August,  2005
A Prayer
of Jesus
I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
The  Voice  of  Jesus
This is my Son, my Chosen; Listen to Him!

Christian False Doctrines
The False Teaching
By what authority do the children of the Father live in the world and form both faith and conduct? Most Christians join in churches and derive their authority from that association.  There are three types of authority among  churches: Episcopalian, Presbyterian & Congregational.
Here is a brief statement by a representative from each type.
Catholic (Episcopal):
The Church founded by Christ for the salvation of men needs, like every society, a regulating power (the authority of the Church). This power Christ has bestowed upon it. Directly before His Ascension He gave to the Apostles collectively the commission, and with it the authority, to proclaim his doctrine to all nations, to baptize them, and to teach them to observe all things that He had commanded
Presbyterian: In which authority is delegated by the people to their elected representatives who rule in their behalf.
Congregational: In this form of church government, there is no authority outside the local church except for Christ himself. The Church (local congregation) is complete within itself and fully capable of determining all matters including the details of its statement of faith, the selection and (if needed) the ordination of its clergy, and the stewardship of its own properties and resources.

Exposing the Error

Every type of church governance claims to derive its authority from Christ and/or the scriptures. In every case, the decision maker(s) consult, pray, then decide by vote and/or fiat. The result is authoritative for the church and/or congregation.  In practice, however, the decision is made on the basis of what is most acceptable to the decision maker without consulting Jesus the Christ. Take the decision to call a pastor for the local congregation.  Be it bishop, presbytery or congregation, the decision is made, authorized by vote or fiat, and a pastor called who is, in every case, said to be God's man for the office. The fallacy arises from the fact that, according to Jesus, God does not call or assign pastors other than Jesus himself.
Jn.10:14 FNT I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me,
Jn.10:16 FNT And I have other sheep that are not of this sheep-pen, and I must lead [these], and they will hear my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.
Now, check the word "shepherd" and see that it means "pastor!"  They do not hear the Good Shepherds voice, so they do not know him, and he does not know them (Jn.10:14)!  Therefore, their claim to derive their authority from Christ, who does not authorize pastors, is false. 
Declaring the Truth
So [a] dispute also came to pass among them, who of them seems to be greater. 25 But he said to them: The kings of the nations lord over them, and those having authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But you [are] not thus, but the [one] greater among you let him become as the least, and the [one] leading as the [one] serving. 27 For who is greater, the [one] reclining or the [one] serving? Is it not the [one] reclining? But I am in your midst as the [one] serving (Lk.22 FNT).
But do not be called Rabbi, for one is your teacher, and all [of] you are brothers. 9 And do not call [anyone] your father on the earth, for one is your father in the heavens. 10 neither be called leaders, for your leader is one, the Christ
(Mt.23 FNT)
There are no offices, orders, or authorities within the Little Flock of disciples. Churches need them for three primary reasons:
(1) To define faith and doctrine. Jesus does that for the Little Flock. He is our only teacher.
(2) Selection and ordination of clergy. There are none in the Little Flock. The Good Shepherd is the one and only shepherd.
(3) To administer its properties. The Little Flock listens only to Jesus, and does as he instructs regarding these things.  It needs no other manager of resources. The bottom line?
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me ...
(Jn.10:27 FNT)