This is not a Game, it’s about the Kingdom
Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I believe that every member of The Body of Christ is a full and equal peer under ONLY Jesus. I contend that all Christ followers are true siblings and that no believer ever has the “rule” over and above other believers. Many in the traditional “church” believe in Ruling Elders and that only the Clergy are to be in charge over the church. I say that ONLY Jesus is The Head, Ruler and true Shepherd of His Church.
It seems that most traditional “church” Pastors disagree with my stance on church leadership. I mention these Pastors here because they often quote Hebrews 13: 17 as a validation of having humans rule over others in the church. Today I want to take an honest look at that verse and determine what it might really mean to all of us in His Church.
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“The Great Ecclesiastical Conspiracy” bu George Davis and Michael Clark goes into detail exposing the deliberate errors in the KJV in accord with the KJV translators because of King James desire to keep his own authority over the people. Eventually, the Lord ALWAYS makes His Truths evident for all to read and understand. Amen!
Scarlett, today I was researching a bit more about the KJV and found this excerpt which is quite revealing in Wikipedia about that version:
“[King] James gave the translators instructions intended to ensure that the new version would conform to the ecclesiology and reflect the episcopal structure of the Church of England and its belief in an ordained clergy. The translation was done by 47 scholars, all of whom were members of the Church of England.”
Those instructions are included in introduction to the first printing of the Authorized Version. You can see them here: http://www.kjvonly.org/other/kj_instructs.htm
As you can see, these instructions to the 47 Anglican translators had nothing to do with bringing forth a concise and accurate version of the original Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew texts. It was all about solidifying the power of the King and his bishops over the people of Great Britain and making it look like God was behind them all the way. You see, King James believed in the divine right of kings. The problem is, that many of the following “translations” followed on in this authoritarian tradition because it still fits in quite well with the ecclesiastical structures of today’s churches.
“I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish every one with tears.” (Acts 20:29-31, ESV2011)
We need the Holy Spirit more than ever to lead us into all truth just like Jesus promised HE would.