Great Wall – BT1
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“The Great Wall” foundational problem quenching the Holy Spirit in today’s church
The foundation of “The Great Wall” that is quenching the Holy Spirit underlying so much of Christian ministry is that many self-proclaimed “ministers” really don’t understand nor have they fully surrendered control to Zechariah 4:6’s prophecy about the New Covenant Ways that were to replace and end the old covenant ways: “Absolutely not in fact or possibility in/by/with might nor in/by/with power but instead in/by/with My Spirit, say Yahweh of hosts (ruler of all).” This is all explained more fully in the “Might and Power and Promised Spirit” pages, but “might and power” essentially means “all of man’s external resources and internal abilities such as equipment, knowledge, skill, and control.”
Many Christians and musicians simply have not grasped the complete difference between the old covenant “way” of obedience for God that puts trusting-relying-faith in man’s own “might and power” and the completely different-in-kind New (a) Covenant “Living Way” that puts trusting-relying-faith in/by/with God’s Spirit. But if they do, they haven’t fully surrendered control to it! <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.
However, I’ve found in most cases that they simply haven’t read or fully understood the OT prophesies about the New Everlasting Covenant completely replacing and ending the old covenant’s Torah Law of conditional-favor and thus 97.4% of graphe scripture – see Logos Word of God – BT5a and the New Covenant Ways page to understand this fully. When they “borrow” from this old foundation to build their ministry under the New Covenant, they have started to build “The Great Wall” that quenches the Holy Spirit.
The idea of “clergy and laity” was “borrowed” for the OT, which is a faulty foundation for the NT Church. The term “clergy” means “a group ordained to perform pastoral or sacerdotal functions in a Christian church.” It was first used in the 13th c. by the Catholic Church, but they “borrowed” the idea from the Greek klerikos which means “an inheritance, in reference to the fact that the OT Levitical priests had no inheritance except the Lord.” The Catholic Church had to come up with a term for the “non-clergy, or common people” so they invented the Latin word “laity” in the 15th c., which again is “borrowed” from the Greek laikos, which simply means “of the people, the people at large.” So you can see the impetus from “clergy and laity” all comes from the OT. Catholic priests are not Levitical priests that have their portion or inheritance in the Lord.
Ordination of clergy is entirely an OT practice – you won’t find the word used one in the NT! However, the NT does speak 25 times about “sanctification, consecration, or dedication to make separate for God’s hagiazo sacred purposes,” and the result is that these ceremonially “uncommon and clean vessels of honor” are now hagios holy. This is the same Greek word for “saint” used 213 times in the NT of all Christians, not the practice of sainthood that the Catholic Church started in 993 AD for a select few “special Christians.” The New Covenant says that ALL Christians are part of a royal priesthood (a), priests belonging to the King of kings, “making us a Kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (b). Every one of us is been made “special, uncommon, or a vessel of honor” (c). There is now only One High Priest, the Lord Jesus, and we are all priests, “all just brethren” (d). There are no “chief priests” in His Kingdom. Jesus warned often again “having authority over others like the Gentiles – it shall absolutely not in fact or possibility be so among you” (e). If the OT was only a “shadow of things to come” (f), why are churches “borrowing” from it? The Protest Church is absolutely no better! They may not use the same terms, but they are using the same ideas, that there is a special class of Christians, the “ordained professionals” and then the rest of the congregation are “commoners.” This divisiveness is still straight from the pit of hell! <Notes> a) 1 Peter 2:9, b) Revelation 1:6 5:10, 20:6, c) Romans 9:21; 2 Timothy 2:21-21, d) Matthew 23:8 – see Teach One Another – BT10, e) Matthew 20:26; Mark 10:43, f) Colossians 2:17; Hebrews 8:5, 10:1.
The Lord has clearly showed me that a major part of the faulty foundation of The Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit is this division between those “in front” and the congregation facing them, a division that was started in the Catholic Church that has mostly been unreformed in the Protestant Church. Because of this, I’ve dedicated the Coaches and Facilitators page to this.