1 Corinthians 12:28 tells us that God has appointed specific ministerial positions in the church. Also note Ephesians 4:28. In my country it has been interesting to note that some of those positions, specifically that of the prophet and a number of the listed gifts are non existent. My understanding is that some ministers, particularly pentecostal, have turned their church into their own personal ministry rather than equipping the saints for the work of the ministry as per Ephesians 4:12.
This is a sad state of affairs for one [such as myself] who has been watching these churches morph into something unrecognisable over a long period of time. The church as a ministry as far as I am concerned, limits the body of Christ dramatically and has caused a lot of pain and heartache for members not blessed with similar gifts. For instance, if the minister believes the church has been called to function in the gifts of healing because the minister has that gift, it automatically disqualifies those moving in other gifts ie: counseling and deliverance, prophetic gifts, missions etc.
I have a friend who is gifted in end time prophecies, dreams and visions many of which have come to pass. He was told by his minister that the world was in the millennial reign where satan has been locked up for a thousand years thus such prophecies have already come to pass. If that were true, there would be no evil in the world....
I have another friend who could not help many people because counseling and deliverance ministries are considered defunct in some churches since christians cannot have demons and those who do have demonic entities are obviously not saved even though they have accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. Also noted are the ministers or leaders secretly coming for help with deliverance for themselves or other members.
On a bright note however, I have been noticing separate [streams] ministries working alongside the body of Christ who are utilizing those God given gifts outside the body entirely. Assisting also those same believers, who have mandated their church into a ministry rather than an equipping station for all believers.
These streams are amazing, rivers in the desert, powerful, anointed and desperately needed in the church and also the world we live in today.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then the lame shall leap like a deer,
And the tongue of the dumb shall sing
For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness,
And streams in the desert. Isaiah 35:5-6
Thank you Father for your wonderful gifts, in Jesus mighty and holy name.
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