Then they said to Moses, "Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, lest we die." (Exodus 20:19)
Hierarchy breeds inertia. In a hierarchy everyone waits to see what the leader wants. The unspoken rule is, "If you perform properly, you're acceptable." Everyone is afraid to step out and do something creative or innovative. That is one of the big problems in the structured church. There is plenty of activity, but it's mostly busyness, it doesn't establish new beachheads.
A disciple of Jesus Christ must have the liberty to move as Christ directs, not as someone higher up the ecclesiastic ladder directs. When God tells us to do something, we need freedom to say, "Yes, Lord." We shouldn't feel obligated to filter God through someone to whom God has probably not spoken.
Not all church leaders demand this kind of authority. The problem is that most Christians are reluctant to hear from God. Like the Israelites, they're afraid He may say something that could make them uncomfortable. So they place themselves under a hierarchy and assume a comfortable position of inertia. That is no place for a disciple of Jesus Christ.
A disciple of Christ should belong to a church group, but he should be more responsible for himself than the hierarchy requires. A disciple understands that he is directly accountable to God for his spiritual walk, not to a man-shepherd.
For the waywardness of the naive shall kill them, and the complacency of fools shall destroy them. (Proverbs 1:32)
That is the precarious position of Christianity today. Most Christians passively submit to an amiable hierarchy and become anesthetized.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
That prophecy is coming to pass. The average Christian continuously looks to his leader to be told what to do and how well he did it, while the elite, vocal minority in this country insidiously removes God and His precepts from the church.
The anti-Christ movement is spawned in the classrooms of our educational institutions. Masqueraded in noble-sounding rhetoric, it flows out through the liberal press and the entertainment media. It feeds upon its own articulate excrement and spreads its cancerous ideologies across the nation and the world. The result is a treacherous alteration of the course of society toward eternal separation from God.
The only way to alter the course of society is to alter men's hearts. It starts with the heart of each of us individually. The need to accomplish moral reformation is imminent, but there is no drive-through window available to speed the process. We can't line up the world and give everyone a quick fix with an injection of truth. The morality of man is changed by a head to head, heart to heart process.
Do we want to please man or God? We begin by saying, "Yes!" to Him. God does speak to us. In 1 Corinthians 2:9-16, we learn that the Spirit of God yearns for us to hear and to obey. If we begin at that point, God will do the rest.
Five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. (Leviticus 26:8)
The disciple is important to God. The passive Christian, from his position of inertia, can't chase anybody. He doesn't hear directly from God if he filters God through an intermediary. But a disciple of Jesus Christ is in direct communion with Him through His Holy Spirit.
When we plug into the Source we receive energy and capacity not possible in ourselves alone. We become part of His army, committed vessels through whom He moves and counteracts the forces of opposition.
We only have to be willing to communicate directly with God, and to have the courage to say, "Yes, Lord!"
Jesus is King!
P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?
Question for today: How do I respond when God speaks directly to me?