The poverty of your soul
I started checking on what it means to band together and found it almost always started with one person who looked as though he or she had a particularly firm grasp on what was perceived as being “right”, “logical” and “proper” in their assessment of threats and the portents of the deity they followed. They always seemed to have a base knowledge derived from faith in a higher power. The first Congregationalists (a term to denote religion; not any particular group using Congregation in its title) were ministers of a faith and as such were chosen as leaders. They seemed ordained or fated to a life of leadership.
In this effort I ran into John F. Brug’s monograph concerning: “Ordination and Installation in The Scriptures” (© 2015). A scholarly effort, it explains: “Scripture gives no definition of ordination. Nor is there any scriptural word which corresponds to the English term “ordination.” Nor is there any systematic description of a rite for entry into the public ministry of the Word. There is no scriptural command that ordination be observed as a rite marking entry into the pastoral ministry. Scripture gives no definition of ordination. Nor is there any scriptural word which corresponds to the English term “ordination.” Nor is there any systematic description of a rite for entry into the public ministry of the Word. There is no scriptural command that ordination be observed as a rite marking entry into the pastoral ministry.”
So it seems the ministry isn’t so much a destiny observed and appointed to in the most basic of senses, but is determined by a person’s innate understanding of the scripture learned and the desire to spread the word through a ministry. It’s only recently we see colleges and seminaries assuring and certifying the supposed piety of the ministerial candidate. They lay hands on that individual in the place of God, because they of course were chosen by others like them before the novice. They suggest they alone have the understanding of God’s true meaning in scripture. All others should heed them in their sermons and should emulate the supposed piety and godliness of the already chosen representatives.
In the Congregationalist setting there is no dissent accepted. There may be debate, but dissent leads to ostracism and shunning. The end result must always provide harmony and accord. The members of the congregation come to believe only they hold the answers to life questions and what’s good for the congregation. The fear of that ostracism bonds the individuals. Excommunication is an example of this.
This is where I have a problem with congregationalism. I don’t feel simply because you’re a fool and have a group of idiots agreeing with you and keeping you installed in your ministry because they feel they’re doing the right thing for the congregation doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. But, when the congregation pays you directly to feed them chapter and verse based on your self-serving ministry of deceit and corruption of the original tenets of the faith; you have a bastard religion divesting itself of its piety and goodness.
The tripartite form of government formed by the Constitution is the scripture of a free nation and its equally free people. It’s designed however with flaws. The President has become the High Priest of Government extolling his congregations, the Senate and the House of Representatives, to accept his INTERPRETATION of the scripture. He no longer reads the scripture because he’s convinced himself he’s all knowing and any other interpretation must be wrong. To disagree is heresy. It’s blasphemy. It’s a denial of the new god he sees himself as being.
And his blinded, bedazzled and superlatively stupefied congregation marches along like rats following the Pied Piper off of a cliff. They drink the poisoned Kool-Aid ® they’ve been told will lead them to paradise as told by Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guiana. They commit a form of societal suicide because they want to belong to something they’ve been told is greater than they are.
God imbued us with the will and intelligence to see and know the difference between right and wrong. He commanded we follow “HIS” word, not the craven images and impostors placed before us to test our faith and understanding of that rightness he demands. This works in faith and in politics as well.
Do your representatives represent policies and laws and adherence to those laws; or do they allow divergence and a departure from that which was written by the best and wisest minds of our country during its infancy? Does the preaching of the blasphemer take hold and lead us to our self-destruction? Or do we go with a strict adherence to what we know is good and right? What was right then is right now. It needs NO alteration; merely that it, like God’s law is inviolate and not opened to negotiation because you want what you want and to hell with those who disagree.
I say to Hell with those who stray and set themselves up for their spiritual and political suicide by following false prophets seeking great profits.
The poverty of your soul is the cost of your refusal to do what’s right.
Thanks for listening