صيادي الناس

Message from the Monthly Flyer from October 2010

A different story

When someone goes into a bakery, he or she is confronted with a wide selection of bread, cake and pastries. Having made the right choice, you pay the necessary amount and leave the store. When a person visits a car dealer with the intention to buy a car, on having the required sum of money he or she can choose what suits their taste. If the person does not like the particular model, he or she, the customer, just chooses something else. He or she has the free option, being the customer who pays for it, therefore they are in the position to say yes or no and to have that which they like. When someone goes to the market place, he or she has the choice of buying from a various assortment of fruit and vegetables, being the customer. He or she points with his/her finger at the wares, "That's what I would like but only two pounds of it." He or she receives the goods, which he/she has picked out, pays and departs.

However, the story changes when you go into the house of God. We can bring our requests to God, but concerning salvation, redemption and healing, we do not have the freedom of choice like we do in the bakery. There are no alternatives: Lord, I would prefer this and that. "In the house of God, He Himself sets the standard and lays down the rules as it pleases Him! He cannot be bought. In this case, it is a completely different story. Today, just like at that time the anti-authoritarian spirit tries to rule the church in order to take control of it, but does not succeed. We can see what happened with Korah in Numbers 16:1-35. "Separate yourselves from them," Moses said. We know that God still appoints nowadays. It was God that called Moses to be a prophet, Aaron to be a high priest, Samuel to be a prophet, David to be a king, Peter and Paul to be apostles, Phillip to be an evangelist. No one put himself in this office! It is not a profession but rather a calling from God Himself. "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God as was Aaron." Hebrew 5:4

It is God who calls and decides! E.g. Matthew 9:38: "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest." Ephesians 4, 11-12 "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ." See also Acts 20:28. The church is the work of God. Whoever puts himself in this office is cursed: Jeremiah 14:13-15 and 23:14-38; Galatians 1:7-9 or Deuteronomy 13:1-11 etc.

Whoever submits himself to a false authority, e.g. which God has not appointed will end up being lost! Matthew 15:14 and 23:16; Luke 6:39; Matthew 15:6.

Whoever does not subject himself to the authority which God has ordained, will not be saved. Satan's sin before his fall was his rebellion against authority, see Isaiah 14:12-17. Sheep need a shepherd up until the time when Jesus comes again. How do we want to be saved? There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one direction, one way and that way being Jesus Christ. Here we cannot choose, for besides Him there is no saviour. He alone is Lord and redeemer. God's decrees can be found in His word. God does not operate outside of His guidelines. He is and always will be a God of order. rw

صيادي الناس

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