RESTORING THE FIRE OF GOD
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Ephesians 4:11,12
This is God's pre-ordained order for His church and the divine purpose for their gifting, to equip the body for the work of ministry! Church is not a place to go, it is a Person to be, the person and expression of the Lord Jesus Christ in the earth.
Jesus didn't choose twelve pastors, He chose twelve apostles, literally ones sent, the architects of the church who carry the divine blueprint. If He had chosen pastors His glorious church would still be stuck in Jerusalem as many churches are today with men who become demagogs to their congregations and the whole structure turns into a pyramid!
Take a hard look at many of today's mega-churches with thousands of spectators oohing and aahing over these men who are filled with lust and selfish ambition set to fall from their pedestals of pride and greed! Pastor is only mentioned a couple of times in NT scripture and there needs to be multiple pastors, but they are not the leaders of the church, apostles are! This shepherd/sheep model was done away with at the cross, and Jesus became the Chief Shepherd. Satan drug up the old model to deceive and prevent the true church from its destiny!
Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:13
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE
That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. Ephesians 4:14
Although I have faith and hope in the true church of Jesus Christ I don't think what we have now can be changed, it will have to be a totally new creation founded and grounded by apostles. The old mold needs to be broken and a new and vibrant assembly of converts will be trained and equipped for service in the body of the Lord Jesus Christ!
New Creations in Christ with a heavenly mindset, free from the traditions and doctrines of men and demons and trained for service in His kingdom! We have all grown up under the present model of the church and it has been replicated over and over for centuries and like most we believed this was God's plan and don't get me wrong, although the structure was wrong, God blessed many with a harvest of souls and there were many Godly pastors who laid down there lives for the kingdom.
I was a pastor for years with several churches and for our own residential ministry and it was out of necessity I had to walk in that gifting until God showed me a more excellent way! My pastor, friend and mentor, David invited me to a meeting held by a group of South American pastors called the G-12. The main speaker was a pastor for years and he was perplexed that his congregations would never exceed 150 or so and he cried out to God for an answer and the Lord showed him His divine government of twelve, thus the G-12 movement began!
But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ. Ephesians 4:15
Up until I reluctantly went to this G-12 seminar, I was firmly settled with the structure of the modern day church, never questioning its design or function. After I listened to the main speaker and founder of the G-12 movement they laid hands on everyone to receive the vision of the government of God.
Before I could resist, they laid hands on me and the meeting was over. It wasn't long after the meeting before God began to show me the design of His glorious New Testament church and the government of twelve! My eyes were opened and the number twelve permeated by soul and I couldn't get it out of my mind! Jesus showed me His foundational stones, the twelve apostles who would bring to fruition His Divine design!
Jesus chose twelve apostles who multiplied into 120, then the 120 multiplied into 3000 and then the 3000 multiplied into 5000 and so on and so on up until man defiled it! This move of God in South America proved successful with thousands and thousands coming to the Lord multiplying into the millions, but when it landed in America it slowed down because people refused to lay down their lives to make disciples.
From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:16
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ