Eric Wilson was saved in 1980 and has fellowshipped in mainline denominationational, independent Pentecostal, home church, live-in and mission community settings. His passion is for all Christians to meet on the common ground of Christ.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9523 reads
Real church leadership lovingly oversees God’s “household of faith” – with older ones in Christ looking after younger ones, unless, of course, we’re all still babes! Yet many congregations boasting ‘eldership’ or ‘apostleship’ or ‘bishops’ have adopted childish Aaronic practices in a ‘system of churchianity’ - instead of Christ being all in all. Artificial distinctions abound between ‘ordained’ brethren and so-called ordinary ‘laity’. Yet Jesus said: “One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren.” So as a rule of thumb, the New Testament collectively refers to Christians as ‘brethren’, ‘children’, ‘beloved’ or ‘sons’ four times more often than calling them ‘church’, ‘assembly’ or ‘body’ - and so should we. Therefore debates about ‘church structure’ most often mask questions of “Who is the greatest?” For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus! But dismantling the system of churchianity in our lives is not a question of making a law not to keep the law, but the process of recognising Jesus Christ as Lord of all, including over His holy brethren.
Wednesday, February 7, 2007 read more | 9933 reads
Paul ran open church meetings in which all the brethren could contribute (1 Corinthians 14:26) from the richness of Christ within them. Of course with such freedom came abuses – especially in the Corinthian church. (1 Corinthians 14:23) But Paul’s answer wasn’t to regulate ministries or licence the gifts which are distributed (not centralised) by the Holy Spirit to the sons of God just as He wills (1 Corinthians 12:11). On the contrary, by apostolic injunction Paul commands us in 1 Corinthians 14:40 “Let everything be according to well-formed [priestly] order”. But what does this mean?
Thursday, December 28, 2006 read more | 10171 reads
The real issues underlying womens' ordination might be less about gender than first meets the eye. The problem might be with leaders such as bishops – or senior elders – vesting too much authority in regulation rather than hands-on oversight. The result tends to be a system of ministry licences rather than ministry freedoms – sometimes making it necessary for both sexes to become 'fully ordained' simply to function. Is this a case of doing the right thing the wrong way?
Wednesday, December 20, 2006 read more | 10051 reads
After searching the scriptures, there can be no doubt the doctrine of imminence – that the day of the Lord is ‘at hand’ - is perfectly sound. Yet this cannot be taken to mean the church will be caught up with the Lord prior to the ‘great tribulation’ predicted by Jesus, as some have taught; for Scripture seems adverse to 'rapture' doctrines incongruous with the pattern of the Passover.
Thursday, December 14, 2006 read more | 9532 reads
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