someone else's servant, i.e. property. 

In context, the verse from Romans above is used to show that everyone must determine, before God, what is right for themselves in respect to food, drink, special days, etc. In particular, Paul is using it within the Body of Christ.

What about as a general principle?

As a principle in law that is common to man a maxim derived from God's law states:

It is a fault to meddle with what does not belong to or does not concern you.

When Satan offered Yeshua the world if He would just "fall down and worship" him, Yeshua did not contest Satan's claim that the world was his to give.

Because we have given our lives to Yeshua in exchange for his death, he has the right to interfere with our day-to-day activities. What we know of him assures us that he always acts for our good.

 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Rom 8:28 NAU)

Although He would love to do so, I do not believe He would meddle in the lives/activities of those who are not his by their choice.

Yeshua told the disciples that He would build His "ekklesia" (church). I do not think that Yeshua would work to build the "ekklesia" of another. That seems to be a given.

Today, most, if not all, churches are corporations, incorporated under the authority of government, This approach was sold to the Body under the guise of being for tax (money, mammon) purposes, however, those who came up with the plan had more far-reaching reasons for the offering. 

CORPORATION. An artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the laws of a state or nation,…acting as a unit or single individual in matters relating to the common purpose of the association, within the scope of the powers and authorities conferred upon such bodies by law. Black's Law Dictionary

It is a lie that incorporating a business protects the owner's personal assets. This was simply a ploy to place all commerce under the authority of secular government so they could control buying and selling and all activity by their statutes.

Those who were at one time "ekklesia" under the authority of Yeshua, elected to place themselves under the headship of secular government.

 "It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." (Gal 5:1 NAU)

 "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses" (Act 1:8 NAU)

In fact, knowingly or unknowingly we "exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man" (Rom 1:23 NAU). A corporation is an image, a legal fiction, having no form or resemblance of the glorious and potent Body that Christ intended and is building—in those who remain under His headship.

'Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. (Rev 3:20 NAU)

Yeshua is outside the door of churches of the western world, knocking, hoping the door will be opened and that He be invited back in. If He were to barge He would be trespassing on the property of another.

We would do well to remove ourselves from the corporate entity and back into Yeshua's "ekklesia" where the power flows in abundance.

©2015, steven, a man.

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Steven is the author of Fathered by God and with his wife Dianne, co-author of Dream Dreams and Dreams the Heal and Counsel. He has been a guest on the Miracle Channel, Trinity Television, and Crossroads Communication, and have taught internationally on various topics.

Without Prejudice. © 2021, Steven., house of bij de Leij., of man.