Do Ministers Have Authority Over Their Flocks?

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Hi D____,

I hope I can be of some help. You seem to be interested in what the scriptures say as opposed to what the churches teach, so I will try to show you just what they do say in regards to the questions you ask. I am going to refer you to the articles and letters on my page to answer a couple of the questions you ask.

Here is your first question:

Let me assure you, neither I nor this minister, nor anyone else, has dominion over your faith. Here are the scriptures:

Mat 20:25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
Mat 20:26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

And again, Paul also makes this same point:

2Co 1:23 Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth.
2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Paul tells us that he had no “dominion over your faith.” If Paul had no such dominion, where do today’s ministers believe that they have any such authority? Well, there are a couple of egregious and very harmful mistranslations in the book of Hebrews, that have produced many a Christian dictator, both in the political and the ecclesiastical fields over the centuries. Nothing has changed. It is the same today. The spirit of the Nicolaitans is as alive and healthy right in today’s church as it has been from the first century. To answer this question in depth, I am forced by my own time constraints to ask you to read the papers on my site that answer questions concerning the Nicolaitans. If you use the Google search feature we have on the site, and type in ‘Nicolaitans’, you will see a list of articles that will give answer to your questions on this group whose ways God says He hates. If you can see the truth therein, you will never again be brought under the dominion of anyone other than the one and only head of the church, Jesus Christ Himself.

On the other hand, there is scripture that admonishes a bishop to safeguard his flock from those who have no respect for, or fear of the Words of God as revealed in scripture. The fornicator of the Corinthian church was expelled from fellowship in that congregation “because a little leaven leavens the whole lump”. This is not a matter of a minister having dominion over a flock. It is a matter of God’s Word as shown to the congregation by the bishop, having already condemned fornication in the churches of God. The bishop or minister is simply commissioned to reiterate what the scriptures say in such cases. This then becomes an action taken by the entire congregation to purge itself of the corrupting influence of such shameful behavior. This is an entirely scriptural function of a humble servant minister.

Your next question has to do with the so called ‘gift of unknown tongues.’

I deal with this subject in depth in a series of letters in the Tongues section of the letters on the site. These letters will answer any question you may have on this subject. Read these letters. If you still have a question, then get back with me. Click on the above link and check out all these letters on this subject.

Your last question has to do with a dress code in God’s church. I have not written specifically on this subject. It is true that scripture tells us that “it is a shame for a man to have long hair,” and that “if a woman is going to have short hair she might as well be shorn.” It should be obvious from these scriptures that a transvestite is not interested in seeking the mind of God on the subject of how a Christian should appear in public and as a representative of Christ. It is universally declared throughout the writings of the scriptures that those in whom Christ dwells are dying daily to this world and the things that are in it. Those who have Christ in them are never attempting to draw attention to themselves for the purpose of glorifying themselves. It will always be the goal of any who are truly seeking to please their creator, to glorify Christ and be an example of humility and obedience to the words of God. To take these principles of scripture and draw from them exactly how long a woman’s hair must be is not the concern of a minister. To take these principles and say that a woman’s slacks are equal to being a transvestite is absurd. Women’s slacks are both feminine and far more practical and modest than is a dress under certain circumstances. Modesty in dress and in all things is indeed a Biblical principle that has been thrown out the door in many churches desiring to look like the world today. Just because fashion now dictates that all young girls should show as much flesh as human law will allow, is no reason why anyone with the mind of Christ should either dress immodestly, or allow their children to do so. We can neither dictate to one another nor can we pull the wool over the eyes of our Creator. He isn’t even looking on the outward man or woman. He reads our hearts. We should, as his ambassadors, strive to represent Him in all humility both in our relations to one another and in our appearance as those in whom Christ dwells.

I hope this is of some help to you. Let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you.

I will close with two scriptures that I hope bring some balance to this subject:

2Co 10:7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ’s, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ’s, even so are we Christ’s.

But also be aware of this truth:

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

May God give you a whole- hearted desire to seek only to please Him.


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