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The Role of Government in the Church of God

The Role of Government in the Church of God

Church government is the spiritual oversight of the Body of Christ. Jesus intended to govern His Body. Primarily that means that Jesus intended to direct faith with the knowledge of Himself. The Antichrist spirit will always direct faith with counterfeit knowledge because false knowledge cannot preserve the likeness of Christ. Counterfeit knowledge is knowledge that is similar to the truth in form, but but does not possess the likeness of Christ.

The church, without government, cannot discern the difference between what is true in Christ and what is Satan's counterfeit. This is why we see in Satan's counterfeit a similar structure of 5 callings, apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, but the true empowerment of the Spirit is absent and this is why the counterfeits are empowered by man's aspiration and principle.

The presence of the counterfeit in the church means that the church has been governing itself by another system other than Christ. The Bible says that Israel often fell into this pattern that we now see repeated in the church. Israel did not want God to govern them so they selected their own leaderes.

Jeremiah 2:8
"The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit."      

Jeremiah 10:21
"For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered."
 
Jeremiah 12:10
"Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness."

Jeremiah 3:15
"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."

From these scriptures we are to understand that God sees a difference between man's selection of leadership and true spiritual government of God's chosing. That is the condition of the church today. It is in a state of apostasy because man decided to set aside Jesus' form of church government to elect their own form of government. God made known to Israel that He deems this a transgression. They were walking after things that did not profit them. It is not difficult to see that the church is in the same state of apostasy today and has the same need to return to true spiritual oversight.

God is again giving the church leaders after His own heart. Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers that will not scatter the sheep, but feed them the good grace of God and direct them in righteousness. You are invite to learn more about what the Bible says about church government and how it works by selecting the course Apostles Today, Simple Faith Series 2 or Apostles Today, KOP Series 1. Both courses are filled with knowledge that will set you on the right path of faith.

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