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Are we servants of the Spirit or prisoners of the Organization

Posted by appolus on October 11, 2017

There is a key aspect of life in Christ, it is the power of the Holy Spirit. Most would acknowledge this but many will not truly know what indeed they are acknowledging. What does it mean to be led of the Spirit as opposed to being prisoners of the organization? Let me give you a Biblical example of what it means to me.

Eze 47:9 And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.…….. Eze 47:11  But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.

What we see here in the prophet’s vision is the power of the Holy Spirit going forth, flowing out, always moving, always fresh always healing. In comparison we see what happens in the miry places, in the marshes where the water does not flow. It becomes stagnant and in those places there is no healing and it slowly turns to salt and all life eventually dies. This is such a stark difference. On the one hand we have on either side of the flowing river, evergreen trees, like the trees from Psa 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. On the other hand we have stagnant pools that go nowhere and are slowly dying or dead. There is no life in the miry places, there is no life in the marshes. This, to me, represents the Christian organizations of the world, the denominations.

In all things and at all times the Holy Spirit must be preeminent. If He is not then your church or your organization is dying. Now a dying man can look very healthy is that not right? It all depends upon where he is in the dying process. Initially there may be no outward signs at all ,yet over time he begins to succumb to death. In regard to organizations this process may take days, months , years or even century’s. An unknown author write the following which I subscribe to…………….

“There are many classifications into which men and women may be divided-upper, middle or lower class; rich, well to do and poor; religious, sceptical and atheist;… and so forth and so on. But as I think, the only categorization which really matters is that which divides men as between Servants of the Spirit and Prisoners of the Organization. That classification which cuts right across all other classifications, is indeed a fundamental one. The idea, the inspiration, originates in the internal world, the world of the Spirit… the idea having embodied itself in the organization, the organization then proceeds gradually to slay the idea which gave it birth. In the field of religion a prophet, an inspired man will see a vision of truth. He expresses that vision as best he may in words. Upon what his disciples understand of the prophets message an organization, a church is built. The half understood message in crystalized into a creed. Before long the principal concern of the church will be to sustain itself as an organization.”

You see, the moment the vision is shared and the people stop along the way and construct a structure or an organization in honor of the vision rather than simply moving forward on the current of the vision to the next vision, death begins its process in the marshes and the miry static places that many of us now call houses of worship. The preeminency of the Holy Spirit, of Jesus in our midst, is quite simply the current that keeps us moving and brings life to everything that it touches. The vision of a man or organization that usurps the preeminent Christ whether willingly or unwittingly is already in the process of dying. As the life of the Spirit wanes in the gathering then it must be gradually replaced by the passion of a man or a group. Rather than entering into His presence people begin to be entertained. They become spectators and not participators and begin to slowly. All over the land the gathering places are in the process of death, various stages perhaps, but death none the less. Outside of being a servant to the Holy Spirit and the preeminency of Jesus there is only death, no matter how skillfully it is covered up and masked, it is death by any other name. We shall be servants of the Holy Spirit or we shall be prisoners of the organization but we cannot be both…………bro Frank

5 Responses to “Are we servants of the Spirit or prisoners of the Organization”

  1. Nina said

    Reblogged this on For Such A Time As This and commented:
    Funny how more and more people are starting to see the same thing.

  2. Robert Taylor said

    You hit a home run with this one brother Frank. When we look at how our Lord ministered to the 7 churches of Asia, in every single case he exhorted the churches to “Listen to what the Spirit sayeth to the churches” Most modern day churches has completely gotten out of range of the voice of the Spirit of God…….Blessings from Mexico bro

  3. I don’t suppose their is, no in fact their cannot be, any such thing as a Christian institution or entity. Whether it be called a church, a hospital, college or a particular musical group, each one of them wanes further away from their supposed founders good intentions the longer they exist. It cannot be otherwise.

    Test it. Think of any of the above entities who do or previously have been called “Christian.” Take for example, each ivy league school in the Unites States. Were not they all at one particular time “Christian?” Yes and No. They were at one time called as Christian, but in time became altogether worldly and at present very much opposed to Christ. This is no accident, and no amount of determination or sincerity could prevent the inevitable. One simply cannot take of the flesh something and somehow make that spiritual in nature. The earthly must die, so the spiritual can take its place. Resurrection life stems from death alone.

    We ought to learn from this, but instead we re-double our building plans and efforts and continue our attempts to call what is (fleshly) into what is (spiritual). How silly we are.

    As one has said, serving church is not serving God, and I agree as Frank has said, the latter only breeds slaves who must prop up the earthly to make it appear heavenly.

    “You adulteresses, do young know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us.”

    There you have it from God Himself. The war has always been between this worlds spirit and the Holy Spirit. One breeds death while the other is life itself. The two oppose each other, they do not, cannot work as one. Choose wisely dear saint.

  4. drwjhurst said

    Dear Sir:

    Here is the quote which T Austin-Sparks took a portion from in his book “Prophetic Ministry”. I just traced it down yesterday because someone asked me to. (I had to copy and past the link into my browser.


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