The Deception of the Respecter of Persons within the Church System

There is deception within the institutional Church system that is accepted by everyone within her ranks. It is giving respect to people based upon their status within their professional and religious social circles. These people love to be respected and constantly receive the accolades of man. Those who rise up within the corrupt religious hierarchical system receive the most “honorable” and “respected” positions within their places of worship. The sin of pride is welcomed and openly manifest as the respecters of persons stroke the egos of those who lust for the acknowledgement of man instead of God's truth.

My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of PERSONAL FAVORITISM. – James 2:1

The False Claim

  • How can a group of people claim to be followers of Jesus Christ when they show personal favoritism towards one another?

Many fail to understand that the Apostles and the Early Ekklesia did not use titles of any kind making others more prominent among each other. There was no flattery and exaltation among them. They understood that being a respecter of persons was the sin of not loving your neighbor as yourself.

You shall love your neighbor AS YOURSELF – Matthew 22:39

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor AS YOURSELF,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. – James 2:8-9

Those who are givers and receivers of favoritism do not have the fear of God within them because they give more credence to man’s traditions than the moral commands of God.

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows NO PARTIALITY, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. – Acts 10:34-35

For God shows NO PARTIALITY. – Romans 2:11

Twisting and Decieving

Those within the Church system worship God in vain because they give respect to men who desire special ranking and social status within the marketplaces and their places of worship more than loving the truth. The ultimate Pharisee religion, Churchianity, is the zealous observance of man’s traditions elevating men based on their personage. The people love to give adoration to those who prance upon the church stages and podiums. They give them entitlements, such as special seating arrangements, parking spaces, perks and benefits all in the name of “honor.”

The people twist Scripture to justify their sinful behaviors by quoting this following verse,

Render therefore to ALL THEIR DUES: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. – Romans 13:7

A proper exegesis of this verse would reveal the deception of those who allow partiality to run rampant among them. The above verse is not referring to hireling pastors and self-titled ministers, but to leaders who are in government, such as judges who have the authority to punish those who commit evil.

And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an ABOMINATION in the sight of God. – Luke 16:15

The Demands of the Respecter of Persons

I have come across many on the Internet who want to know who I am, my education, status and rank. They will not accept that my sole desire is to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles, but insist that I must appeal to some man-made institutional authority. They believe that if I do not fit into man’s way of doing things, then I a deemed to be part of a "cult" because I am not in compliance with their institutional rules of give allegience to someone who is considered certified professional among their ranks. When they cannot attack the truth of God's Word, they resort to trying to assassinate my character by playing the "cult" card. They contradict themselves by claiming that I am part of a cult, but being a respecter of persons, which is the epitome of thir own religion, is one of the main identifying characteristics of a cult.

The respecter of persons will never be able to fully think for themselves, or allow the spirit of Christ to teach them because they want to go their esteemed men and do it their way to receive their credits. They want and desire to rely on the “infallible” opinions of their professional clergy for truth, rather than the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

The results are the worship and fear of man instead of God. The revered religious men become rich and famous as “prophets,” “preachers” and “evangelists” living of the lust of others bilking them of their time and money as they gain fame and fortune in their lucrative businesses called Church.

Those who are partakers of this vile system choke out the word of God and make merchandise out of themselves and of others.

And in their GREED they will exploit you with false words. – 2 Peter 2:3

The Laodicean System

The brainwashing and deception has become so rampant within the lukewarm Laodician Church system that the masses demand to have someone to rule over them. They want to be held captive to being a respecter of persons the same way the Pharisees demanded the same respect in the New Testament. They ignore the clear warning of Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

Then they understood that he did not tell them to BEWARE OF THE LEAVEN of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. – Matthew 16:12

Respecter of persons are not are not men of God. It's your choice, men, or God.
Respecter of persons are not are not men of God. It's your choice, men, or God.
"Can I get an Amen!!!"
"Can I get an Amen!!!"
"Can I get a Hallelujah!!!"
"Can I get a Hallelujah!!!"

It doesn’t matter what Church building you may attend, the main purpose of the meetings are all about making a show and a spectacle of men and collecting their money. The pews and their stages are set up in the same as the local entertainment facilities that are specifically designed for staged performances.

  • How many times have you seen a pastor peacocking himself upon the stages of men showing off with a long prayer as the congregation shouts out their “Hallelujahs!” and “Amens!?”

This is what the modern pastors ego feeds off of as they go off into a frenzy of making religious spectacles of themselves so as to glorify and promote their ministries in their names.

“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and LOVE GREETINGS in the marketplaces and the BEST SEATS in the synagogues and the PLACES OF HONOR at feasts, who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” – Matthew 20:46-47

When a group of people fear men more than God, and pay no attention to God’s Word, the result is the idolatry of relying on, and giving tribute to entitled religious hirelings.

Here is some wisdom.

To show PARTIALITY is not good, but for a piece of bread a man will do wrong. – Proverbs 28:21

The FEAR OF MAN lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is safe. – Proverbs 29:25

"Touch not God's anointed!!"
"Touch not God's anointed!!"

They Defend Each Other at all Costs

The reason that religious men are allowed to make spectacles of themselves is that their minions willingly allow it. They are as much to blame of being givers and receivers of partiality. They elevate men so high that they are beyond being corrected and rebuked for their idolatrous carnal sinful behaviors. The modern day Christian respects people based on their personage and believe that they are to dare not touch “God’s anointed.” Additionally, the risk of being shunned from their religious elite denominational social club would be too much to bear and too big of a risk of forfeiting their membership perks by daring to upset their prestigious upper class pastor who lords over them.

PARTIALITY in judging is not good. – Proverbs 24:23

I will not show PARTIALITY to any man, or use flattery toward any person. – Job 32:31

The clear evidence of how the pew-warming minions and their leaders behave among each other reveals their fleshly corruption. What they believe in their hearts manifests in their outward actions towards others through the sin of respecting persons.

It doesn’t matter whether you are, or you know the likes of an institutional pastor, Sunday School teacher, or a seminary professer, if anyone is promoting their denominational brand of Christianity is being a religious respecters of persons. Acknowledging any professional hierarchical title in the context of the Body of Christ is appealing to "special" men as the authority of truth, rather than being able to discussing openly the clear facts of Scripture.

The result is that men with titles take precedence over God and His truth.

The idolatry of treating ordained pastors as “holy” and “revered” is an epidemic today. The modern Christian accepts this outright sin as normal by giving them more respect than others that are around them.

The leaven that is manifest within the 501(c)(3) corrupt Church system is the pastoral license that is thrown in the faces of others. These “men of God” deem themselves as entitled to take from others with their special discounts and freebies they think they deserve. Instead of being a servant to everyone, they believe everyone is in service to them.

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles LORD IT OVER THEM, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave – Matthew 20:25-27

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Being a respecter of persons is treating others with higher esteem than those who do not have the same station. The world does it with their movie stars, musicians and their religious leaders just to name a few.This is simply idolatry by respecting a person by their looks, dress, abilities, title, education, wealth, etc...

In our society this is a common occurrence, but in the context of the Body of Christ, truth is not determined by man’s traditions, but on the knowledge of the truth. The principles of the Kingdom of God are inherent in His Word.

Giving someone respect based on their personage places a cloak of "infallibility" on them, or group of people allowing for an arrogant spirit to take hold. This is the main cause of the thousands of harlot denominations within the corrupt Church system today.

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “GOD OPPOSES THE PROUD, but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6

Pride goes before destruction, and a HAUGHTY SPIRIT before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18

If you cannot see the epidemic of Church-goers who respect persons within their man-made buildings, then you are blinded in idolatry. The indoctrinated man-made pastor is not the final authority in all matters. The fact is, we are not to respect the person of the poor, nor the person of wealth, but treat all equally as brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to judge in righteousness, not in the unrighteousness of the world's system.

We should be on guard against those who are prideful and arrogant in their hearts glorifying men instead of God. We must be vigilent in adhering to the principles of the Kingdom of God as taught by Jesus Christ and the Apostles.

So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show NO PARTILALITY, but truly teach the way of God. – Luke 20:21

And from those who seemed to be influential (WHAT THEY WERE MAKES NO DIFFERENCE TO ME; GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. – Galatians 2:6

Do you partake in a religion system where its foundation are built upon the respecters of men?

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graceinus 19 months ago from those of the Ekklesia

Great article PandN- Many years ago when I uses to "attend church" there was often time seats in the front row pews which were reserved for individuals. Also reserved seats were set aside for leaders of the church who always sat in the same seat in the front row. Even then I did not agree with the idea of people being treated special unless the individual was in some way physically or metally handicaped and reserved seats were needed. Or in the case of a funeral service were family members of the deceased were placed in the front row. But in any way its the idea of respect was there.

This idea of respect for the clergies even goes outside the areas of churches. I have noted in many so called christian articles in Hubpages where many who write articles address themselves as Rev, Dr. Bishop, Paster or what ever they use to identify them as some form of clergy as if they should be intitled to some from of higher respect or by using there title, so that respect to their article is due. As if their title adds authority to their article. Well many by now should know that their title mean nothing to me. And I've bumped heads with a number of them.

When a so called clergy expects respect because of their title then it's a sign of self pride on the part of that individual. Their belief is their title entitles them to a certain level of respect which they believe they deserve because they believe they have earned the right to be respected. It's simplely self pride. These are what churches are made from, "PRIDE."

Good article and many blessings.


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Rich kelley 19 months ago from The Ekklesia

Aaron

Nice reminders of things as they were and I'm sure haven't changed. Almost every topic you have covered I've seen rationalized by the participants on both sides of the deception.

Thanks

Rich


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Michael-Milec 19 months ago

Voted interesting.

Interesting in a sense that in the 'church system' is being red the same scriptures , including your quotes, and being preached in political correctness based upon volumes of man-made exegesis only to prove the 'deception ' is the way of true functioning. Sadly, masses accept and believe ,- blindly following blind leaders. What bothers me more is that those in the 'criticized' churches are hungry for God, searching for 'the way of salvation' - and do they find it elsewhere ? Is there any true and living system?Just asking...

Peace with us.


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PlanksandNails 19 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Graceinus,

Those who are brothers and sisters in Christ are not part of a pecking order, but hose who are members of the Church system identify themselves based on their status. They particularly like using special honorary titles, such as Reverend, Senior Pastor, Bishop, Pope, Cardinal, Rabbi, Father, Apostle, Pastor, Doctor, Professor, Preacher, etc... These are the spiritual celebrities that make a name for themselves by adding titles to their names.

God does not move among people who put themselves or others on pedestals.

In contrast, when reading through the New Testament, the Ekklesia did not allow themselves to elevated among each other with hierarchal expressions, but considered everyone equal as brethren.

The Ekklesia used functional terms among each other, such as labourer, brother, fellow-worker, beloved, slave, fellow-servant, prisoner, fellow-soldier, steward, etc...

Thank-you for your comment. God Bless.


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PlanksandNails 19 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Rich,

When men take the reigns instead of Jesus Christ, the result is the Church system. Many fail to see this as they have rationalized in their minds that this is normal through their indoctrination. They believe elitism is earned through formally training in a seminary by man's ways instead of the spirit of Christ.

We should put our confidence in what the Hoy Spirit teaches, but by man’s standards this is unacceptable and will they deem those in opposition to their ways as uneducated, untrained and unworthy of being acknowledged as a "special" formal title, nor having any theological "authority" in spiritual matters..

In contrast, the fellow brethren in Jesus Christ are not taught in the schools of men because their authority, ability and confidence comes from the Holy Spirit.

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. - Acts 4:13

Any title that is attached to any man’s name is a distraction from the pre-eminence of our King, Jesus Christ and makes men the respecters of persons.

We are all called to be servants, which excludes any self-exaltation.


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PlanksandNails 19 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Michael,

You are correct that those in the Church system quote the same verses, but it is of utmost importance to know how people groups define their words. One particular word will have many different meanings. The modern Christian may speak the same language as a disciple of Jesus Christ using the same words, but how they define them and put them into action are completely different.

I disagree that those within the Church system hunger for God. They hunger for man's ways and their traditions and that is what draws them in through her doors. They have mastered lip service, but deny truth in their actions.

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in SPIRT AND TRUTH, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. - John 4:23

True worship of God is not just in spirit, but this is the epitome of what the Church system does. All those who attend churches are respecter of persons. Everything evolves around them. There is no way to skirt around this obvious sin and this is what their foundations are built upon. Every denomination is birthed on men who give and receive favouritism and partiality. Isn't it obvious? Self-titled ecclesiastical hirelings are deemed to be the "special" mediators between the people and God. They usurp the role of Jesus Christ.

The Church system is pagan and Romanized. All of their roads lead to Rome.

I choose to Jesus Christ on the narrow path.

You ask, "Is there any true and living system?"

You can be sure there is. The reason many do not find it is that they don't seek first the Kingdom of God, but man's kingdom instead. If you are in man's kingdom you will be blind and will never find the Kingdom of God unless you come out of the harlot system.

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” - Luke 17:20-21

Those within the Church system have no clue what Jesus Christ was saying, just as the Pharisees back then being blinded in their traditions.


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Michael-Milec 19 months ago

Well, rhetoric continues, and sometimes goes like spanking an ignorant kid: ' you say they are hungry for God' ""I SAY- I disagree..." Dear Sir, we both know better than that, we both are ' quoting scriptures' - at least on FB, as the one Luke 17:20.21. OK my formation of sentences are not in most correct English, however no one in the world would be able to convince me that people going to 'churches' are all the same without hungering and thrusting for God and His righteousness... I've been there I have lived among them, communicated with them and then compared to those who separated themselves from "them" by more sophisticated talk and putting themselves higher then the others, creating "new" better names... all that is here in this world... After God's grace brought me to this "lend of free' -used to be, even more obvious my search for "true and living system"- continues. The 'Kingdom of God' is what I was/am looking for- the manifestation of Jesus style,- existing circumstances of it, "The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed , and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them." - Jesus speaking ...

Why "those within the Church system have no clue what Jesus Christ was saying...?"- you know the answer ,as well as I do -- they are blinded by the enemy... Perhaps....


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Rich kelley 19 months ago from The Ekklesia

My heart does not want to believe that many of the people including my own children seek after a different Jesus. I have spent time in sorrow that is only a fraction of what God must have felt when moments out of Egypt they built a golden calve. All but a few died in the desert. The sorrow when not long after crossing into the Promised Land, they disobey God and bury treasures in their tents. There are so many examples in just the written Word of God that makes one shake their head and say “how could they”?

We know from the Word that only a remnant come out of the harlot church. We know from the Word that as in birth pains increasing before child birth there is a falling away before the return of Christ. None of this knowledge makes watching what is happening among professing believers easy. Some of us are to encourage those that have come out. Some are to encourage those who need to come out. Some even though they see what is happening in man’s church cannot leave.

The earth will open and consume all that are not on the narrow path. There are no examples of the called out in scripture or followers of Jesus remaining with the Harlot after they have heard the good news.

Below is a worldly example of what I see when I look at Babylon.

When driving with my cruise control set at 50 MPN (the speed limit) I am passed by EVERY car on the road. Some when passing cut me off when coming back into my lane. Some use hand signs to express their intelligence. Every now and then ONE will actually slow down and just follow me at the posted speed limit. No one wants to be obedient to anything. We must pick up our cross DAILY and die to what we want.

While at the posted speed limit I see flashing blue lights ahead. I notice all the cars around me are suddenly keeping pace with me. As we pass the officer who has pulled over a car for something, (speeding ??) it is not seconds later that the cars are back to passing me like I am parked. If these people were to look Christ in the eyes they would slow down and listen, but only for a brief while, then they would be back on the road doing what is important to their flesh. Some slow down once a week to sit and be told what they should believe. This doesn’t work because as soon as they exit the building they are back in their cars speeding down the road.

There is not one stone left upon another. The temple has been destroyed. Rebuilding of the building is a spit in the face of God and the shed blood of Christ. The building is today’s golden calf the system that man wants to worship despite their departure from Egypt. We can only pray that the Lord will open the eyes of the blind.

Isa_59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, And we grope as if we had no eyes; We stumble at noonday as at twilight; We are as dead men in desolate places.


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PlanksandNails 19 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Michael,

((“however no one in the world would be able to convince me that people going to 'churches' are all the same without hungering and thrusting for God and His righteousness...”))

There are many who sincerely “love” God within the Church system, but it is their human desires that make all their efforts vain. Peter had the same desire by wanting to build something for Moses, Elijah and Jesus, which would have been three tabernacles. Today, there are hundreds of thousands.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make THREE tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” – Matthew 17:4

Today, the result is that people by the hordes flock into buildings seeking spiritual men that have built tabernacles for themselves. The people end up worshiping ecclesiastical men instead of God. We should take heed of God’s response,

“This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; LISTEN TO HIM!” – Matthew 17:5

The manifestation of listening to Jesus Christ would result in leaving what people believe to be “good” and seeing that it is quite the opposite.

I saw NO TEMPLE in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. – Revelation 21:22

Worshipping the true Jesus is not about an institutionalized religious building, or temple that has been constructed by men. The “temple of Christ” that men have built for themselves is just another tower of Babel that is in disobedience to God.

Jesus said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will build it again," meaning Himself. This is extremely offensive to those whose lives revolve around their Church buildings because the believe they are “hungering and thirsting for righteousness.” I know, I was part of this deceptive system for most of my life.

It was never God's intention for men to create special religious buildings to worship Him. The Israelite’s having a king was never His intention either (1 Samuel 8:4-7). The reason they wanted a king was to look like the world. Today, it is no different in the Church system where they have become “like all the other nations” desiring a pastor-king other than Jesus Christ to lead them and defend them (1 Samuel 8:19-20).

There is no way around it, we must seek FIRST the Kingdom of God. Any other way is the wide road.


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PlanksandNails 19 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ Author

Rich,

(("There are so many examples in just the written Word of God that makes one shake their head and say “how could they”?"))

I even look back and wonder how could have be so deceived. Man-made religion consists of spiritual forces at work determined to deceive. There is a point where God opened my spiritual eyes to see the illusion of reality of what I thought was truth. To be blunt, it is quite shocking!

When we obtain certain knowledge, it will either bind, or free us. We wonder how we could have been duped and been so blind! Knowledge can either bind, or free us. Many stubbornly cling to certain knowledge and are stubborn in not repenting of what has been shown them. They have no desire to seek out new informations because indoctrination has been etched in their minds being content with their form of "truth."

We need to come to a point in realizing that we know nothing. We must deny ourselves and let Christ be our Teacher and set us free from our own bubbles that we live in.

To follow Christ is to get a revelation from Him. Unfortunately, most follow after one of the hundreds of thousands of religions of "Jesus Christ." Saul of Tarsus received a revelation, and in the similar fashion, this is what happens to all who choose to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Just like Paul, we also can be freed from the religion of self-help programs and learn the way of way of self-sacrifice through the grace of Jesus Christ.

The religion of self-respecters is one of SELF, but Jesus Christ calls us to die to ourselves and follow him. It is only through this death that we are free from obligation and the slavery of being bound to man's knowledge and ways. Being led by the spirit of Christ is never about our natural preferences, or based on what we would like to believe. This is hard for the Church minion to come to terms with.

‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. - Revelation 3:19

Here is the key to understanding the vain religious works of the man-made system of Church.

Whenever people are like-minded speaking the same religious language, working together to build something ON EARTH, the result will be scattered and confused people. God MUST do this in judgement because the lukewarm mixture of what is true and false must be separated to reveal what is and what is NOT of Him.

“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins - Revelation 18:4


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