Last week I removed the bell from a lead sheep. It was a bit sobering as I thought about it; I removed the bell because the sheep was no longer qualified to be a lead sheep… she was no longer useful. Before continuing, look at the definition of Bellwether.
1. a wether or other male sheep that leads the flock, usually bearing a bell.
2. a person or thing that assumes the leadership or forefront, as of a profession or industry: http://www.dictionary.com/
We cannot be adequately fed from only one man, for only one hour, on only one day of the week. No matter how good of a man he may be. The church of Jesus does not need money to run. Nor does it need a denomination (division) to be affiliated with. We do not need a building, a board of directors, an agenda, or a marketing plan in order to survive. But rather the Spirit of God, the power of the gospel, the love of the brethren and the authority of the scriptures are to drive our very existence.
Amen, and Amen! I encourage the interested reader to check the free online book at the link above. For any who wish to study and exercise a bit of discernment, they should realize that church congregations in America have some serious problems, and the lack of proper Christian training of our young children is at the top of my list of those serious problems. I don’t particularly like to put in these words (shown in bold), but I will because that is the first thing that came to my mind; pastors should be ashamed to show their face in public knowing that most of the children in their congregation attend a government run school where Jesus Christ is not welcome.
The Choice for Christians – Comfort or Correct
Yes, I think it is time to remove the bell from those who lead non-biblical organizations that are supposed to be Christ-centered, but instead, have been instituted, shaped and corrupted by men. I don’t doubt the salvation and sincerity of all who participate in institutional churches, but the system, on average, needs an overhaul. Do a search and learn where in the world Christianity has the fastest rate of growth (hint they are underground house churches). Most of the traditional church institutions and their leaders in America should gradually step out of the way, and let the home churches and home schooled people begin to turn things around with a true focus on the Chief Shepherd absent all of the frivolous baggage man has attached to what he calls “church.” It will be a very difficult and slow process to change from such an established system, but we also should decide which we prefer, comfort with the old, or accept the challenge of being correct. Focus on this Scripture:
But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. ( Matthew 19:26)