You know, I have tried to “submit” myself to some of these “Apostles” that I have “been under”. Unfortunately it almost always gets down to the question of whose Kingdom are we working to grow. When I read Paul’s writings, he makes it pretty clear that we are all partners in this venture. God is no respecter of mankind, and all have the same chance to be a child of God or become a child of satan.
NO WHERE in NT scripture are we taught that we “must be under a covering” to do the work of the calling on our life.
Here is an interesting link that I believe pretty well sums up this subject:
I have found, at least in my ministry work, that most of these people who say you “must be covered” are not interested in teamwork, but in lordship over individuals and growing their own personal kingdoms.
There is only One Head of The Church, and His name is Jesus, The Christ, The Son of God.
Our ultimate accountability is to HIM and no man or woman. This has nothing to do with “everything done decent and in order” that Paul refers to in 1Corinthians 14:40. This verse is in reference to keeping things from getting to a point of chaos during worship services or meetings.
I am asked sometimes about submitting to a “covering”. I ask this question. When a person comes to Christ, does he or she sign a membership to the Body of Christ? No. We come to Him freely and He accepts us with open and loving arms. HIS only request is for us to repent and follow HIM. God isn’t interested in us building all these micro-kingdoms that are scattered about. If it isn’t about building His Kingdom, then we should have no part of it. The only membership He is interested in, is us being His Children. He writes our names in The Book of Life. It is a personal relationship with your Heavenly Father that matters to Jesus.
Well, what about ” don’t forsake the assembling together”, doesn’t that mean going to church? Let’s look at it and see.
Hebrews 10:24-26 (King James Version)
24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. 26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
So the primary reason for this verse is to “exhort one another”. To help one another “as the day approaches”, so that you don’t continue in sin. That doesn’t say you go to a church building and submit yourself to an “apostle” or “pastor” to be “exhorted”. We, as the Body, are to “exhort one another”. We, as the body, are to “edify one another”. This does not mean “you have” to submit to anyone, other than God.
What about the local church? Yes, by all means, I support the local church. It is a place of “worship” to The Lord. It is a place of fellow-shipping with other believers and it is a place to “equip and edify one another”. It never was intended to be a place where someone is “lorded over”. Too many churches and too many Christians have become idol worshippers of “their church”. They are so caught up in “their church” that they will miss what God is trying to say or do, because it doesn’t fit with “their churches doctrines”.
This whole concept of “submitting” to someone, does little to promote the team-work that Paul mentions in
2 Corinthians 6:1-3 (King James Version)
We then, as workers together
with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. 2
(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 3
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
“Workers Together”!!! I help you to grow and you help me to grow in our personal walk with God and the end results come down to His Kingdom grows and He is Exalted. It is about unity in the Body, like a precision watch with all the gears meshed and running smoothly.
Finally, is the sky going to fall if you aren’t “under a covering”?
I don’t think so!!!!! Remember this one thing! God always looks at the heart. If your heart is tilted toward Him, then so what if you don’t quite buy into “religion”. Jesus didn’t either!!
Find your self a strong Bible believing, Spirit Filled and ALIVE church, that is more concerned about Him and what He wants, and not so much about what the latest “Apostolic, Prophetic ” word is.
Does that mean I am changing my position on Apostles and Prophets for today? NO, a hundred times over, NO!! I believe according to Ephesians 4 in the Five Fold ministry, and that Yes, it is for us today. Just be careful of who you submit to!
Are they building you up and equipping you for the work of the ministry? Are they helping you to grow in your walk with Jesus? Or, are they holding you back from the calling on your life, perhaps to build “their church”? Are they giving you good sound doctrine that lines up with God’s Holy Word, and not some mans’ commentary or some denominations doctrines?
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all His righteousness, and these things shall be added unto you”