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The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ

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Published by Lahry Sibley
Do you belong to the Body of Christ?
Do you belong to the Body of Christ?

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Published by: Lahry Sibley on Feb 16, 2011
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THE BODY OF CHRIST
By Lahry Sibley
Php 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
I have found it a curiosity, that of all the epistles (letters to churches andfriends) in the new covenant, not one is addressed to “pastors”. Now,granted, some who were addressed by name may have been pastors of theirhome church or local fellowship, but they are not addressed by “title” or theterm “Pastor”. In fact, the word “pastor” is only mentioned one time in oneverse in the entire new covenant.I find it of equal curiosity, that “pastors” have a stranglehold of monarchismon the local church. So I have to ask myself, why is that? Clearly Pauldescribed the Body of Christ much differently in Ephesians as follows:
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and  some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of theministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
This brings to mind another question we need to ask, and ask often. Are thesaints well trained for ministry work and edification of the Body?Without pointing a finger at anyone, I would have to say, across the board,the answer is “NO”. It is unusual and out of the ordinary to see the saintsdoing ministry and edifying the Body. In fact, it is almost as strange asseeing a church group, or groups of churches who have any apostles,prophets, or evangelists. The ones that are recognized as such, are usuallyheld in a position of superiority and lordship rather than servant to all.Small wonder then, that the church is floundering so in fads and secularhumanism. It is trying to function like a hand that has only a ring finger on itand the other fingers and thumb missing. It’s function and usefulness of thehand is……quite limited.The groups who do have “apostles”, “prophets” and the like, for the mostpart, are ridiculous ineptitude of reality. Many of these titles are held bywomen who glory in themselves in direct contrast and disobedience to clear

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