What is glory? Glory is the exhibition of the design and blueprint of what Heaven has made you to be, the uninhibited, unadulterated, unedited exhibition of the fullness of who you are meant to be, not more than you were meant to be, that would be ambition, not less than you were meant to be, because that would be a lack of development, but the fullness. – Lance Wallnau, Bible Study 3/11/2017
Sinclair Ferguson, a teaching fellow at Ligonier Ministries and a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary says the church in this century and in Western society is a far greater threat to Christianity than is Islam. “The church is the greatest threat to real Christianity in the world. God help us.” – Independent Journal Review, 11/1/2017
God’s blueprint specifies the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) on earth, but we contemporary believers, the ecclesia, submit to an unholy (read this Satan’s) design.
Lance Wallnau, in his exposition of the word ecclesia, explains the role of the church as a ruling body, not simply grass-munching, chased-about-like-sheep congregants on Sunday mornings.
The word ecclesia was in use long before the birth of Jesus Christ. Meriam-Webster defines ecclesia:
a political assembly of citizens of ancient Greek states; the periodic meeting of the Athenian citizens for conducting public business and for considering affairs proposed by the council
City Councils and County Commissioners Courts are contemporary examples of ecclesia. Does the conspicuous absence of community leadership from our churches trouble you?
Throughout the years of the American Revolution, pastors were at the forefront of leadership. The British called the pastors of that time the Black-Robed Regiment. From the Library of Congress, the topic Religion and the Founding of the American Republic: “Ministers served the American cause in many capacities during the Revolution: as military chaplains, as penmen for committees of correspondence, and as members of state legislatures, constitutional conventions and the national Congress. Some even took up arms, leading Continental troops in battle“.
The first exchange of gunfire of the American Revolution was in the city of Lexington, Massachusetts on April 19, 1775. 46-year-old Captain John Parker’s orders to his 77 Minutemen were “Stand your ground; don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.” The Brits fired the first shot and the rest is history.
Before, during, and after the Revolution, pastors (ministers) were at the forefront encouraging American colonialists to fight their British oppressors.
On July 30, 1956, Congress passed Public Law 84-140 which President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law establishing our national motto.
IN GOD WE TRUST
Two years earlier, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson (D-TX) was up for re-election and two not-for-profit organizations supported his opponent. Johnson proposed an amendment to prohibit not-for-profit organizations from endorsing political candidates. The amendment was accepted without debate or discussion.
The Johnson Amendment was not and is not constitutional because it abridges the freedom of speech and prohibits the free exercise of religion, two of five freedoms protected by the First Amendment.
Church leaders have been cowed by the Johnson Amendment, thereby abandoning God-ordained leadership to unholy men and women who distort our history, defame our Creator, and trample the First Amendment.
Perhaps we Christians have forgotten our mandate is to make disciples, not build congregations of snowflakes. God’s blueprint for his church is for us to rule and reign, not to hide and watch.