Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Final Arbiter: Submission to Priest-Craft and Husbands

   It has long been understood that humans need and want boundaries, so it comes as no surprise that as Biblical Christianity declines [being replaced by a predominantly soft-on-doctrine-don’t-be-judgmental approach], the need for boundaries and structure within the Christian community plays out in unbiblical submission to a religious ruling class rather than following the example of Jesus with his followers and the model of "imitate me as I imitate Christ" prescribed by the Apostles.
   Nowhere, is this more evident than in churches where Christians are pressured into signing church covenants binding them to obedience and to silence if they disagree with the consensus of church leadership. This is unscriptural hierarchal priest-craft, and it is no wonder that such goes hand in hand with Christians embracing more rigid than ever gender-role restrictions in order to provide practically impenetrable boundaries and structure in an otherwise anything-goes-religious-free-for-all [attitude] that has taken root within the Christian psyche.
   The Written word of God, the Bible, no longer seems to be the final arbiter as to whether or not behavior is “Christian” or not, and protestant Christians, who previously looked only to Jesus as Mediator between themselves and their God, seem more willing than ever to transfer the mediatorship from Jesus to pastors and husbands, who claim it is their responsibility to answer [to God] for their congregants and wives come judgment day.
   How is it, that pastors have become self-appointed mediators between God and their congregations? How is it, that husbands have become appointed mediators between their wives and God? And how is it that God's people submit to man-made hierarchies that purport to determine the extent to which we can say it is well with our souls?
   Submission to man, therefore, becomes the final arbiter as to whether or not a Christian is in the will of God
   How convenient for hierarchical leaders, as this type of Christianity leaves little use for the Lordship of Christ, the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or the knowledge of the Written Word of God--the Bible.

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