I can see where this lineage thing had to be hammered on at great length…it is the main nail in the lid on the Holdeman church. Whenever a young man might feel like rising up in disagreement, the lineage rears it’s monstrous head. Let’s say a young un-ordained fellow decides to separate. Deep in his heart he does not respect the path that John Holdeman took, that of receiving his ordination from God instead of the way the Bible commands, by the laying on of hands. So he says to himself, oh, where do I go from here? Let’s see, I am not ordained, therefore, I cannot baptize or ordain others. Let’s see, that means I have to pull an ordained brother away from the church to go with me, so he can carry on the sacred lineage of baptizing and ordaining. He thinks about it for a while and he realizes he does not have one single possibility in mind. He can’t imagine one single ordained brother who would separate and go with him, even if they were of exactly the same mind. hmmmmm, then where to get this coveted ordination? Perhaps he could jump the lineage just a bit and get it from some other anabaptist type preacher, but this defeats the whole purpose of believing in the lineage…it must be true! Like breeding champion Rottweilers, or something. The minute you inject an inferior bloodline, the whole thing is for naught. Well, maybe he could just do away with the lineage, find a nice minister somewhere who can lay hands on him, but then what of the followers he hopes to have, those he must have! He wants members of his church to go with him, that is the whole purpose of separating! If none of them go along with him, he may as well stay where he is, swallow his vomit and go on. So he jams it all back down and sits up straight in the pews, all the while boiling inside. I wonder how many times this pattern has been played out?
Let us remember that in previous posts I have already cast great doubt on the lineage. If the lineage is true, then he has no options. He is held under the lead thumb of the leaders and the specter of the “CHURCH.” It owns him body and soul. He has no power to think for himself, no voice with which to speak. He wants to be a man, but more often than not he finds himself crossing his legs like a woman and cowering. Where is the manly power that once surged within him? Dwindled to a mere wisp. This is very frustrating, especially in light of the fact that his wife is very enthralled with her social life and the approval of her parents, and doesn’t support his radical urges. Another one bites the dust. One more man retires.
The other option is to do away with the lineage and start afresh, just the brother and God. He ponders the possibility of finding a true Christian out there somewhere with whom he could unite. His entire life has been spent fearing and dreading all of the “so-called” Christians in the world. He doesn’t really believe that anyone else in the world is saved. Doubting that the Holdemans are the one true church is not the same as believing that other people are saved. This presents a very distressing dilemma. I am not going to outline the solution to his dilemma right here. But one fact remains; if the lineage is not true, if it cannot be proven, if in fact it is not valid, then everything changes. Where does a man go from here? I will leave it to the man to find out.