1 Samuel 17:45
David said to the Philistines, you come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have defiled.
CHURCH / USMC
Apostles / Generals
Prophets / Colonels
Evangelists / Majors
Pastors / Captains
Teachers / Lieutenants
Body Of Christ
Distinguish Between Spirits
Tongues, Interpretation of Tongues
Workers Of Miracles, Helping Others
In this message I’m using an analogy between an Apostle and a General in the USMC. I want to compare the Earthly Realm with the Spiritual Realm. In doing so I hope to show how the American church has failed the Body of Christ!
- A General commanders 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers.
- A Colonel commands 1,500 to 2,000 soldiers.
- A Major commands 300 to 1,200 soldiers
- A Captain commands 100 to 200 soldiers
- A Lieutenant commands 4 squads of 11 soldiers or 44 to 46 men.
- A four-star General commands 20,000 to 45,000 soldiers. There are 41 four-star Generals active today January 21, 2019.
Last October 2018 I was in the Dallas Texas area where I attended a church whose membership was over 40,000 members. The day I attended that church the pastor was sharing how the Sabbath had been changed from Saturday to Sunday. He expounded on how the Jews were not receiving the blessings because they celebrated the Sabbath on Saturday as well as Christian churches like the Seventh-day Adventist. He could not point to any scripture that showed Sunday to be the Sabbath but he knew it to be true in his heart. Had the Five-fold Ministry been in place in that area the pastor would have been repute by the apostle, prophet most likely publicly since he proclaimed that knowledge publicly for teaching a lie to the church. In the area I live in there are 2 churches that have over 5,000 members each. Let us examine what these mega-churches are offering to the people that attend these churches. We have parenting on purpose, divorce care class, smart stepfamily class, pre-marriage preparation, saving your marriage before it starts. For men we have men’s breakfast, athletic manhood, overcoming emotions that destroy, man’s life groups. For women ladies night out, winter classes, for children, pre-teen, middle school and high school we have every class you can think of. We even have classes for real-life sports and outdoors spring sports. And let’s not forget the seniors, senior workshops beware of scammers, senior activities movies in the afternoon and seniors small groups.
Now for those of you were saying let’s find this idiot who wrote this message and string him up on a tree, ( Galatians 3:13) these churches are providing a service to their membership. My question to you is where is Jesus in all of this, where is the power, where is the authority, where is the desire to know the living God who we will be spending eternity with. I’m pretty sure there won’t be seniors movies on Wednesday for us to watch in heaven. Acts 5:1-11 Ananias and Sapphire lied to Peter and the Holy Spirit and they both died for it. Acts 5:11“ Great fear seized the whole church and all who heard about this event ‘Where is Knowledge? The reason why you were having problems with your wife is you slept with another woman! ‘Where is Wisdom? You are lying to your customers and God will not bless your business because of that! ‘Where is Healing? People with broken minds and broken bodies healed by the power and the authority of Jesus who is the Christ! Where are the gifts given to the church? Where is the Fivefold Ministry that God set up to build up the Body Of Christ? Where are the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, pastors, and Teachers? All the Apostles and Prophets died off and that’s why in the American church pastors run everything and that’s why we have all these programs to keep people coming back into the churches. That, my dear saints, Is the reason why the American Church is dead, DOA.
Much like the military who has a chain of command from private to four-star General. The Body of Christ also has a chain of command not set up by anyone man or army but set up through Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthian‘s 12: 1-31 and Ephesians 4: 11-16. Ask any Marine what the Marine Corps would be like if the highest rank was Captain? If the earthly realm was set up this way why is it so hard for Christians to understand and accept that there is a spiritual realm that was set up for the Body of Christ. When a Marine graduates from Annapolis he is a second lieutenant in 3 to 5 years he will be a captain. Does the Marine Corps want to follow the leadership and the experience of a captain who may have been in the Marine Corp for 3 to 5 years or do they want to follow a four-star general who has been in the Marine Corp for 25 to 30 years? Saints, this is Christianity 101. Why is it so hard for you servants of the most high God to understand. Or are you just a Christian because it feels good to say I’m Christian, or a C&E Christian, Christmas and Easter. One of the Marine Corps mottos is “We are looking for a few good Men” If the Lord showed up at your church on a Sunday morning and dropped everyone to the floor as his presence filled the congregation with Peace, Joy and Love ask yourself, that power, that authority does it scare you? Would you return next week or would you stop going to that church out of fear? The Lord is looking for a few good men and women! Matthew 22:14 “For many are called, but few are chosen”