The Body Of Christ, A Reality, Part III
If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. I Corinthians 12:17,18
The purpose of these messages are to open your eyes to your destiny and purpose in the body and to expose those things that are man made such as the "Senior Pastor" leading the church. Don't get me wrong there are godly men who are in fact shepherds, men who have been given that gifting in the body to train you and equip you in the things of God and the work of divine service in the kingdom, but they were never meant to be the head of the body of Christ.
The body of Christ is not intended to be a headless horseman because Jesus is the Head, the problem being He is invisible for the most part and we have been filled with religious tradition saying we must be led by a man! The sons of God are led by the Spirit of God and each one has an important gift to give to one another so that the entire body is edified. When one man is leading all you receive is whatever he gives and so the rest of the members shut down and become dormant not being able to contribute their God given part.
This is what the above referenced scripture is saying, if the whole body were an eye where would the hearing be and that's what we have become, a one man band. The modern day pastor has taken on the work of the entire body instead of training and equipping he is paid to do our work of service and ends up burning out or he becomes a best selling super star and ends up with a mega church full of spectators. Over fifteen hundred pastors and ministers leave the ministry every month, disillusioned and worn out they wander off into oblivion because they simply took on more than they were supposed to do. It all looks good and millions trudge off to church every week, but it is diametrically opposed to the proper function of the body of Christ!
And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again to the feet, "I have no need of you." No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. I Corinthians 12:19-22
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin