Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
But Peter said to him, “Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”
Then Simon answered and said, “Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.
Most of today’s Pastors and Christian leaders have sought to purchase their religious titles from various institutions of Faith and/or Learning. In one way or the other, they acquired their ecclesiastical titles of Apostle, Reverend, Pastor, Bishop, Elder or some other fabricated office of importance from mankind and/or the institutions of men. They think that the offices in GOD’S Ekklesia can be bought or acquired from other men or religious and academic institutions of men. But they are wrong and their thinking is sinful. The money that they pay for their religious degrees and credentials as well as any monies that they may have paid to their religious institutions for the purpose of influencing that church or institution to confer upon them a religious title is cursed.
The offices of Service and Leadership in God’s TRUE Ekklesia (The CHURCH) are given by CHRIST and not bought with money or earned in a classroom or conferred by men.
Many ambitious as well as well-intentioned Christians have been deceived by Satan. Their minds are TWISTED away from the TRUTH of GOD and His Divine Prerogative and Power to “Give” divine authority and gifts to whomever He desires. They seek validation and credentials from men to impress other men. Their motives for wanting an office in the Body of Christ are selfish and not inspired by a genuine love for GOD or gratitude toward GOD. They think of offices and titles in the Body of Christ in terms of career promotion, social prestige, power, financial success and honor. But genuine leadership assignment and authority comes only as “GIFTS” from God through Christ and then only to those who have believed the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, repented of their sins and of their human birth and have been born again of the water and of the Spirit according to the commands of God in John 3:3-7 and Acts 2:38.
“And He personally gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers…” (Ephesians 4:11)
For more revelation into the wretched and wicked practice of purchasing and acquiring ecclesiastical titles and offices of Christian leadership from men and human institutions, please visit the following site: “Many Went Who Were Not Sent.”
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