To the elect saints and ladies across the land of the Gentiles may your Father bless you with the Holy Spirit and increase your knowledge and wisdom.
Council of Elders is an interesting topic that I have not seen preached upon in 40 yrs of my Christian walk in any Church that I was affiliated in. Before I get into the subject manner at hand. I read a blog from a young pastor that follows me. I will not use his last name. I do however take time out however to give Kudo,s to the young people out there that are struggling with their faith.
Pastor Jeffries wrote a blog on smoking, drinking, and tattoos a couple of months ago. I read it today and it was pretty good. He had the scriptures and everything. He left out one important point, everything is done in moderation; the real test is what is in your heart. We can see that by your outward actions; do you love your neighbor. Notwithstanding he is growing in Christ as is his wife, this would probably be one Church that I would attend.
Council of Elders; I have to reflect back to the days of my youth. I am a combat vet and we used to get in butterball Lt.s that just got out of West Point or OCS they were book learned. When we got into combat missions they would always pull out the college degrees and tells us that was how we were to survive in combat. Instead of talking to the combat vet.
On one particular mission over the course of several days, we lost 900 children; we were 23 or so at the time. We were in a country we were not supposed to be in. All because of a butterball Lt.’s and faulty intel 900 children died in a short span of time. To the parents of these soldiers, they died in a training accident. Satan justifies lies to cover physical and spiritual death.
To the young Pastors out there I do not care what college you got your degree from. You listen to your wife, I guarantee you she is the combat vet. If her heart is aligned with Christ then listen to her, she comes from your rib. Your reverence goes to her not the congregation. The congregation is secondary the covenant of marriage in Christ is primary.
Spiritual warfare is the same as combat, as a pastor, you hold the blood of your congregation in your hands. You teach feel good theology the blood will be on your shoulders for the sins of others. When the Romans besieged Jerusalem in 70 AD. The blood running down the streets was ankle deep. Jerusalem fell because one man told the Sadducees and the Pharisees that God would prevail. Interesting also, it was one guy, Peter who betrayed Christ, and the blood flowed. It is the same analogy in one’s spirit.
Council of Elders is rooted in Jewish history. I could sit here and give you tons of scripture to read that is not my style. It is your responsibility to read the Bible and let the Holy Spirit speak to you.
Example: [Deuteronmy: 27 1] “And Moses with the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying Keep the commandments which I command you this day.”
The Israelites could not pick up the ARK to carry it unless they had the Council of Elders present. [1 Samuel 4:3] ” And when the people were come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today before the Philistines? Let us fetch the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of Shiloh unto us, that, when it cometh among us, it may save you out of the hand of our enemies.”
The Council of Elders was extremely important in the days of the ancient’s before the Israelites proceded to engage in any activity. So as it should be in our present times. You engage the combat vets of Christianity before you preach on anything. Once you preach the word or write it in cyber-space it is in the Court of Law to be judged. I am well aware that I am preaching to a congregation. My writings go worldwide to feed many people. If I teach faulty information then a lot of folks are going to die spiritually. Their blood will flow across my shoulders. No different than the blood flowing in the streets of Jerusalem.
My Council of Elders consist of the following:
- Geneva Bible 1599
- Mathew Henry Commentaries
- Jewish commentaries
- Hebrew Interlinear Bible
- Authorized King Jame Bible
- Latin Vulgate
- The Antiquities of the Jews, 1 AD
- the Pentateuch
- The Torah
- Multiple versions of the KJV
We followed our guides; we did as we saw others do! God has given a rule to walk by, in his word; neither the example of the most, nor of the chief, must influence us contrary thereto: if we do as the most do, we must go where the most go, even into the burning lake. [MH]
Before I write anything I spend time with the Lord and contemplate things I am going to write on. I get an answer every time.
Talk to the Lord, always ask questions and say your prayers.