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Whose Slave Are You

Whose Slave Are You

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Published by Gregory Valentine
There is a place for leadership among the believers as spoken of in 1 Peter 5 and 1 john 2, they are to leave an example to the believers that where they are in their walk with the Lord is to be where you will be soon because their walk and example is about being like the most high. And you are not dependent on them for spiritual growth ot spirituality. This indictment is not for the ones who make leaders and copy their walk into the lives of believers so that they can be like Christ. But for the ones who have no fruit and are not continuing to make disciples of Jesus as their salary to continue grow
There is a place for leadership among the believers as spoken of in 1 Peter 5 and 1 john 2, they are to leave an example to the believers that where they are in their walk with the Lord is to be where you will be soon because their walk and example is about being like the most high. And you are not dependent on them for spiritual growth ot spirituality. This indictment is not for the ones who make leaders and copy their walk into the lives of believers so that they can be like Christ. But for the ones who have no fruit and are not continuing to make disciples of Jesus as their salary to continue grow

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Whose Slave Are You?
 
Most Christians that I know (and have known) are all too ready and willing to believeand trust ANYTHING they hear from their church and pastor.
In today’s church/religious
viewpoint, it is said that professing Christians must
"belong to the local church," 
that is,become
"members of the local church," s 
omething about which nothing is said in theScriptures. Very precious few have no real idea of what it means to be free in Christ.They have always been slaves of
the church 
and its so-called
rulers.
 Virtually no one in the church knows how to stand on their own feet spiritually; maketheir own decisions about what they will do in serving the Lord; how, when, where theywill serve and follow Jesus. In current practice, the local church organization, controlledand ruled by the
eldership 
, makes all the decisions for all the member/slaves! (marriage, job, where to live, is this or that right for me, going here, going there, etc., etc)
 
The Eldership/Lordship perversity controls everything! You control nothing! You havenothing to say. You have no freedom in the corporate/institutional local church. TheElders/Rulers will "rubber stamp" every member into total conformity with their pattern.
The Eldership 
runs the show with no questions asked. The Eldership/Lordshipdecisions are claimed to be the very decisions of Jesus Christ, whether it is in regards
to the hiring of a new elder or right down to the paving the parking lot. (Don’t be fooled
by the so-called church business meetings; a meeting where you are led to believe thatyour vote counts for something. It doesn't!) All decisions relative to the church and itsoperation belong to these
church officials 
, i.e. the elders.
 
Like the Pope to the Catholic Church, these
"elders" 
stand in the place of Christ for you.You are to obey
the elder 
as a slave-member, in all their decisions and decrees. Youare to arrive at the appointed headquarters building, at the appointed times, to do theappointed things, in the appointed way, week after week, just as this body of lords havelaid it out! You are to submit fully. Remember,
"Your Elders" 
preach that to obey themis to obey Christ and to disobey this local pontifical body is to disobey Christ!Do you really grasp the significance of that statement? Are you gullible enough toswallow that and bow your heart, will and life to the enslavement to men?As a
church member,
YOU are in slavery to a church institution under the absolutecontrol of men! If that isn't slavery, then there isn't any such thing as slavery. Churchmember/slaves need to realize what their situation really is. The church
("Eldership")
directs and controls your life and service to the Lord. You are not free. You have novoice or vote in anything. Slaves never have such a right. Your role is (1) to obey and(2) to pay.Whose slave are you? Who is really your master? Jesus said:
"No man can serve two masters.." 
(Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13).
 
 
The apostle Paul plainly taught:
"You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men" 
(1 Corinthians 7:23). Note that you were bought with a price; the life of Jesus, soyou belong to the one who bought you.
After Jesus was raised from the dead He told Peter, “Feed My sheep.”
Notice that theLord did not say He would give Peter some sheep of his own to rule over. He wasn'tgiving Peter anything to have as his own. He didn't tell Peter to go start a church andbegin gathering people together in his own name. Neither did he tell Peter to go gethimself elected to take the place of Jesus as the new leader of the disciples.In fact, no one has ever been elected to take the place of Jesus after He was taken upinto heaven. Why? Because He is still the Head, and He is still the Good Shepherd. Henever laid aside that role. Do you understand this? There is ONE flock and ONEShepherd and
nothing
belongs to any individual.Many times in church I have heard
"the elder" 
speak
of “my people”, “my flock”, or “mysheep”, as though they possessed something.
What impudence! What effrontery!Understand that the
elder 
or the
eldership 
owns nothing! The Scripture plainly says thatwe are the sheep of His Pasture. Everything belongs to the Father, Who has committedall things into the care of His Son, the Good Shepherd. No
eldership 
can claim anythingor anyone as belonging to them personally. Is it any wonder why we don't see theLord's sheep being treating with greater respect and humility? How can a man lord over
something that doesn’t belong to him?
Jesus is your Master. No one can serve two masters. You are to receive your ordersand directions from the one Lord (Ruler), Jesus Christ. He is the Head over all things toHis ecclesia, His redeemed people; not
"Your Elders." 
 He never placed it on the Pope. Neither did He place it upon any other man nor anygroup or body of men, even if they do claim that the Eldership has such authority andcontrol. It is another big lie, like the claim of the Pope. Jesus Christ is the one and onlyMaster and Lord. Is He your one and only Lord?
 
Remember that Paul said:
"Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are the slaves of the one whom you obey" 
(Romans 6:16).Consider the following very carefully. When you apply for
"membership at church" 
andagree to obey
The Eldership 
(men); to submit to their rule; to that master; that youbecome a slave of men and you give up Jesus Christ as your Master and Lord? For Hesaid Himself that no man can serve two masters. Do you go forward and
"agree to work under the authority and oversight of the Elders?" 
Did you do that? If so, you are aslave of men and not Jesus Christ! If you ever were before, you are now no longer aslave/servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can't have it both ways.
 

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