“I am writing this letter about those who are trying to lead you into the wrong way. Christ gave you a special gift. You still have this gift in you. So you don’t need anyone to teach you. The gift he gave you teaches you about everything. It is a true gift, not a false one. So continue to live in Christ, as his gift taught you”. (1Jn 2:26-27)
Christians Are Under the Compulsion of The Church
“What is inseminated (place seeds/sow into) in freedom remains (from the WORD). But what is compulsion, this does not remain. For what is compulsion is not from the will of man, but from the will of him who compels”. (New Jerusalem and It’s Heavenly Doctrine #143)
Example: Who has not gone to a Protestant church and they expound the need for wonderful “Homegroups” that the leadership says should promote Christian fellowship. This is communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians, or “koinonia”. This really works. Believers get together, break bread and form relationships.
However, it is commonly the leaderships contention that since they are the overseers of the flock, and the shepherd of the sheep they must not stray from leadership teaching and interpretation of the Bible. You usually have to buy a text that is attached and from the previous week’s sermon. The group home leaders are trained and closely monitored and accountable to the Pastor of their church. They call this the parishioners “covering”. This to me is clearly compulsion, and what is compulsion will not take root in love.
I have been on Church prayer teams in the past. I will give you another example. The prayer team always meet before Sunday service to pray for the service and the people. This is a very honest and very wise kingdom principle. This one particular Sunday we were praying and holding hands. Suddenly the Spirit fell and each one of knew we were to pray for a cleansing of the White House. A new American President was about to enter office. It was as if we all were lifted up and praying in the will and the accord of heaven. Suddenly the prayer team “leader” came in the door. “Alright everybody settle down!”. The cord between heaven and the church was broken. This church “leader” was taking control and taking it in their own direction. This is an example of compulsion. Someone bending the will of others to bring it to themselves and what they deem proper. This is also a form of spiritual bondage. And this clearly is the usurping of the authority of Jesus Christ.
The Modern Christian Church is Under a System of Despotism
“The gift he gave you teaches you about everything”. The one supreme leader or congregational leader of the local church leads to this compulsion. We have a church institution and not a church body. They lead and rule from a position of fear.
“Therefore I remind you to inflame anew the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2Ti 1:6-7).
It is time for our Lord to be glorified and to speak from the Mercy Seat again!