Eternal Declination Of A Five-Fold Pattern
Approximately five years ago, I spoke at a meeting and passionately began to declare, “Let the church die! Let the church die!” As you can imagine, these words were quite disturbing to the traditional Christian mindset. Since that time, the church, as we know it has been undergoing some serious transformations. Letting the church die, was a prophetic declaration of a form of Christianity destined to undergo a certain death for the purpose of taking on its true eternal form in heaven.
The final blow of transformation within the church is quickly coming to light. This unpreventable blow involves the current structure of what many term as the “five-fold” ministry, apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher. Yes, I know, this is indeed another traumatic resolve for most of the body of Christ.
When Jesus was on the earth, there were moments when he would somewhat irritably express his concern to the disciples for their inability to function as true heirs to the kingdom of God.
In one instance, a father whose son was a lunatic desperately approached Jesus.
“…I brought him to your disciples, and they could not cure him.”
“You unbelieving and perverted generation, how long shall I be with you?”
To be told you are unbelieving seems bad enough, but being told you are part of a perverted generation feels a bit over the top. The word “perverted” in this particular text is in reference to someone who has been corrupted or distorted from their original course. In other words, ‘how long do I have to be with you before you get back on track and start acting like sons of God?’
Another familiar story in the bible depicts Jesus sleeping in a boat while a great storm appears on the scene. The disciples, out of fear and desperation, wake Jesus. Before Jesus rebukes the winds and commanding them to be still, he turns to the disciples and says, “Where is your faith?”
The point on both occasions seems to be very clear, ‘I’m not here to do things for you, I am here to empower you to do it yourself.’
All of which, brings me to the function of a five-fold government currently operating within the church.
Like Jesus, the earthly pattern of spiritual government was never meant to be the permanet expression of heaven on earth. Like the Tabernacle of Moses, they are a mere type and shadow of an eternal kingdom. The governmental offices in the church were given for the purpose of launching the people of God into a place of personal responsibility, bringing to light their ability to access heaven.
At first glance, the equipping of the saints in Ephesians 4 looks like an endless project. Nonetheless, like the stages of a rocket being propelled upward, there comes a time when an earthly pattern of a heavenly government breaks away from the body in order for it to reach its intended destination. What was once an effective force of spiritual elevation can eventually become a hindrance, if extended beyond its time, thus becoming a hindrance to spiritual maturity.
Before the former church can truly die, thus give birth to its true eternal state, the covering of a five-fold government must reposition itself from the top to the bottom.
Again, like Jesus, the five-fold ministry was not put in place to do the work for you, nor was it intended to be served, but to serve.
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, or the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:16)
To be continued…
This weekend, Sunday May 31, 2015, we will be meeting at the Yakima Convention Center. Our time of Kingdom celebration will begin at 10:00AM.
Michael and Tamera