In the modern era of the church, mega-churches are very common. At the top of the food chain of those mega churches is always a celebrity pastor, as rich as Midas and entrenched in the hierarchy of his church as if he is embedded in epoxy resin. Control and the author of every final decision, “pastors” operate with a kind of feudal lordship over their pastorate.
Is that the biblical standard, or did Yahusha warn us away from having a single head, a “pastor”, specifically because men tend to want to accumulate power and control? Is the example given, whereby elders run the assembly, do most of the teaching and make most of the decisions, resorting to a vote among the assembly when there is a tie among the elders, the best way to manage a thriving church?
As we get further into the tribulation era, we will see more and more division. Yahuah told me that He is bringing his sword “to separate the Righteous from the unrighteous“, and this will happen even in congregations of mostly righteous believers. Remember that even the demons believe in Yahuah. They are utterly certain that He exists, and they expect to fight Him at a specified time in the future.
It is the unrighteous, those who do not read, study and live by the commands of Yahuah that will be given to the torturers. The torturers serve Yahusha and will deal with the unforgiving, either after death or at the end of time. The unforgiving are a subgroup of the unrighteous. You must read and study and live by the Words of Yahuah and Yahusha. It is their words, and theirs alone, which give life.
Mat 18:32 “Then his master called him and said to him, ‘Wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt seeing you begged me.
Mat 18:33 ‘Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, as I also had compassion on you?’
Mat 18:34 “And his master was wroth, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
Mat 18:35 “So also My heavenly Father shall do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”
Forgiveness is a requirement to be offered quickly. Otherwise, rebellion against the requirement will result in torture mandated by Yahuah Himself. Torture for you if you are unforgiving. It will begin very quickly, that gnawing feeling in your stomach, then the uncertainty, then questioning whether or not Yahuah is with you.
Doubt. Fear. Anger. Resentment. Then instability at home, at work, in finances. Your world will start falling apart and you will be unable to stop it. These are all hallmarks of resentment and an unforgiving spirit.
1 Peter 4:7-11
7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Yahshua . To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.