Bill Evans provides good info
Marinov speaks below:
When we are talking about an institution (as in “institutional” church), we are talking about government. Which means, if we want the church to be reformed, we need to reform its government.
The Biblical basis of government is service. That means, before we even begin to talk about reforming the institutional church, we need to talk about SERVICE. Not like some self-deceived people who, when they hear the word “government,” start talking about “rule.”
The current institutional “church” has been specifically designed to have the rulers rule and the ruled serve the rulers. That is, in terms of its philosophy of government, it is not church at all, it is a pagan parody of the true Church. I have seen a precious few elders in the current institutional “church” who are true servants. The rest of them are simply petty bureaucrats.
You know a servant by the fact that his first thought is the well-being of his master. The vast majority of “elders” today first think of subjugating Christians under their “rule.” Thus, these are not true elders. These are pagans whose place is outside the Church.
You will know a true elder by the fact that he never speaks about submission to him as an elder, he always submits himself to the training and equipment of others until they outgrow the need to have him as their teacher.
Thus, anyone whose first thought is “submission to elders” is a false teacher, and shouldn’t be followed.
In sum: Christian leadership isn’t about power. It’s about service, first to God, and then to the brothers in the church, and naturally to the entire world.
I would say that this is even more central to a return to Kingdom-building pastors than the abolition of the extra-biblical (actually, seeing it’s fruit in the real world, anti-biblical) seminary.
Don’t blame the Cultural Marxists either, or the Elites, or Islam, or the Media, or Academia.
None of them could gain an ounce of power over the Church, without the willing and eager treason of both pulpit and pew… unwilling to risk or sacrifice anything at all for the expansion of Christ’s Kingdom in the here and now.
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. — Matthew 5:13, NKJV
Insure that the church regains the taste, the flavor, the savour that pleases God. And a Church, a Nation, a People, a Family, a Man that obeys and pleases God will not lack for power and authority.
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. — John 15: 1-7, NKJV
Plenty of branches are being burned, right now.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another. — John 15:16-17
Service, borne of a holy and righteous love, is the key.
Better to serve the Lord and men, and so bear much fruit, with the approval of Christ Jesus.
But God will not tolerate power-hungry wolves to long lead His people. Nor should those who love Him, allow worthless, lying, Kingdom-shrinking shepherds to remain in positions of authority.
By their diseased, sterile, poisonous, and worthless fruit, over the years and over the decades, you already know them.
Do not permit such Satanic, bone-corrupt, spiritually filthy snakes to lead the People of God. They have already destroyed both men and nations, even gutted Western Christendom with their soft, man-pleasing words, “having the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof”….
…and this rank treason must STOP.