The early Christian’s lived within the COG community context, and so must we — the claims of the corporate ministry on the COG, while we remain in the world, is a stumbling block to our separating from this evil systemic – the corporate ministry is a symptom of the disease; its claims and demands are opposed to God’s community !! – the communitarian Gospel will prevail; there is only one mediator between God and man, and it is NOT the corporate ministry !! — the “corporate ministry” claims all as its own, within its purview; the corporate ministry will claim that we are rejecting God’s ministry [themselves]; the corporate ministry is rejecting itself, they are rejecting their own positions WITHIN the “ministry of the brethren” — THERE IS NO DIVISION OF THE CHURCH INTO LAITY AND MINISTRY – we are ALL encouraged to minister the gifts God has given us; ministry is something freely done, freely shared, freely given; ministry is NOT a position, NOT an office, IT IS AN ACT OF COMMON FELLOWSHIP, OF LOVE !! — the common ministry’s responsibility is to give right guidance to God’s people [we are all responsible to each other with our gifts; that is our common work, the “work of God”, the establishing of His community] – it is “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But ** speaking the truth in love **, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ” [Ephesians 4:12-15].
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