“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” (1 John 2:26-27)
Many Christians Are Under the Compulsion of The Institutional 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”. (Emanuel Swedenborg, “New Jerusalem and It’s Heavenly Doctrine” #143) (emphasis mine)
Example: Who has not gone to a Protestant church and they expound the need for edifying “Home groups” that meet outside of church meeting times. The church leadership says this will promote Christian fellowship and harmony. This is communion, with God or, more commonly, with fellow Christians.
This they explain is called “koinonia” found in the Bible (this is the Greek word for it). Believers get together, break bread and form relationships. Nothing wrong with that right?
However, it is the church leadership contention that since they are the overseers of the flock, and the shepherd of the sheep the home group must not stray from leadership teaching and interpretation of the Bible
You normally have to buy a textbook that follows the current preaching and teaching series at the church before you meet with the home group.
The group home leaders are trained, closely monitored and accountable to the Pastor of their church. They call this the parishioners “covering”. This way the “sheep” must not receive any false teaching or false Christian doctrine.
To my perception, this is a form of compulsion. Compulsion will not take root in love. “For what is compulsion is not from the will of man, but from the will of him who compels”
I have been on church prayer teams before. I will give you another example of compulsion. The prayer team usually meets before the Sunday service to pray for the service and the people. This is a very wise kingdom principle.
This one particular Sunday we were in the prayer room before the service praying. Suddenly the Spirit fell and each one of knew we were to pray for the cleansing of the American White House. The new American President was about to enter
Suddenly the prayer team “leader” came in the door. She said, “Alright everybody
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 Lord was graciously sharing His burden and concern for the United States with His children. He was asking us to join with Him in making it so.
The Modern Christian Church is Under a System of Despotism
“The gift he gave you teaches you about everything”. Having one supreme leader or congregational leader of the local church can lead into this compulsion. We have a church institution and not a church body. They lead and rule from a position of fear that they will lose control.
“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” (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
It is time for our Lord to be glorified and to speak from the Mercy Seat again! He is the head of the body of Christ for the New Emerging Church.