Who’s in charge of the church? Who’s in authority over the church? The pastor? A bishop? A priest? Elders? A board of directors or deacons? The pope?
The correct answer—the biblical one—is none of the above. Jesus Christ alone is the founder and Head of the church—the Body of Christ.
However, the New Testament speaks of priests and pastors and bishops. Are certain people given special places of authority over people within the church? Well, yes and no.
Have you ever watched a child’s body language when they don’t want to do something? They turn away in some way. They’re defiant and often stubborn in their defiance.
As we get older, not really more mature, we learn to do this in more subtle ways. It’s called passive-aggressive behavior.
This reaction—whether external or internal—can be destructive, especially when we get defiant and stubborn with God.
The Lord, the only true God, has spoken. He has summoned the earth from where the sun rises to where it sets. God shines from Zion, the perfection of beauty.
Our God will come and will not remain silent. A devouring fire is in front of him and a raging storm around him. He summons heaven and earth to judge his people:
“Gather around me, my godly people who have made a pledge to me through sacrifices.” The heavens announce his righteousness because God is the judge. Selah [vss 1-6]
Quoting a truth is easier than living it out in real life. Putting truth on a plaque or poster is nice, but it doesn’t change a person’s life.
Memorization of Scripture is good for retention, but it won’t produce transformation in a person’s life on its own. What we know in our minds doesn’t automatically bring change in our hearts or our self-will.
Truth doesn’t bring transformation until it’s transferred from thought into action, which requires an active, personal faith.
The Christian faith is not a set of abstract beliefs. A confession of faith is more than words and thoughts written out or spoken.
Genuine Christian faith is anchored in Jesus. Not only what is believed in Him as the Christ, the Messiah, the Savior of the world, but in relationship with Him.
Genuine Christianity is centered on the person of Jesus Christ, not a set of doctrines to be practiced or beliefs to hold. The book of Hebrews makes this very clear.