Unity – The Clairon Call

417457_10151051139758349_543927233_nThe mandate for unity and harmony in the body of Christ intensifies more today than ever before. It should be the mandate of leaders on the front line to focus on magnifying the charge for a counter-reformation of holiness and doctrinal soundness in the church for clarity and harmony. We all claim to have the same Holy Spirit but seldom agree on doctrine, fellowship, worship, or qualified leadership. Teaching diversity is not easy when so many of us are judging the book by its cover and not by its’ contents. The problem is we can’t all agree on how to interpret the foundation because we keep looking at 1st century examples through 21st century interpretations.

Since the quest for returning to foundational Christianity has been a distant memory throughout the ages, a cry for the true church of Jesus Christ is a dream instead of a reality. The Western church especially, is bathing in its’ own self success statements to build empires and have forgotten its’ mission call to spread the Gospel into the world, not market the Gospel in its own created spheres of influence.

The question is – “Can we overcome the prejudice and bitterness and misunderstandings that divide us?” Yes, we can. With God, all things are possible, and we know that unity is God’s will for His body. The real question is not, can we? The real question is, will we? That must be answered by each of us as leaders. What is your answer?

So while the level of spiritual warfare has changed to spread demonic activity in our churches through entertainment instead of true worship; and while corruption, deception, and selfishness pollute our worship week after week; what can be done to initiate change and restore the fire back in the church of Jesus Christ today?

Here are some suggested steps.

1. REDEDICATED LEADERS – Every great revival has been initiated by someone acting on their burden for holiness and walking against the grain, isolating       themselves for the infilling of The Holy Spirit without measure. Creating a flame of passion for God, not just a touch from God. Let’s strip the image of a preacher and embrace the character of a servant-leader. Let’s abandon the need for recognition and embrace the yoke of compassion and strength to speak a “BOLD” word from the LORD.

2. REFOCUS ON PURPOSE INSTEAD OF PERSONALITIES – Let’s face it! We all have our opinions on who is or who is not qualified to be in charge or lead some movement. But at the end of the day, none of us have a “Divine” opinion. We need to stop worrying about what leaders call themselves and focus on the message they bring. That’s the judgment call. Is the message not just controversial, but is it transformational? Jesus did not fit the persona of any known leaders of his day, but he led a counter-religious movement that turned the world upside down. We can unite on the message, even if we can’t perceive the messenger is who we would chose.

3. REDICATION OF THE LORD’S HOUSE OF WORSHIP – Simply a reorientation of our vision and mission statements to reflect who we are and what our real purpose is. People will follow what you feed them. The sanctuary is not any pastor’s personal family business; nor your personal retirement program; nor your inheritage to leave. It is The Lord’s safe haven for the people of God. Contaminated use will lessen the power and weaken the structure.

Finally, I don’t want this “IAB Unity Day” to become another “Dog and Pony Show.” We need to drop our pride and commit to a sacrifice of “Praise and Purpose.” The pattern is that true intercession comes from strong leadership and true power from unity in purpose and not in competition. The authority of the words of Christ is resting on the credibility of genuine representatives of the Gospel today, not cheap imitators of fashion and fame.

 

 

Authority In The Church

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There is always a need to define, redefine, evaluate where we are concerning our position and our commission. I submit being a bishop is much more than merely looking the part, we have to be the part. That means along with titles for status we need character for example.

The normal responsibility and authority of leadership in the NT rested with the bishops – elders – pastors – deacons; but if we are interested in pursuing biblical patterns of leadership, we must be concerned to demonstrate observable growth not only in our gasp of truth but also in our lived discipline (1 Tim. 4:14 – 16) of the Truth. We have to comprehend that spiritual leadership, far from lording it over others (Matt. 20:25 – 28), is a balanced combination of oversight (1 Tim. 4:11 – 13; 6:17 – 19; Titus 3:9 – 11) and example (1 Tim. 4:12; 6:6 – 11, 17 – 18; 1 Pet. 5:1 – 4) which, far from being negating are mutually reinforcing.

If you lived in the first four centuries of the church, being a bishop meant how well you were going to die for the Faith. Since most of the early bishops were martyred for the cause of Christ in this era.  If you lived in the Middle Ages, bishops were defined as being both the civil and ecclesiastical authority of the known world. In fact, society functioned under both civil government and canon law, which led to wide spread corruption. In the Dark Ages and ultimately, the Reformation period, being a bishop was seen as what corrupted the Church and represented failed leadership of a glorious era of Church influence on the society of its’ day.

In Modern Day vernacular, being a bishop is almost like being a part of a new trend that rewards us with popularity, authority, wealth, and self-esteem. But are we fulfilling the mandate of Jesus Christ, our King, and leading a dark world to the light of His Glory by the light we shine on ourselves?

I am not coming down on the episcopacy, just pointing out some abuses that affect all of us as leaders and hinder our effectiveness for evangelism and stability in the Church of Jesus Christ.

In the last 20 years, I have never seen so many people wanting to become some titled recognizable giant in the Kingdom. If they don’t ascend to the bishopric, it is by some other recognized title or self-appointed title that justifies who they are. Again I beg, if you are not talking to God, how can you talk for God?

So the questions are – Who really has the authority in the Church? Is it vested in titles or demonstration? Is it credentialed or simply proclaimed? Is it a product of supernatural side show tricks or simply the ability to proclaim through intellectual prowess? Is it based on gender or race? Does one have to believe a certain doctrine or worship in a particular fashion?

I really don’t know if we will settle the authority question in the Church before Jesus comes or not. All I KNOW – is that we need to get a handle on leadership before the whole Church becomes too fragmented to reassemble and make herself whole.

My Assignment

GRACE AND PEACE FROM GOD OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST,

My assignment  has been to lead this college to higher standards of excellence in ministry. We must face the future and unite if we expect to impact a global leadership deficient and become leaders of leaders.

Bishop D Myles Golphin
Bishop D Myles Golphin

These posts are designed to put emphasis on doctrine, history, tradition, ethics, and protocol and to come to some clarity and direction for leadership growth. It is also organized to come into fellowship with other leadership visionaries and to have a common ground for the harmony of opinions and issues that face the body of Christ.

The journey of the episcopacy is one of history, doctrine, government, ethics, and tradition. We certainty have a rich history in the church of the establishment and the abuse of all of the above. We also have some deep roots in scripture for separating and maintaining a special order of priesthood that we expect to hold high ethical standards of leadership and character.

The truth is we have been divided over the integrity and abuse of leadership for too long. The real question is whether the historic form of church government we practice, is the only form or one of many styles the Lord has ordained for the church to prosper. Whether what we are experiencing today is replacement of old traditional leadership voices or recognition of additional voices of leadership, a corporate resolution is necessary. Until we organize the messengers the message becomes ineffective.

In addition, we also have standards that at times have devalued the integrity of scripture and caused disappointment to the validity of the Episcopal office. Proper training and commitment to biblical truth will propel us toward respect and effectiveness as we journey to the place God is, and not to the place God was.

The decay of church leadership abuse through the centuries has given rise to a platform of cries from the pews to change, amend, or fix the leadership. Others have heard the voice of the Lord mandating untraditional methods of leadership protocol that have caused more division than unity.

It is not the assignment of this college to judge or ridicule one’s calling. However, it is the mandate of this group to test the integrity of the character of your leadership and the validity of your message.

Yours for the Cause of Christ,

+ D. Myles Golphin