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The Twisted Hierarchical Agenda of the Institutional Church System

Updated on April 10, 2018
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In the modern church system today, there is hierarchy. Ecclesiastical church men rule over their denominational members and use Scripture to support their notions. Unfortunately, all who partake of the harlot church system are completely unaware that they have been deceived into believing fabrications of God’s word.

This series will cover church titles and words such as 'deacon,' 'office,' 'bishop' and 'elder' and then move on to 'presbytery,' 'the house of God,' 'rule,' 'over,' 'obey,' 'submit,' 'discipleship' and 'leadership.' These words are commonly found in the English translations of Scripture.

Unfortunately, with most of the modern Bible versions today, certain words have been deliberately mistranslated or paraphrased to redefine the Greek to promote a paradigm of ecclesiastical hierarchy.

Religious hirelings believe they are called and have the divine right by God to create a mandated religious man-driven controlled environment and call it 'worship.' These men assert their authority overs while at the same time making a living off of their backs.

If you have an interlinear Bible or a Greek lexicon, the evidence will speak for itself exposing the religious notions and corruptions of the institutional church system based on mistranslated words and paraphrases found in Scripture.


For they that have used the OFFICE OF A DEACON well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. – 1 Timothy 3:13 KJV

The 'office of a deacon' is not a translation, but a paraphrase of the Greek word 'diakaneo' [1247], which means to serve. Religious hired hands have butchered and twisted this verse to mean a hierarchical office when the word has never implied a ruling office, but loving service like that of a slave to his master.

The following evidence will make a glaringly obvious point when the paraphrase 'office of a deacon' is put in as a replacement of the meaning of 'diakaneo.'

And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and MINISTERED (diakoneo) unto them. – Matthew 8:15

Even as the Son of man came not to be MINISTERED (diakoneo) unto, but to MINISTER (diakoneo), and to give his life a ransom for many. – Matthew 20:28

If we substitute 'serve' with 'office of a deacon' from the above Scripture references, the words of Christ sound nonsensical and even silly.

And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and used the OFFICE OF THE DEACON unto them.

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to use the OFFICE OF THE DEACON, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron.
Salaried-to-serve is an oxymoron.

This substitution game can be played wherever the Greek word 'diakaneo' is found with the man-made paraphrases and the results are laughable for the glaringly obvious reason that 'serving' is not a seat of authority, a job, nor an office, but an unselfish act of love of a laid down life.

If you are helping someone and expecting something in return, you are doing business, not kindness.

Within the hierarchical ruling church system, the 'office of the deacon' is normally reserved only for the man. If we are to believe the paraphrase that was purposefully inserted, then woman are not allowed to hold an office. If 'diakanos' is properly translated as servant in every instance, then their man-made notions are unjustified as all brethren are called to 'serve.'

"I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a SERVANT (diakonos) of the ekklesia which is at Cenchrea…" – Romans 16:1


What you may find surprising is that the word 'office' has no connection anywhere in the New Testament Greek text. The supposed 'infallible' King James Bible uses it in five different places implying 'office' rather than 'servitude.'

Have a read to the following verse and then think about the manifestation of it within the four-walled religious system called 'church.'

For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I MAGNIFY MINE OFFICE – Romans 11:13 KJV

The word that comes to my mind is arrogance. The fact is that nowhere in the New Testament is 'diakonia' translated as 'mine office.'

The full counsel of multiple Scripture references reveals the greater sense of meaning without reading verses through the lens of a twisted denominational hierarchical agenda.

But Martha was cumbered about much SERVING, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to SERVE alone? bid her therefore that she help me. – Luke 10:40

Martha was not magnifying her office with a salaried vocation, but was freely doing a humble service for others.

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same OFFICE (praxin) – Romans 12:4 KJV

'Office' is starting to sound like an official tenure doesn’t it?

The definition of the Greek word 'praxis' has nothing to do with an office, but describing a function of doing something as part of the body of Christ. Each member will have different functions, but it doesn’t imply that they have to be religious officiates who hold a church office by title.

If we are to believe the notions of hirelings, then relational ministry of servitude is replaced with hierarchical reins instead. Unfortunately, man has chosen the latter as the way of doing things.

"For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the DEEDS (praxis) of the body, you will live." – Romans 8:13 NKJV

Here we find the use of 'praxis' in its proper context. To use 'office' as a replacement would sound ridiculous.

The plain fact is that 'office' has no relationship whatsoever to the community of the ekklesia in the original Greek texts.

'Priest’s office' (hierateia) can be found in Luke 1:9 and Hebrews 7:5, but a special priest class is a foreign concept to the ekklesia as the old covenant of a select priesthood has been abolished and replaced with a priesthood of all believers.

Today, what is called 'service' is the work of a salaried officials in the context of a religious service called 'church.' This is nothing like the example set forth in Scripture where the ekklesia where faithful to Christ who freely served the needs of others, whether it was in their homes or out in the streets. There was no such thing as an altar, pews, pulpits, clergy and laity who were trying to build a denominational brand-name for themselves.

The true ekklesia are not trying to build four-walled environments called 'church,' but are serving and encouraging others by following the example of Christ.

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a SERVANT (doulou), and was made in the likeness of men: - Philippians 2:7

Many are blinded to the fact that Christ's service on earth was not about an office or hierarchical position, but one of a bondservant [doulou].

Ecclesiastical men have changed the meaning of the word 'serve' away from the example of Christ who washed the feet of his fellow brethren.

Bishop T.D. Jakes wants your money.
Bishop T.D. Jakes wants your money.


This is a true saying, If a man desire the OFFICE OF A BISHOP, he desireth a good work. – 1Timothy 3:1 KJV

When we hear the word 'bishop' today, we often think of an official in religious garb or a piece on a chessboard. Of course, the office goes hand-in-hand with the title. Again, the 'office of the bishop' does not represent the meaning in the original Greek texts, but exposes the King James’ translators who were commanded to obey the rules of translation that were given to them.

Translator bias for the purpose of keeping the ecclesiastical form of the institutional church system added words and ideas into Scripture that did not exist.

The word translated to bishop [episkopos] in the Greek means 'to tend' or 'oversee.'

This saying is trustworthy: "If anyone aspires to be an OVERSEER (episkopos), he desires a noble work." – 1 Timothy 3:1 HCSB

To be an 'overseer' does not necessitate and office of superiority over others because it does not imply a job description or an office title. It simply means someone who has been given the ability by the Holy Spirit to see the needs of others and tend to those needs.

Can you see the striking difference in translation from an overlord to caregiver?

The noble work is serving in the community of the ekklesia, not an esteemed hierarchical salaried position.

Christ's rebuke of his disciples was of their desire to be first. Their motivation was not out of love, but self-promotion. Paul, like Christ laid down his life in service to others that led to martyrdom for the sake of the ekklesia. Paul thought little about his promotion because his thoughts were about fighting the fight and running the race to completion. The testament of Paul reveals that he was not a superintendent, but a caregiver [episkopos] who functioned as one who was spiritually mature among his brethren. The evidence is irrefutable because the manifestation of his maturity was the selfless and unselfish care for the needs of others.

The concept of a bishop as a ruler came from Ignatias in the 2nd century. He made a distinction from the bishop (overseer) and an elder (someone who is older and wiser) putting great emphasis on obedience to bishops. This is where the different classes of clergy-laity started to spread as the man-made church system infiltrated the world.

As the yeast spread, the 'Mother Church' and her harlot daughters would have a head bishop who was the umbrella over the other bishops in the surrounding towns, cities and villages. The hierarchical web grew as even more elite titles were created such as archbishop, cardinals and a pope. These offices are completely foreign concepts to the original Greek texts.

Today, the hierarchical ladder of the Catholic Church and her harlot daughters are divided into denomination administrative districts borrowed from the system of Roman government from the 1st century. The ruling religious classes seek to gain power within their man-made cathedrals making themselves as the power of God.

The shaping of the man-made church and its leaders are a spawn of Satan. Christ stated, 'My kingdom is not of this world.'

For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his BISHOPRICK (episkopes) let another take. - Acts 1:20 KJV

From reading this above verse the term 'bishoperick' seems to sound like an official title, especially when reading through indoctrinated lenses. This is far from the truth as the term means 'visitation,' not an 'office.'

Throughout the Old Testament 'visitation' applied to the judgment of God on the nations.

"If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side, and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your VISITATION (episkope)." - Luke 19:42-44 WEB

Christ selected the apostles for the purpose of being the testimony against the rulers of their day, yet the irony is that the religious church system has taken on the same principles as the secular world.

The testament set forth in Scripture was an example to all believers. It as a divine testimony against what is called 'church' today when Scripture is read in its proper context.

"And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, FOR A TESTIMONY AGAINST them and the Gentiles." - Matthew 10:18

Those among the ekklesia are to attest to a new Kingdom with a new King. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. It will be inevitable that the governors and kings of the church system will hate those who oppose them. To follow Christ will often be a thankless job rewarded with stripes, suffering, imprisonment and even death. We know this by the testimony of the saints within the pages of Scripture.

"For I will show him how many things he must SUFFER FOR MY NAME’S SAKE" - Acts 9:16

"For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, LAST, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men." – Acts 4:9

The early ekklesia knew the fellowship of the sufferings of others. The worldly church has no understanding of the functions of the ekklesia as they jump first in line to rule and lord over the people for selfish gain by changing the meaning of the Greek words that were divinely inspired. They do not want to glorify the King of kings as they want to be the kings themselves.


The word 'elder' is translated from the Greek word 'presbuteros.' What you may find interesting is that elder (presbyter) is an adjective, not a noun. It describes a person who is advanced in maturity in age and wisdom. Those within the harlot church system imply that an elder is a title. You would think among the 54 translators of the King James version Bible that they would have been able to easily figure this out. They probably knew, but they were commanded to adhere to King James’ injunction upon them.

'Presbuteros' was changed. It was formerly translated as 'priest' by the papacy to 'elder' by Tyndale’s translation; however, most give a hierarchical connotation to it. The Catholic Church has been guilty of making 'presbuteros' (elder) into a priestly office to the ignorance of their followers. It is a deliberate misleading of a translation of a word to justify a practice to suit a religious man-made system. The mistranslated word 'priest' was substituted in the place of the Greek word 'presbuteros' with the literal meaning of an aged person.

The following evidence will prove this.

And when they had ordained to them PRIESTS (presbuteros) in every church (ekklesia), and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed. – Acts 14:23 DRB

Notice the word 'priest' has replaced 'elder.'

The question is, what do you do when both 'priest' and 'elder' occur in the same verse somewhere else in Scripture?

And being let go, they came to their own company, and related all that the chief PRIESTS (archiereis) and ANCIENTS (presbuteros) had said to them. – Acts 4:23 DRB

It should be obvious by referencing the Greek that translators of the Latin Vulgate replaced words to suit their antichrist hierarchical priestcraft when referring to the new covenant Scriptures. The violations of the laws of interpretation are obvious.

When most read Scripture, they have been duped by translation into believing in the model of leadership that was foreign to the testament of the early ekklesia. Church clergy say, 'do as I say' rather than the genuine model of 'do as I do.' The first century ekklesia had elders who demonstrated servitude and love leading by example. They did not rule over the people as most do in the modern church system today.

Again, we have another crafty mistranslation meant to bring a mandated control over people.

"Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, OVER (en) which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood." – Acts 20:28

This is a deliberate mistranslation as the Greek preposition (en) means 'among' as it is used in the correct way 2,700 times in the New Testament.

You will find nowhere else in Scripture where 'en' means 'over' in the context of leadership.

The words of Peter should make things crystal clear.

Not domineering OVER (katakurieuo) those in your charge, but being examples to the flock – 1 Peter 5:3

Someone who domineers is a behaviour that is typical of a lord exercising their authority over their minions. The Greek the verb 'kata' means 'down' and 'kurieuo' means to 'exercise lordship.'

To drive home the point Christ said,

But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it OVER (katakurieuo) them, and their great ones exercise authority OVER them. – Matthew 20:25

Elders should be examples of humble servants who lead by the example of love understanding that the one who is great is the servant just as the Son of man came to be a servant giving his life as a ransom.

There are no dictators in the body of Christ. There is no authoritarianism (1 Peter 5:3).

An elder (presbuteros) in the first century was an elderly person who was recognized for their humble service.

Brothers, join in IMITATING ME, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the EXAMPLE you have in us. – Philippians 3:17

Not domineering over those in your charge, but being EXAMPLES (ginomai) to the flock. – 1 Peter 5:3

The word 'generate' comes from the Greek word 'ginomai' that means to bring into being. It is the power to energize and inspire people by example. It is the example of Christ and the apostles that should point to and inspire us to greater service. The principles of the Kingdom of God that apply to us today are upside down to the model of the world. There is no thought of ruling over others, but serving them.

The manners, gestures and behaviours of those in the modern church system are antichrist as they have replaced the genuine model of Christ for the one of their own making. Following corrupt, entitled, self-centred, salaried, religious men will not bring the life changing power of the Holy Spirit, but put people into bondage.

Christ is our ultimate example. When we see him for who he truly is, it will transform us into his likeness where the spirit of the Father will tabernacle within us. Without the power of his example, all that is left will be tyrannical reins of church men.

The true body of Christ, the ekklesia is not institutional, but relational in a social and family context. Grandparents are the elders (presbuteros) who are mature in age who have spiritual wisdom to impart to others. They are in a position to be an example in their behaviours and words. We imitate them because we can see the maturity of Christ within them.

In the counterfeit institution called 'church,' the idea of family does not come out of love for our Father in heaven, but is about power and control over others.

Do not rebuke an OLDER MAN (presbuteros) but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, OLDER WOMEN (presbuteros) as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. – 1 Timothy 5:1-2

Do you see anything institutional in this passage?

I guess that depends if you have been indoctrinated or not.

What does father, brothers, mothers and sisters mean to you?

Most believe in the institutionalized meanings that have been seared upon their minds to mean a prestigious office and title. The relational has been displaced with the institutional. Hierarchy demands supreme leaders who sits upon their thrones bilking people of their time, money and energy believing that that was the model that Christ and the apostles left for us.

Timothy was instructed to relate to the elderly with honour and respect as he would with his father. In the hierarchical institutional church, it would be a compromise for someone who has been given an esteemed title to call someone their senior.

To the contrary, we should be part of a family that esteems others as better than ourselves as normal behaviour.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but IN HUMILITY count others more significant than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3

The greatest enemy of family is the religious institution called church defies the principles of the Kingdom of God and the example of Christ and the apostles.

Proper Translation makes a difference. Correct translation: Explosive Detection Dog
Proper Translation makes a difference. Correct translation: Explosive Detection Dog

Please go on and read Part 2 of this series that will cover more words and phrases such as 'presbytery,' 'the house of God,' 'to rule over,' 'obey,' 'to submit,' 'discipleship' and 'leadership.' The evidence will expose the church system for what it is all about and the deception that many have fallen for because words have been planted in Scripture to mean the opposite of the intended meanings.

Can you see the deception of the English translated words used in the KJV Bible?

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      Neil Braithwaite 

      2 years ago

      Aaron - Keep those messages coming!

      The truth is highly offensive and very threatening to those who associate with "man's church." Those within man's church will fight to keep their prominent positions in their corporate system and will protect their false doctrines at all costs - just as the Jewish leaders did in Yahshua's day.

      Everything that is happening today was foretold and warned about in the New Testament. False teachers have thoroughly infiltrated the ekklesia to a point where the bride of Yahshua Messiah looks nothing like he originally established. And it is only going to get worse. The attacks on those seeking, finding and proclaiming the truth will become greater and even violent in the end - but the truth will prevail!

      Continue on with your ministry my brother and do not lose heart; and rest assured that you are on the side of truth - and Yahweh IS TRUTH!

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      The good thing is that Oz reads these hubs. The comments made, well we can only hope.

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      2 years ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Rich- Try reading Oz hub titled The Jesus Hoax. Then you'll see why he's one of many anti-christs. It's going to be very difficult to repent when he doesn't even believe in Jesus.

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia

      John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

      Oztinato your problem (and others that agree with your statement) is not the fundamentalist making the claim that there is only one way, but the Son of God Himself. To compare the Son of God to anything going on in the world is the act of a blind man trying to describe something they have never seen. There are two things that can be going on, 1) you are blind and cannot see or 2) you have seen and know exactly the distortion you are bringing to the conversation. Your challenge of what has been said is no different than one of the first challenges made by the deceiver in the garden. "Did God really say?" In this case Yes Oztinato (and on lookers) there is only one way His name is Jesus Christ, may you find Him now.

      The Father of the prodigal son killed the fatted calf, only after the son repented of the worldly ideas and actions. You to can repent and be received by the Father.

      Luke 15:22 "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.

      We are His servants and welcome any repentant sinner. The contrast is that should you remain in your worldly deception, sinners are not welcome in the house of God, without repentance there is no forgiveness of sin. Your faith must be that Christ will forgive your sins, not any and all behavior is welcome.

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      2 years ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Oz- Because you are one of many anti-christ's out there, makes it easy for me not to listen to you. Just like many other anti-christ's out there, you have your own agenda.

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      Andrew Petrou 

      2 years ago from Brisbane


      if a fundamentalist keeps claiming there is only one way (their way!) they are doing the same thing as Daesh holding up one finger telling the world only "their way is the right way. "

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      2 years ago


      Its amazing how words can be manipulated. The Greek word paratithémi [3908] from Acts 14:23 can also mean, I set before, serve, or to entrust to. Throw in priest and ordained into the mix you have a mistranslated twisted text to support the unbiblical priest-clergy class.

      It's amazing when evidence is placed right in front of someone that they cannot see, or even acknowledge it and even outrightly deny it. They resort to name calling and slander all the while preaching their man-made ecumenical "love, tolerance" doctrines to others.

      Jesus summed these types in one sentence,

      DISREGARD THEM! They are BLIND guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit." - Matthew 5:14

      When things don't register, it is a result of their willful ignorance, or spiritual schotoma.

      What if someone says to you, "Please pass the the salt," but the response from the person you are asking is, "I don't know where it is, I can’t find the salt." You say, "it's right in front of you," but they respond the same way again over and over again. Eventually you get up and grab the salt right in front of them and say, "Look, dummy, it’s right here in front of you." If you were telling them that there was a venomous snake in front of them, they would have been bitten! When they say, "I can’t see it," they gave their brain a command to willfully not see the salt.

      In psychology this is called schotoma.

      Unfortunately, indoctrination limits what one can see, but with the help of the Holy Spirit the blinders come off and what is in plain site cannot be denied. Only a fool will not and cannot acknowledge the clear evidence presented, but instead manifest their schotoma and cognitive dissonance.

      There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true. The second is to refuse to accept what is true. Some of the foolish commentary here reflects this.

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia


      A member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity.

      I have noticed that whenever the clergy laity system in churches today is exposed using scripture the response more often than not is “PHARISEE”.

      I have not seen any ancient Jewish sect people publishing hubs. The traditional and how it affects the written law is what should be of concern. In time oral tradition is written down, thus becoming the law.

      A good example today would be to look at the Cannon Laws of the Catholic Church, a sprinkling of scripture with a river of man’s traditional beliefs. Another good example is all of the written laws of each and every denomination out there they are full of traditional and (Man’s) written laws.

      How ironic for these people to point their finger at someone discussing scripture, not the traditions of men and think Pharisee. Other famous lines by those blinded in tradition are: “by what authority do you say such things”? “Where is your religious sheep skin”?

      All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Really Paul, you know all people? It is not the people that one needs to be aware of but the life style or traditions of men being discussed. Christ had compassion on the women for her act of adultery yet still said “go and sin no more” as his departing statements to her. He did not say “it matters not what you do, go and continue at whatever pleases you”.

      Luke 8:7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.

      It would seem today that those claiming to consume the seed of God's word, can't tell the difference between plants and thorns. No wonder with all the definition changes that are going on out there.

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      Rich Kelley 

      2 years ago from The Ekklesia


      Thanks for the article and your way of presenting the information. I appreciate very much your time and effort to present what has been going on from the time of Paul, Peter, John, James, Jude, Matthew, Luke and Mark.

      Today as then everyone thinks what happened then couldn't possibly be going on today. Today they have scripture that has been doctored and changed to support what ever the ruling class wants it to support. Look at all that have bibles and still the religious support any lifestyle and surgical/medical alterations to the human bodies. Look at the total disregard for children in the womb.

      looking at specific words as you have, sheds light on what many people have incorrectly taken as truth. It is a shame that one would have to explain the simplicity of a word yet the documented proof that you have given here shows the truth is often hidden by the the manipulator.

      I've not much to add but you did get me thinking. Using one of the scriptures you used.

      Act 14:23 (14:22) And when they had ordained to them priests in every church and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, in whom they believed. (DRB)

      You made a good point about the word translated priest. I have had a problem with the word often translated as "Ordained" or "Appointed" that proceed the mistranslated word Priest. It assumes that Paul or Mark had the POWER to appoint who was going to be in charge. A better translation (to me) would be to select, choose, or best of all recognize. Notice the scripture says when "THEY" had, it was more than one person and they were not appointing the next salaried position in the body. Neither were they appointing the next position of power. I'm sure the group who ever they was, decided based on time, age, servitude attitude etc. whom should be recognized as an elder.

      Thanks for your continued efforts


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      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      yes God requires Christians to expose those wolves who profess to be Christians. you profess to be but are not of God so we cannot have anything to do with you.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A good man stands in judgment of others. I wonder if that is what God wants.

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      2 years ago


      With each comment you become more foolish. The irony of your words reveals your complete and utter lack of understanding of Scripture. You say that you “preach,” but as Paul stated,

      O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the IRREVERENT BABBLE and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you. – 1 Timothy 6:20-21

      Did you even read the article?

      It states that ALL of God’s people are a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9); therefore, there are NO distinctions of clergy and laity. Clergy-laity is unbiblical.

      Followers of Jesus Christ have different gifts, yet they are ALL servants. Each gift is a function, NOT a position. ALL are brothers and sisters in Christ, brethren.

      Paul considered himself a brother, fellow servant and fellow laborers with ALL believers among the ekklesia.

      It was not until the 3rd century that clergy were employed to designate special status within the corrupt “church” system. The profession of full-time ministers “salaried-to-serve” became the norm creating the special elite separate class of clergy. The hierarchical mindset is seared upon the minds of many as every “church” minster loves to tote their titles.

      Jesus (Yahshua) warned against such titles when he saw the corruption of the scribes and Pharisees.

      But you are NOT to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your SERVANT. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. “But woe to you, SCRIBES AND PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you, scribes and PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. – Matthew 23:8-15

      There are many passages such as 1 Corinthians 12-14 and Romans 12 that emphasize brotherhood, not classes.

      Any further comment posted by you here will be promptly deleted.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And we get your point but you espouse idiocy when you group together and make rash generalizations. All clergy are evil. Really. You know each one? You live in a fantasy world of absolutes.

      I will love my son today and read him Gospel. I preach. You are a pharisee.

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      2 years ago from those of the Ecclesia

      Oz- It's clear to me that you have no understanding of God's word. And clearly you don't understand the point PlankandNails is trying to make. All man made churches are teach false doctrine. Clergies are in this for the money and use their "positions" to get it and nothing more. The greater the false doctrine lie, the greater amount of money the clergies get. The chatholic church is one of the best examples of filthy greed by the clergy. And there are MANY out there who are to blind to see it.

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      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      oz, you have surely drunk the kool aid if the churches of men. have you checked the scriptures given, or have you decided that you cannot be wrong?

      Who cares what athiests & other non Christians think? they will continue on their path no matter what we do. They have rejected God and therefore God has sent them the strong delusion and now all they can see as truth are their own lies,

      Any one including those professing Christianity that are not filled with the Holy Spirit cannot understand the things of God so of what eternal value is what they think?

      Any real Christian, one who desires scriptural truth, regardless of the cost, will check what is presented against scripture as evidenced by misquotes, twisted, incomplete or non appliqable use of scripture. have you done this?

      one of the most important things i learned early on was sent to me by God through a man i could not stand. the natural reaction was yeah right you have a word for me from God but knowing how God works with me i said go ahead and give it to me. he did, I thanked him and went to ask God to confirm or deny it, He confirmed it and boy have I been happy that i listened.

      there is ONLY ONE correct understanding of scripture , that is why we are told there are to be no divisions in HIS CHURCH. wE HAVE to be of one accord. there is only one Holy Spirit. He will bring us into ALL truth, theere is no other way.

      if two Christians disagree then BOTH must consider that either or both of them might be wrong and search the scriptures with the Holy Spirit until the truth is found ad then embrace it. there is no other way. picking up your marbles and go start another denomination is what APOSTATE MEN always do but not to be so with real Christian men.

      A true disciple of Christ never teaches another man's words. before deciding on each issue he wil have sat down with the scriptures and the Holy Spirit and learned the CORRECT understanding of that scripture. My personal belief is that i cannot teach anything that I am not willing to stake my life on-- as it has been and may be again.

      Chrstians serve God and the brethren, who do you serve, your church or God?

      This hub is truth and will be confirmed by the HS if you let him.

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      Andrew Petrou 

      2 years ago from Brisbane

      Atheists love these sorts of hubs because it pits believers against each other and justifies atheist arguments against religion as intolerant. So such hubs are damaging to the cause of real Christianity by spreading intolerance.

      Epic Fail.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago


      Thanks for the encouragement, it is appreciated.

      God Bless.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago


      One reason people throw tantrums is that they want to be heard. Being loud and animated is a way they are used to getting attention. As an adult, it’s OK to express emotion, but in an appropriate way. Acting like a toddler out of frustration is normal for a two-year old and usually disappears by their fourth birthday for most.

      As an adult there is a better way to react. You may be able to get away with your behaviours in your own home, but it won't jive here. Obviously your concern is not about discerning God's Word.

      In Proverbs, the scoffer, the worst form of fool is not only to be avoided, but is to be driven away.

      Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out, and quarreling and abuse will cease. - Proverbs 22:10

      Wise people treasure knowledge, but the babbling of a fool invites disaster. - Proverbs 10:14

      FYI, this article is posted under theological discussion, NOT emotional discussion. Discussion is not ad hominem, emotional rants, tantrums, or your ecumenical jibber jabber.

      With that said you have been driven out.

    • celafoe profile image


      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      wow- another home run. Wonderful, complete, easy to understand. Just what is needed. Let the special anointing continue Lord, my brother has the way with words that anyone interested in TRUTH can understand. and those that are not interested in truth will rail against. ( further proof of their inability to understand)

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done. But I am bothered by your preaching. No not something you wrote but by the mere fact that you did it. There just is this fine line that bothers me. You preach and state beliefs as fact. Does the mere fact you do not make a living at it absolve you of guilt? There are ads here to other articles. You published this on a "for profit" publication. Where does God draw the line at hypocrisy? Just how big does the plank in your eye need to be? You simply cannot proclaim and be without vanity. Egotistical vainglory just goes with thinking you have something important to say. We are stuck.


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