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,