Hierarchy in the Kingdom

Satan’s kingdom is a hierarchical kingdom.  There are clearly defined levels of importance.  You will see this in the systems of the world. In the European royalty, there are the kings, the queens, the princes, the dukes, the earls, the viscounts, etc.  In the government there are the presidents, the senators, the governors, and all have their appointed places and tasks. There is always competition and strife.  There is always someone undermining someone else in the attempt to move higher up the ladder.   Not only is Satan’s kingdom hierarchical  but it is extremely rigid, marked by protocol, rules and ordinances.  This could also simply be defined as “secular.”  In the case of the British monarchy, the amount of protocol and cycling repeat behavior is staggering.  Such things as the changing of the guard seem like pomp and dignity, but in reality they are rigid protocol.  The queen goes to the same castle at Christmas, the same one in the summer, etc.  The rules of how to behave in her presence are strict and unbending.  Satan has no spontaneity or imagination. He cannot perform in the physical world, so therefore he must act out through people.  Any time he has attached himself to a system in order to carry out his agenda you will see this same sort of protocol.  Rules.  Order. Protocol.  Hierarchy.  Systems.  Rules. Some of them make no sense, some are counter productive, but this is the way it must be.  Without God and his Holy Spirit, there will always be rules and protocol.  In the old Testament God had to set up things according to strict protocol.  The sacrifices and holy days had to be carried out according to these rules and ordinances because man was not allowed to be free.  Freedom is too much for a human being to handle unless he has the Spirit of God within him.

But the good news for Christians is that when the Holy Spirit came, he filled each individual Christian with his own portion of light, wisdom and understanding. No more were they bound by protocol. No more can they be condemned for not following the ordinances. In Colossians 2:14 it says  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  

God had held men to the ordinances of this world as long as he had not sent his Son and His Spirit to set them free from this.  These verses tell us that he “spoiled the principalities and powers.”  We are no longer under the principalities and powers of this world.  When Jesus died and resurrected, Satan’s kingdom was cast down, his power was overcome.  He still rules his subjects with rigid rules and hierarchy.  I’m wondering why we still see this hierarchy and protocol.  What do you say before you are allowed to participate in communion (if in fact you are allowed?)  You MUST say “I believe in the doctrines of the church, I am on the grounds of reconciliation, I am at peace with God and man and it is my desire to partake of communion.”  Who made that up?  Who made that the rule?  I think maybe we should take it out of the way and nail it to the cross.  Do away with prescribed behavior and speeches.  I find it rather shocking that you will not be allowed to say that you believe in the doctrines of the bible; you MUST specify the doctrines of the church.  Creepy.  If you question it you will be told that the doctrines of the Church ARE the doctrines of the bible, so in essence this is a declaration that you believe in the one true church. You cannot go  to communion simply by believing in the bible, you must believe in the church.

C. S. Lewis gives a good example of the hierarchy in The Screwtape Letters.  Uncle Screwtape constantly instructs his underlings on how to conduct business. He gives them a peek into the mind of the human being so that they can better manipulate and maneuver them.  Screwtape himself cannot do all the work.  He is not omnipotent, omniscient or omnipresent. Therefore he must have a strictly arranged hierarchy.  He must dole out orders and responsibilities, and these things must trickle down through the ranks.  Each demon has his responsibility, and he must carry it out or risk discipline.  The rule in that world is “Bring meat or be meat yourself.”  This is so true;  this is the way systems operate.  There is always some on the rack, and if you are not busy bringing charges and judgments against someone else, beware, because you could be next.  Therefore, it is in your best interest to be performing well in this realm, digging up dirt, bringing someone before the firing squad, making sure the weapons are pointed away from you, not towards you. Does this sound familiar?  If everyone is kept busy looking over their shoulder, pointing their finger, very little of real importance gets done.  Guess who is happy about this?  That’s right. Old Screwtape himself.

On the other hand, think about this:

Phl 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.  That’s a nice thought isn’t it?  Put others first.  Don’t worry about your own reputation or your own position, but look out for others first.  When we see this at work we know God is at work. When we see the other side of the coin, strife, men wanting to take others down so they can be elevated, esteem being given to those who have a title or a position, then we know that it is of the system of this world.  Don’t always be looking over your shoulder in fear, don’t be tattling on someone else to take the attention off of yourself. This happens, you know it does.  Which minister is going to be benched next, and who is doing the benching?  How do they know they won’t be the next to get it?  This is all very sad.  Gal. 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  We are all one in Christ.  We do not address our ministers as Reverend or Father.  After all, they are our servants, not our masters. Or so it should be.  Fear is of the devil. Those who would cast us down and make us nothing are not to be feared, they are to be pitied.  If there are those who are trying to cast you down so that they feel pleasure when the tables are turned, then beware of these men.

I always have to make a disclaimer.  Not all designations are bad.  To some extent we must be organized.  But no man is without accountability, no man has the power to oust others. Only God can put you on the rolls or take you off.  When men try to do this, you can be sure disaster will follow.  God’s Kingdom is not one of rigidity and hierarchy.  God is open and free. He allows us all to come, and to be present on our own level.  Not all are at the same level, but still they are all one.  They are all given equal opportunity.  They are all allowed to grow, to make mistakes and learn.  Watch out for those who do away with you for some mysterious reason or for no reason at all.  They are simply following the edict to “Bring meat or be meat yourself.”

Truth justice mercy and love,

Hiram

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4 Responses to Hierarchy in the Kingdom

  1. ~Set Free says:

    John 10:7-19 KJV Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. (8) All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. …… (9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. ……. (10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. ….. (11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. ……. (12) But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. (13) The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. (14) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. (15) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. (16) And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (17) Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. (18) No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father. (19) There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

    I am often impressed with this thought of going in and out and finding pasture. No locked gates, no one to keep you either in or out…freedom in Christ. (John 8:36 KJV) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

    Some people are their own worst enemies and are at times bound by chains of their own making and blaming “the church”, “their past’, or “abuse”, when the real problem can be themselves refusing to let go and live free. We cannot control what other people think and do but we do have control of ourselves if we choose to take it. We cannot control what has happened in the past, but we can …choose….to let go. It reminds me of the story of the man at the end of his rope in a dark well. After desperately hanging on for endless hours he finally gave up and let go. He fell a full 4 inches before he hit the bottom. Fear of the unknown is often the worst fear there is. Put your hand in the hand of God…let go and live…He won’t drop you. He’ll set you free.

  2. Giesbrecht1964 says:

    In reference to being a Holdeman church member, or not being one more specifically, to take control of our destiny means to possibly losing the fellowship of friends and family. We can do what we feel is the Lords will, but in many cases are told that it is not, we must defer to the leadership. I would have to say that for many, it isn’t so much about letting go, as wishing to ‘be let go of’. It is revolting to think that if I follow convictions that I believe to be from the Holy Spirit, I may, in the course of time, be separated from what I’ve believed to be the bride of Christ. I’ve found much comfort in going along with the body of believers. Yet I struggle as I read scripture, it seems I’m understanding that I personally will have spiritual perception, and that going along with a group doesn’t necessarily indicate the leading of the spirit. May the Lord reveal his intentions in these matters.

    • ~Set Free says:

      Matthew 10:32-39 KJV Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. (33) But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (34) Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (35) For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. (37) He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

      Yes absolutely to follow your convictions will cause separation. The question is not “will it”, the question is “will you.”

      (38) And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. (39) He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

      My mother often asked me, when it came to following the crowd, whether “church” or “world”, “If the majority is going to hell are you going to go too ? Just because that’s what everyone else is doing ?” The point in that is not if you are or are not a member of what you consider “the bride” the point is, “If God calls you out. Will you follow ?” There were times when the children of Israel lived in Egypt. They went there because of a drought in the land. As time went on they came into bondage by staying there. They did not have to believe and leave. There is a choice to make in heading for the promised land. For me to stay would be to renounce freedom and choose bondage. For others in the early stages of being in Egypt they are not yet in bondage and called out to leave. I personally believe there are those in the Holdeman (or any other) religion who will stay there for the simple reason that for them to do so is not bondage. God has a purpose for all and a place for all. When you read of the different “blessings” pronounced on the sons of Israel (Genesis 49); some were free in service to others, some were in a way cursed, others had other things said of them. I do not believe it is so much a matter of “what in some respects” or “where in some respects” that we find peace in Christ as it is in “Are you following and “willing” to leave all ?” To be willing often calls for action. For some just the matter of being willing and preparing to “Do” like Abraham when he was called to offer Isaac, is sufficient. For others it means leaving all, like Abraham did when he was called out and left not knowing whither he went. We see in the life of Abraham, the father of faith, a time to leave all (when he left Haran) a time to wait and trust in the Lord to fulfill His promise and a time to obey when it seems to go against all common sense which when followed gives back the promised son and a replacement given for the sacrifice.
      Perhaps the question we need to ask ourselves is not; “Does God want me in this religion or that ?” so much as it is, “Is God able to use and bless me where I am and am I willing to leave all to follow Him ?”

      When we are in His will, we are free, regardless of where we are. When we feel the bondage it is time to “know the mind of the Lord” rather than following those who “may be” blind to what the Lord is calling “me/us” to do. There comes a point in time when we call on the Lord that we are both cast out by men and called out by God. Can we follow, “trusting” or will we “murmur and complain” because of the way and its resulting difficulties ?

  3. anonyomous reader says:

    When we consider the past and how history repeats itself, I’ve had these thoughts;
    It seems like “any” organized and even “unorganized” religions have similar traits adopted from the past.

    Consider excommunication; It was practiced in the Jewish relgion by the Pharisees; it was practiced in the early church by those reverting back to the Jewish religion; it was taught by Paul…once a Pharisee of the straightest sect; it was later renounced by Paul as he condemned Peter for it as well as in 2 Cor were he admonished “the church” not the “man who had sinned” to re-accept the sinner back into fellowship “lest he be overtaken with over much sorrow (read depression here and consider the amount of depression in the Amish and Mennonite circles, even among the leaders); it was practiced by the Roman Catholics and many people were persecuted and suffered and died for their faith; consider that Menno Simons was at one time a Catholic priest of whom the Mennonites get their name from regardless if it was taken of themselves or given by others; consider the problems in organized religion as well as house churches that stem from “people” bringing with them the teachings they received as children from their former religions. Consider that Christ’s most scathing tirades were against the Pharisees, promoters of strict religion. Consider the many “things and teachings” that are promoted…because of “religion and traditions of men”.

    Think about it and consider…are you any different ? Am I ? What tradition and/or false teaching am I promoting if any ? The truth shall stand. 2+2 = 4 regardless if someone calls it 3 or 9. (Deu. 12:32; 1 Ki. 12:11; Rev. 22: 18,19)

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