Unauthorized Intermediary Authority

Posted November 17, 2014 by sandres2k8
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The head of every man is Christ (I Corinthians 11:3).

When someone else comes in between a man and his true Head (Christ the Lord) as some intermediary authority, that entity assumes portions of the roles belonging to each. Such an authority relieves a man of the responsibility God gave to the individual. In turn, such authority then denies God His direct authority over the man.

Ross Purdy
I Will Have One Doctrine and One Discipline: The Influence of Religion and Politics on the King James Bible
Bible Student’s Press™, 2008

The Relation of the Ecclesia to the World

Posted November 13, 2014 by sandres2k8
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Let us recognize and settle it once and for all that the ecclesia, the Body of Christ is not here in this world to have anything to do with the systems of this world, as such; and insofar as we become involved in the matters of the kingdoms of this world, we lose our magnetic vocation, and we shall involve ourselves in chaos from which it will take a very great deal to disentangle us.

That has been the historic tragedy of Christendom: it has in various ways become linked up with the kingdoms and interests of this world, and that is the secret of its spiritual ineffectiveness. Christ’s Body is a heavenly thing since Christ, its Head, has ascended, and all that comes down into and through His Body is heavenly in source and nature. This is utterly different from the things of earth.

Everyone who has an understanding of the Body of Christ will find himself being detached from tradition, from organized religion, and being brought to the place where there is no alternative but to come out from a thing which is a system and an order – though claiming to be in the name of the Lord and according to the Word of the Lord – but which is a thing of this earth.

It is a tremendous thing to say, but we do not hesitate to say it – that spiritual emancipation from the present system of organized religion and of what is called “the Church” with its methods, institutions, officials, governments, etc., is the necessary way to the maximum of spiritual effectiveness and fruitfulness. The tragedy of so many is the earth-boundedness of vision and the tyranny of the system.

T Austin SparksAustin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony (December 1927)

Institutions Commonly Called “Church”

Posted November 12, 2014 by sandres2k8
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This fact, that the “churches” we see today and the ecclesias of the New Testament are not in any way the same thing, is a truth that very few want to consider for fear that it may shout at them still louder. I seriously doubt if any actual objective study of the Greek word ekklesia has ever been made by them. If it were, it would be found that the institutions commonly called “churches” cannot be identified with and have no connection with the ecclesia of the New Testament. Many who recognize this try to resolve the difficulty by appealing for a distinction between “the visible church” and “an invisible church,” but all who do this must remember that these ideas are foreign to the New Testament.

Otis Q SellersOtis Q. Sellers (1901-1992)
Christian Individualism: A Way of Life for the Active Believer in Jesus Christ

Two Kinds of Magnification

Posted November 12, 2014 by sandres2k8
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Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death (Philippians 1:20).

There are two kinds of magnification:

(1) That of the Microscope – that makes the little seem big.

With this the Christian has nothing to do, for there is nothing little about his Lord.

(2) That of the Telescope – that makes the really big loom big.

The vessel may appear as a dot on the horizon but this instrument brings it out in its true proportions. Or, if you like, it brings the distant near. Thus is the believer’s joy: his body and being becoming a telescope, showing to others His true greatness, and bringing to those who see Him but far off the sense of His real nearness. When the Psalmist moves the proposition, “O magnify the Lord with me” (34:3), and when Paul seconds the resolution, “Christ shall be magnified” – it is this latter ministry that is in mind.

Guy King (1901-1969)
Joy Way: An Expositional Study of Philippians (1952), page 34

Forsaking Paul for Politics

Posted October 30, 2014 by sandres2k8
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The saints of God are aliens here on earth. Let that sink in. No believer, as such, can be a Republican, for in his heart he believes in and is related to a kingdom. Republicanism is merely political Arminianism – it believes in human ability in some form. How can a rejected king became a member of a rebellious republic? If Christ be the King, forget not that we are His body. Individually we may be ambassadors entreating the world to be conciliated to God, but does England’s ambassador to the United States vote? Can any ambassador legislate in the country to which he is sent? Of course not. …

Paul was no politician. Once, it is true, he claimed Roman citizenship, but see what happened thereafter. The events that followed after he claimed his “rights” quickly led to a conclusion of the preaching of the kingdom of God. If, as a Roman citizen, he received Roman protection for a season, it is also true that as a Roman citizen he was put into a Roman prison, and ultimately as a Roman citizen suffered from the stroke of a Roman sword.

Paul had no political program. The cross put an end to man in the flesh. It assessed the natural man and declared him bankrupt. Bankrupt politically, morally, spiritually, totally. Instead of being a citizen of the world he became a corpse in it: “I am crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). As far as the world is concerned, the church of God is a cemetery full of nothing but dead men, and men with their names on tombstones do not run for political nominations.

The religious world of today prates much and often of the glories of “democracy;” yet the believer’s hope is centered not in democracy but in Theocracy, not in man-ocracy but God-ocracy. If the reader … has learned the truth of Paul’s epistles, he will not claim to be either a Republican, a Democrat or a Socialist; for God’s choice and not his, God’s vote and not his ballot has made him a member of the Theocratic party by the grace of God. “Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world” (II Timothy 4:10) would correctly describe the modern religious political attitude toward Paul’s theocratic teaching.

Alan Burns (?-1929)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 15, page 273 (1924)

Bearing His Reproach

Posted October 27, 2014 by sandres2k8
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Just as His place in glory is our place, so His place on earth is our place as we go through this sinful world. What is His place down here? It is the place of rejection, for “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.

He is still the rejected One, and the place that the world has given Him should determine the place that you and I will take. He was rejected, not merely by the barbarian world, not merely by those who were living low, degraded lives, but also by the literary world, the cultured world, and the religious world. It was the religious leaders of the people who demanded His death, and all of the world acquiesced. The world continues to do so. It has its culture, its refinements, its civilization, its religion; but our blessed Lord is apart from it all, and the Word to us is this,

Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach (Hebrews 13:13).

HA IronsideH.A. Ironside
Charge That to My Account (1931), pages 114-115

God’s Will

Posted October 26, 2014 by sandres2k8
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I take God’s will not to be something that I have got to discover outside of myself, as it were; but because He is living His own life in me, the road I walk is His road, and therefore I take it for granted that He already has the answer in hand for all problems I meet on it.

Norman GrubbNorman P. Grubb (1895-1993)
Knight of Faith, Volume I


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