But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to Christ. 2 Cor:11:3
But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to the Christian Ministry Organization, Policies, Contractual Requirements and Leadership.
But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to The Church Membership Contract and The Pastor.
Wait, what? That’s not what the verse says.
The serpent deceived by means of the lie. The lie was the foundation of evil. The lie is evil because it seduces God’s people away from pure devotion to Christ.
Many Churches require members to sign a loyalty contract. Some of these are online; go see for yourselves. One extremely successful International Christian, Neo-Evangelical/ecumenical ministry requires their staff members to agree to or promise to submit to certain behavior, for example, not ever being critical of the ministry or the leadership.
A quote from one ministry policy handbooks states, “A critical attitude of fellow staff, of the — ministry or of other individuals or groups shall be considered as evidence of disloyalty to Christ, and shall be accepted as an act of resignation.”
(The previous phrase was bolded by myself.)
So basically, if you are a member of this Church or Christian Organization, you better not question it! You better not disobey it! You better not critique it! You better not examine it! You better not discern it! You better not think critically! You better not ponder your unquestioned loyalty to it! Because if you do, this proves your disloyalty to Christ!
If you have to agree to requirements such as these, or sign any Church loyalty contract or any Christian ministry loyalty contract, in which you covenant your allegiance and obedience and submission to the organization, and to the Leaders,
you simply are not free in Christ.
If you have to agree to or sign a contract in which you covenant yourself to not criticize, or question or challenge the group, then you are not free in Christ! You are bound.
Dear ones, Be free! This is why Christ set us free! For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1.
Loyalty and devotion to Church Inc., or Ministry or Christian Organization or Leaders is NOT equal to loyalty to Christ.
If you are told that they are equal, you are being LIED TO. You are being asked to submit to evil, for evil is always founded on a lie. The mind must be seduced for one to agree to and submit to this lie. The seduced mind has therefore been deceived into believing and accepting a lie. The lie is then put into practice (translated into actions or obedience to the lie), and the mind is bound to evil, no longer free in Christ.
Submit not to evil; rather submit to Christ. Be devoted not to evil, be devoted to Christ. Be loyal not to evil, be loyal to Christ.
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I once read the story of a pastor and head elder visiting a new couple who became members of their church. The pastor wanted to see their pay slip to know how much money they should monthly give to the church (10%). The wife wittingly told the pastor that she would show him her pay slip if he showed her his!!! I thought it was an excellent answer! Glad I found your blog.
haha wow. : P Good one! Thanks Mia.
Way to tell it, Loretta.