Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah

by John Greene

confronting-religious-leadersWhile the Messiah was on earth, most Jewish leaders (notably the Pharisees and Sadducees) stood in staunch opposition to His authority – even the idea that He had any authority at all. Instead, they preferred the feathered nest that they had carved out as Roman wards of the state, helping to keep the people in subjection to the Roman Empire. (Luke 11:42) Many leaders fully realized that Yahshua [Jesus] was a real threat to their personal authority in the kosmos of man of that day. (Matthew 15:1-20) He stood against the traditions and doctrines of men. He confronted wrongdoing, error and hypocrisy. His authority and the profound error of the leaders grounded in the continuing decoration of man’s system has never changed. (John 15:18; Colossians 2:8; Ephesians 6:12; Galatians 5:1; 2 Corinthians 4:4, 10:4-5; Romans 12:21; “Leaven of the Pharisees; Leaven of the World“; “Filling Your Life with Truth Instead of Deception“; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“)

dusty-bible-read-meChristianity has claimed to teach the universal authority of the Messiah, even while undermining this with their own brand of authority. The authority of YHWH through the Son and the Holy Spirit set genuine disciples of the Messiah apart from religious impostors. Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah is the head, the High Priest over all of YHWH’s people, wherever they may be. Leaders that claim to be Christians have lost sight of this reality, that YHWH is Sovereign over all. He deals with mankind through the provision of the Messiah. He leads the hearts of His people with the Holy Spirit rather than leaders of men. That is the real danger behind genuine Christians. They are led by YHWH through the Holy Spirit and the teachings of the Yahshua [Jesus] Messiah, not the contrivances and inventions of men. They show respect for others, but do not bow down to these leaders of men. They shine YHWH’s light on the darkness of the world, realizing His authority over all without apology. (Matthew 5:14, 6:25-33, 23:1-4; Luke 16:13; John 8:12; 1 John 1:5-9, 5:19; Ephesians 4:15-16, 22-24, 5:8; Colossians 1:18; “Is the Bible Losing Influence in the United States?“; “The Magi of this Age“; “The Role of Authority in Your Life“)

pope vatican world govtThe Jewish leaders of that day developed a very profitable relationship by cooperating with the Roman Empire as they took part in helping to govern the people. The same is true with Christian leaders today. They stand with the antichrist Empire of the Beast voluntarily under its control. They lead the people as partners of the Beast. All of this continues despite the reality that Yahshua [Jesus] DID challenge the authority of the kosmos of man that continues into this day. By challenging the spiritual and secular authority of the Jewish leaders of the old Roman Empire, He challenged the governance that they operated under. The Messiah stood accused as a traitor of the state, a reality that is commonly overlooked. (Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:1-12) In His words, He had all authority in heaven and in earth. No doubt, the jealousy of some leaders was profound, if they regarded Him at all. (Matthew 9:6-8, 28:18-20; John 12:48, 14:6; “Christian Disciples & the Authority of Man“; “Authority: The Real Meaning of Romans 13“; “Holy Spirit 101“)

government-kosmosThe Bible in Acts and ministry of Paul is replete with disciples that refused to surrender the authority of the Messiah that they had been given. They refused to surrender the authority of YHWH to the authority of man’s governance [kosmos]. Christians are admonished to be no part of the world of man (Romans 12:1-2) as they give themselves wholly to the ministry of YHWH and His rule in their lives. This struggle has continued through this age into this day, even as translators and their leaders have played with scripture with the idea of divining man’s authority over man. Christian leaders have often proclaimed that to refuse to obey the government of man is to refuse to obey ‘God’. (John 12:35; James 2:24; Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23; 2 John 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 4:6; “Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority“; “Truth About the Modern Concept of Pastor“; “The Antichrist & the War on Reality“)

inside-churchIn many cases, modern church leadership the world over has given their authority over to the government of man in order enjoy a tax-exempt status. In United States (501c3 and other designations), since the rise of the IRS in the 1950s, ‘Obama and his government’ have been substituted for Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. This kind of clever subversion has been going on since the first century as Christians battled against it. Christians were warned about this antichrist substitution, the continual attempt to replace the word of the Messiah with the traditions and teachings of men. Church leadership has made themselves willing idolaters, just as the original invention of the universal church did in the third century. (2 Timothy 3:1-5, 4:1) Christians have made themselves slaves to the state by following professed leaders that have done the same. You don’t need to look beyond the money trail, especially where the church is concerned, to establish this reality. No body of the Messiah on earth has been forced to form a corporation or tax-exempt organization, except those that fear to do otherwise. In the United States, to voice a certain political leaning or to side against the government in any way flies in the face of IRS code that professed church leaders are sworn to uphold. (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 3:5, 6:14-18; Ephesians 2:1-3; Hebrews 6:1; “The Reality of the Antichrist“; “Bible Prophecy and the Rise of the Corporation“; “The Idolatry Factor“; “The Truth About the Tithe“; “Christians & Finance“)

light of the lampInstead of shining the light of the Most High against evil, professed leaders of religion give in to evil, just as the Jewish leaders of the first century did. They reject the authority of the Messiah and His provision for the authority and provision of Caesar. (John 11:48; Matthew 24) Because of this delusion, many multitudes of professed Christians are effectively ‘non-believers’. Just as Jerusalem and Jewish authority were destroyed by the Romans, so will the Beast seek to destroy genuine Christians. The Jews were crushed and driven through the sewers of the city as some were able to flee in terror. He already owns the impostors that pretend to uphold rightful authority. They are already an element of the false prophet that sides with the Beast, now a global authority. Where will Christians run? Most of these impostors are lap dogs of the state, having bought into the superiority of man’s rule that is ‘ordained by God.’ (Matthew 25:41; 1 John 2:1-20; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Revelation 13:1-20, 19:20; “The Disciple and Hell: The Parables of Matthew 25“; “Christian: Living As Light“: “The Dream: Christians & the Great Humanitarian Age“)

US flagHowever, this isn’t about Christians banding together in unity with patriotic fervor. Following and teaching the Word of YHWH that is scripture isn’t about worshiping the state or the culture of the past. You hear some pastors make statements such as:

“I am as much of a red-blooded American patriot as one will find in this country. I believe in God, the Bible, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I believe in liberty, justice, and independence.”

justice of man - rule of lawSuch patriotism, nationalism and materialism have no place in the life of a genuine Christian. The trappings of liberty, justice and independence (which are injustice before YHWH) are of mindsets of the world, grounded in the philosophy of humanism and the ‘rule of law‘. These mindsets fly in the face of YHWH’s admonishment to love no other besides Him. The church or gathering of YHWH’s people, wherever they may be, cannot legitimately side with forces of darkness. Hiding behind patriotic ideals of state and culture are no less of an idolatry than the power of the state itself. Patriotism and nationalism are just another part of the Beast, a self-deception at best. Genuine Christians must not be afraid to stand with YHWH, the Messiah and the Holy Spirit, against the distractions and delusion of Satan and his agents. (Matthew 6:19-21; 2 John 1:9; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:4; Romans 8:5; Revelation 21:8; “The Importance of Practical Repentance“; “Delusion & the Tightening Noose of the Beast System“; “The Empire Under the Beast“; “The Image & Mark of the Beast System“)

“No one is able to serve two masters, for either he shall hate the one and love the other, or else he shall cleave to the one and despise the other. You are not able to serve Elohim and mammon.” – Matthew 6:24, ISR98

salvation from the stormThis is a sad matter indeed, but a matter that you can handle for yourself. Salvation is personal rather than a group activity. Are you willing to trust your Heavenly Father wholly and completely, putting aside the traditions and teachings of man? The world may see your actions as charting your own course. Culture will try to influence and change you. The authority of man may persecute you. However, you are never alone. YHWH is with you and will never forsake you. Only you can decide to set yourself apart for Him. (John 17:15-18; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 3:1, 10; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 12:1-2; James 1:1-27; “Foundation of Salvation“; “The Modern Life Culture Crisis“; “Consenting to Fables of Men“; “Culture: Prompting Falsehood Through the Lie“)

More vital teaching about authority:

Which Shepherd Do You Believe?
Leadership & the Universal Authority of Messiah
The Role of Authority in Your Life
Disciples of Messiah & the Authority of Man
Disciple: The Bible & Higher Authority
Spiritual Authority & Satan’s Wheels of Destruction
Good Shepherd – Bad Shepherd
Consenting to Fables of Men
“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your righteousness. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. May it be as you have promised!
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The names Yahshua and Yahushua are original language names for Jesus,
He is often referred simply as the Messiah or Master.
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