You may have noticed my post where PCG recently put out an article in favor of their hierarchical one-man government theology. All this doctrine does is to justify the preeminence of the top wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The article starts out:
In God’s true Church, the form of government used is the same structure or method God has always used. It is a hierarchical form of government, from the top down. There is always one being or person at the head of whatever unit is being governed….
That simply is not true. I have already shown that in “Myth of the OT Hierarchical Government Mandate”. During the days of the Judges, several of them ruled in overlapping time periods, which is easily shown by a Bible study on the book. Then after the Kingdom of Israel split into two houses, it is obvious that there were 2 kings at any time in Israel.
… Consider the following:
In the God Family, the Father has always been supreme in authority. Under the Father, the Word did the work of creation (John 1:1-3). It was the Word who was slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). It was He who became Melchizedek, God’s High Priest, and it was He who became the Son of God. He clearly stated that the Father was greater than He was (John 14:28).
In a godly human family, the husband, who is under Christ, has authority over the wife (Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:23; 1 Peter 3:1).
Non sequitur. One does not necessarily flow from the other. In addition, if Christ’s bride is the Church, then he rules and not a man. Would a husband allow another man to rule over his wife?
Besides, can a man tell his wife how to govern herself? “Honey, I think you need to rearrange your brain synapses.” No, just as God did not enforce a government role during the times of the Judges (and was against it when they wanted one), God does not dictate how the Church should organize herself.
However, that is only the beginning of leaps of logic and outright distortions. That’s why I have to break this up into segments.
This is why Church of God groups (by and large) oppose getting involved in elections.
If there was a campaign for "Chief Apostle" or "Presiding Prophet," would Mr. Flurry win?
@Richard: You mean he's not? Seriously! Just because he is a "one man" show doesn't mean he isn't trying to play politics — with other groups. Let's see, a politician is campaigning when:
1. He tells you that he is the right man for the job. Not only that, he is the ONLY man for the job.
2. He constantly points out the inadequacies (or lukewarmness) of those in other parties (or church organizations).
3. He keeps telling you why he is more qualified.
4. He passes out campaign literature, like, say, Malachi's Message or The Little Book.
5. He buys TV time to hawk his ideas.
6. He tries to steal "votes" (tithes, church attendance) from other parties/churches.
Uh, what was the difference again?