the black & white
in Neo-Pentecostal churches!
The fourth erroneous concept of the Discipleship/Shepherdship heresy is the subject of Chapter Seven. That misconception involves the role and, in particular, the Biblical bounds of lay ministry, which, as pointed out in this chapter, are often exceeded, leading to inept, ineffective ministry being forced upon unwitting recipients, as well as the displacement of true God-appointed ministry.
The misleading Charismatic credo and ad infinitum refrain of the Charismatic Movement, "We are all ministers," greatly contributed to the anarchical "Charismatic Chaos" that developed during that movement and remains largely unredressed to this day. Lay-believers have a definite, viable, vital, and indispensable ministry role, but that role has definite and definitive bounds, which are often not heeded in groups espousing these doctrines and where the multi-level structure of leadership typically accompanying them is in place.
God is now bringing forth correction regarding the unauthorized deployment of laymen. Laymen who intrude into ministry functions and offices to which they have not been appointed and for which they have not been anointed by God, stand in jeopardy of incurring upon themselves "Jeroboam Judgment," the author asserts.
Out of the symbolism of the story of Uzza who was struck dead when he touched the Ark of the Covenant, Dr. Lambert further interjects in this chapter that much "death" and other forms of temporal judgment has been incurred in the Body of Christ as a direct consequence of usurpation of Levitical offices by unanointed, unappointed, and unconsecrated laymen. Many "Uzzas" (i.e., laymen) have unfortunately met untimely "death" because they put their hand to ministry functions only the New Testament Levites are to perform.
All such "Charismaniacal Excess," Dr. Lambert contends, must be corrected in order to allow the Davidic leadership God will be raising up in the End-time restorational period to bring back the Ark of the manifested Glory of God to the Church.
|Steven Lambert, ThD is an ordained minister, author of numerous books and teaching publications, an editor, and publisher of two E-zines, The Real Truth Digest and Prophetic Perspective Bulletin. Insight concerning Church government, Divine Order, the coming restoration, and ministry issues are the hallmark of his ministry. This is a sample chapter from his book, Charismatic Captivation, which may be ordered through this website using the PayPal® payment service or by mail/fax using our order form. Dr. Lambert may be contacted by E-mail at: email@example.com.|
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