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Marks of a Christian Sect – Lording Over Others

Lording Over Others

 

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Sects …they would exclude you…

 

1 Peter 5:3

Not as lording it over your possessions, but being models for the flock,

Marks of a Christian Sect: Leaders and Followers

It is only logical that leadership, or authority in the form of a hierarchy, prevents unity. Unity, by definition, only exists when no one raises himself above the others. Leadership and authority are inseparable from Christian sects.

Luke 22:25 -26

And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve (or deacon)

Marks of a Christian Sect: Teaching that gives people authority over its members

Many groups teach that “Authority is local”, “authority is in Rome” or some other authority power broker. They teach that it exists in a location, person or committee. This is not from the apostles’ doctrine to have another authority. Any entity that claims authority over Christians is not found in the apostles’ doctrine.

Titus 2:15

These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

The authority for what we say comes from the Word of God. This is the authority of the apostles, not from a man or men but from the Word of God “these things”

Unity instead of being a Christian Sect

If we do not want to be a Christian sect marked by those that lord it over others, there must be a Christian unity that we should endeavor to maintain, the unity that the Lord prayed for when He said, “that they all may be one.” A hierarchy divides God’s people into classes.

He first speaks about the apostles.

John 17:11

And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Then He speaks about us.

John 17:20-21

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one;

The only fellowship that is sanctioned by scripture is the fellowship that we all can have with the apostles, free of any pecking order.

Acts 2:42

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship,

1John 1:3

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us (the apostles): and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

 

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