the black & white
in Neo-Pentecostal churches!
The final erroneous concept of the Discipleship/Shepherdship teachings, which involves the role and function of Five-fold Ministry in contrast to lay ministry is examined in Chapter Eight.
Whereas the lay priesthood authorizes and enables laymen to employ spiritual gifts of supernatural power which give witness of the resurrection of Christ, the Levitical Priesthood of Five-fold Ministers also includes spiritual authority to implement a surrogate governmental responsibility on behalf of the Head of the Church. The government of the Church shall be upon the "shoulders" of Jesus—the author reveals in this chapter who the "shoulders" of Jesus are.
Also examined is the concept and misconceptions of "plurality of leadership" — its validity, and the reasons it usually does not work. The issue is addressed against the backdrop that co-laborment and collaboration of all the Five-Fold ministry offices is an absolute necessity to fully equip, edify, and mature the Body of Christ, individually and collectively. But, leaders must cease their fixation with subjugation of fellow believers, and begin to focus their energies and efforts toward genuine servitude to the Body of Christ through their God-given giftings and callings.
The author also advances in this context the dramatic postulation that the unsanctioned Discipleship/Shepherdship Movement was a Satanically-contrived counterattack aimed at preempting the now nascent restoration of the prophetic and apostolic offices to their rightful and needed place of function in the Church as the surrogate builders of the true Church Jesus is building. The restoration of these two offices must take place in order for the Church to know and accomplish the ultimate purposes of God, and bring about the return of Christ to claim the Church as His eternal Bride.
|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: firstname.lastname@example.org.|
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