Friday, August 2, 2013

"conditions" or restrictions of man placed on disciples of Christ -

Churches and denominations can and do provide a measure of accountability and safety to congregations, and to the people in those congregations. However, the artificial "rules" and "by-laws" of man can often "quench" the work of the Holy Spirit. It takes discerning pastors and leadership teams to identify and recognize those people and their gifts which should be empowered as "priests", shepherds within the assembly for whom God has plans to benefit all.
Regimental adherence to denominational or local doctrine or rules can and does deprive whole congregations from experiencing all God has for them. Be prudent, yes, but do not quench the Spirit, lest you foster spiritual death rather than transformation.

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