Clearly, nowhere in the bible suggests a successive unbroken human ordination of church leaders. I have shown it in my other blogs how that the church was dead as by virtue of two prophecies. I also shown and refuted the catholic basis for their concept of unbroken link from the apostles.
I wont discuss it here. But let me give you an idea.
Catholic argument of the church unbroken link is expressed from these:
- Jesus is always with the church.
Yes! In matters of church gatherings. It simply mean, whenever the church gathers then jesus is always with the church. There was a breach though of gathering.
- The gates of hell cannot prevail against the church.
Yes! Gates of hell as sin was not the cause of the death of the church.
- The church would exist throughout all ages.
Yes! But not at all times by the principle “exception to the rule” as throughout all generation was applied likewise having span of time as exemption.
Regarding the topic, I would like to tackle on specific reasons how our first pastor was ordained even without human intervention.
Firstly, God ordained all religious leaders of the church as it say,
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
That powers speaks of religious powers and not political or governmental powers, as governmental powers were not all ordained by god as it say,
They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off.
Whereas Rom13 speaks of ALL POWERS as ordained by god, therefore, ROM13 speaks of religious powers in the church, logically speaking, bec it is unfit for any other, that is, government powers to be as ordained by god, bec of its inconsistency with the explicit pattern in Rom13. By that principle, all religious leaders are therefore ordained by god. It could necessitates human participation through laying of hands but sometimes, human ordination is not required.
What is undeniable is that, there is no sanction that religious leaders, as necessity, are ordained as leaders through human ordination by laying of hands or whatever as regulatory for all of times.
Nothing! There is no guarantee of human ordination as regulatory for all of times!
In cases where no human participates in the ordination of a leader, how could he be ordained by god?
Through divine intervention called “calling” such as how paul was called as apostle and minister even without human participation.
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
NO MAN ORDAINED PAUL AS AN APOSTLE! OR AS MINISTER. HE BECAME AN APOSTLE THROUGH CALLING. PETER DID NOT LAY HANDS ON HIM AND PROCLAIMED HIM APOSTLE, DID HE? OR ANYONE?
But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
(For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of participation; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
The church leaders authorized paul and barnabbas to participate in the ministry upon perceiving that god made them apostles. There was no human ordination, for them to be apostles though as minister, jesus ordained him!
And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;
God calls us to different specific duties in the church, as minister, deacon, bishop, or even as the church leader.
1 Corinthians 7:17
But as God hath distributed to every man (gifts) as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
2 Thessalonians 2:14
Whereunto he called you (as minister, deacon, bishop etc..) by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy…
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering…
- GOD ORDAINS ALL CHURCH LEADERS.
- GOD CALLS ANYONE TO SPECIFIC DUTIES IN THE CHURCH SUCH AS, AS MINISTER
- THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OF UNBROKEN LINK OF HUMAN ORDINATION FOR CHURCH LEADERS
So how was our church leaders in mcgi ordained?
It say, through, calling!
What is calling?
It is divine intervention to have interest in something, such as ministerial works or evangelism, such as how paul was called to his specific task as apostle.
Though paul’s calling was in form of personal interaction as he communicated personally with jesus, calling for the most part is in forms of emotional attraction or attachment to something such as for an advocacy or endeavor.
You will feel interested, logically, as how context explicitly implied. That is the essence of calling–that is, interest, or attraction!
2 Thessalonians 2:14
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
God calls us by the gospel. Would you just accept the gospel if it is without the feeling of interest or persuasion, or attraction to the gospel? Logically, you wont be called to divine service by the gospel if only the gospel as simply, letters and ink, would do it. Letters and ink cannot call you, therefore, for you to be called, god must necessarily touch your heart for you to feel attraction to divine service, bec without it, how could you respond to mere letters and ink?!
That as logically, is how calling works!
GOD MUST FIRST TOUCH YOUR HEART FOR YOU TO BE INTERESTED, FOR EXAMPLE, IN MATTERS OF EVANGELISM!
2 Thessalonians 3:4
And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
If god can do that in the church to influence our will and actions, could he not influence our hearts as initially, to be attracted to the church and teachings as a form of calling?!
As I presented the logical conclusion above, indeed, calling is an influence of god through emotional attraction, interest, and persuasion, therefore, when our first pastor was called to evangelism, through interest in evangelism, it was god’s ordination of him as church leader therefore, as predecessor of the next generation of church leaders.
Logically, God ordains leaders through “calling”, as i reiterate,
1 Corinthians 7:17
But as God hath distributed to every man (gifts as ministry…) as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.
Called to be a minister doesn’t necessitate as always an option to involve human ordination of him as minister as nowhere in the bible guarantee such human ordination as a permanent regulation.
Therefore, there is mounting proof to support, how that our first pastor was ordained by god through divine intervention called calling, whereas, his positive response to walk by this gift of ministry culminated in the restoration of the dead church which in the past, was the most glorious than all other human endeavor!
As god hath distributed to every man (gifts as ministry…) as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk