- Religion and Philosophy
The Kingdom of God vs.The Kingdoms of Men
There is a striking dissimilarity between those who are citizens of the Kingdom of God and those who are members within the kingdoms of men. Religious men have negated the words of Christ and have missed the simple principle of what qualifies those who will enter into His Kingdom.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever HUMBLES HIMSELF like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. – Matthew 18:3-4
There is only One Lord
In the kingdoms of men called church people put importance on certain individuals according to their spiritual function and therefore apply a grade of significance and loftiness to their roles within their religious systems.
In the Kingdom of God there is a completely different paradigm. Christ never put value on the functions of an individual, but only on their inherent value as a human being. The special responsibilities of men within the church institutions in no way resemble, or represent our identity in Christ.
The failure of many has been to apply different classes, or a ranking system to people and apply it to the Kingdom of God. This is a deception as man-made hierarchical systems have no place in our spiritual lives. Many people falsely consider their pastor, elder, teacher, bishop, etc. to have more access to God than they do because they are of an elevated status, or of special classification in the church system.
The truth is that we all have equal access to God through Christ, and cultivating our relationship him is our own responsibility that does not require a salaried mediator getting in the way. Among the ekklesia, all are servants of God. There are no lords, but only one Lord, Christ our Saviour.
The Last will be First
So the LAST WILL BE FIRST, and the first last.” – Matthew 20:16
Christ as he said these words was making a distinction between those who had a carnal earthly rank to a believer’s role in the Kingdom of God.
Then Peter said in reply, “See, WE HAVE LEFT EVERYTHING AND HAVE FOLLOWED YOU. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, YOU WHO HAVE FOLLOWED ME WILL ALSO SIT ON TWELVE THRONES, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. – Matthew 19:27-29
The Kingdom of God is in direct opposition to earthly ranking because Christ made it clear that those who are considered last in the world would be first in the Kingdom of God. If we really consider this on a deeper level, it includes all those who are self-titled and consider themselves as self-sufficient will be the last to find His Kingdom.
The moment you believe that you are more important than your other brothers and sisters in Christ, you have fallen into pride. Satan’s kingdom is filled with proud religious people who are defined, classified, segregated and ranked according to their importance among men. In this dog eat dog system there is always competition to see who is more worthy, or spiritual than the other so they can move up the ranks. This system is defined by the template of religious traditions and protocols that are filled with rules, regulations, hierarchy and ordinances. There is no freedom that allows the Holy Spirit to move, just a rigid structure of a man-made template.
Lofty Positions and Religious Ordinances
By canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. THIS HE SET ASIDE, NAILING IT TO THE CROSS. HE DISARMED THE RULERS AND AUTHORITIES and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. – Colossians 2:14-15
The modern church strives after their oppressive religious ordinances in order to control people. When Christ died and rose again, he abolished the religious ordinances under the Law.
The true followers of Christ are free from the man-made oppressive doctrines of the church system.
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but IN HUMILITY COUNT OTHERS MORE SIGNIFICANT THAN YOURSELVES. – Philippians 2:3
How many do you know that are more concerned about their lofty positions, titles and reputations?
We are not to be concerned about these things because when we put others first, there is absolutely no need to be elevated, or esteemed. In the Kingdom of God, the servant is the greatest. The Senior Pastor, Reverend, Father, Pope, etc. are terms that only apply in the kingdoms of men. These people who wear religious titles are to be pitied, not worshiped.
The Holy Spirit allows all believers to freely come at their own level with all having the same opportunity as their other brothers and sisters. We are all to grow and mature in Christ by his grace.
When special men are allowed to take the reins in the spiritual lives of others, they are attempting to play God. Satan obliges them as they expand his oppressive system on the earth. The ekklesia are not to focus on the governments of the world, but to seek first the Kingdom of God.
Chain of Command
The citizens of the kingdom of Satan are in rebellion against God’s Kingdom. The hierarchical religious structure of church is controlled by men and demons. Delegation of responsibility and authority is essential in man’s kingdom because no one man can be in more than one place at the same time. In contrast, the Holy Spirit can be at any place and at any time without the control of men because He is omnipresent.
God does not need hierarchy. Man-made hierarchy is simply rebellion against the headship of Christ. The ways of the world cannot be applied to the body of Christ.
All organized religions, denominations, sects that profess Christ with hierarchy are part of Satan’s Kingdom.
Citizenship in the Kingdom of God is not church membership.
The kingdoms men are easily exposed by their hierarchical structure. There will be always be a certain man at the top who oversees a chain of command that delegates his authority on a broader scale. This chain of command looks like a pyramid just like the government systems on the earth.
My Glory I Give to no Other
In the Kingdom of God the ekklesia understand that all authority and salvation has been delegated from the Father to His Son.
I am the LORD; that is my name;
MY GLORY I GIVE TO NO OTHER,
nor my praise to carved idols. – Isaiah 42:8
God alone through His Son. Christ our Saviour builds His ekklesia and takes all the glory for it. Any mere man that wants personal glory for himself is delusional. In the church system mere man will apply legacies to what they have done, but in the Kingdom of God, it is only about what Christ has done.
In the Kingdom of God all of its citizens receive instructions directly from God because He does not share his glory with another. This means that the church system is not of God God does not give His glory to any man, or angel because there is no one like God. When we try to be like God, we do the same as what Satan attempted to do. It is out of pride that we want to take His glory for ourselves.
Hierarchy must imply delegation of authority and power and imposes order on the masses. To the believer, Christ has been given all authority from his Father. When Christ walked the earth, he gave Him all the glory that belongs only to Him. Hierarchy implies substitution Christ for men. This is antichrist.
Those who are overcomers will be granted to sit with Him on His throne and be co-heirs in God’s eternal Kingdom.
The one who conquers, I WILL GRANT HIM TO SIT WITH ME ON MY THRONE, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. – Revelation 3:21
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and INHERIT A SEAT OF HONOR. – 1 Samuel 2:8
Men fail to understand that their religious works are contaminated. We must throw away our pride and humbly come before God and accept His grace through Christ so that we can inherit a seat of honour with him.
When there is no elevated status among men, the principles of the Kingdom of God will be present, meaning that God gets all the glory.
Do you believe that the Kingdom of God requires a man-made hierarchical system?
- Church Government
Submitting to God requires discernment and understanding. It is not about conforming to a religious institutionalized system of the modern “church” where you become a slave to the traditions of man.
- Men with Titles in False Churches
The modern “church” is full of men with titles, but these professional titles that are pinned upon these men do not come from God, but men themselves.
- The Hierarchical Structure of the Modern Church
Many falsely assume that the government of God's people is to be run by the hierarchical structure of the priesthood class even though Jesus Christ eliminated it.