Do you suffer from high priest syndrome?
What is it like?
A. Being in a position to prophesy but is lost through unbelief, as Caiaphas was.
And this spake he *not of himself*: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; John 11:51
B. Declared guiltless (for habitual violation of the law as the priests were) but imposing condemnation on others (as did a harassing Pharisee faction tried to do, causing even Peter an embarrassing disorientation).
But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews? Galatians 2:14
If one builds community on legal authority, regulations, statutes, judgments, and visions then one is sure to want people to say “Yes sir”, “Yes ma’am” without thinking.
Leaders and followers who have no input are out of sync with the Church Christ built.
The narrative in Numbers 16 shows that respect for leadership is important to God and beneficial to us. God killed Israelites for opposing Moses and Aaron.
Leadership that gives in to loving the world more than the word deserves to be shown the door. But why is it that most corporate entities can fire their leaders except the church?
Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men: And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?
Leave it to God you say? Leave it to the leaders to ensure purity? When was the last time someone dropped dead in church for lying to the pastor?
With the signs of decay everywhere, the Jewish state (religious and secular authorities) refused to repent. Simply saying whatever ancestors have said is not good enough. While there must be a turning of the children’s heart to the fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children, there comes that important juncture at which everyone turns to where God is pointing. Breaking out of the bounds set by the community was the venture that faced Yeshua’ s contemporaries. Our traditions are no more written in stone than the faded Sinai Covenant.
The kingdom of God is a repentance phenomenon. There is no kingdom experience without a change of mind.
People who think that they have been in the faith all their lives because they have kept the rules are deluded. It does not matter what you have believed it practiced before coming to faith in Christ. “Old deadend” vs “new and living Way” is a mismatch.
Just by thinking that Judaism can continue is defiling. Telling others that the apostolic faith and the Church is (or includes) the Sinai covenant are synonymous with pure rebellion. The old is not the new.
No modern movement has the right to redefine the faith. Neither James, nor the Arians, nor Augustine, nor Martin Luther have anything to add to the gospel. If a movement is to be evaluated let it be by its record of clarifying the exclusive and preeminent place that Christ occupies as Saviour. Modern movements, without exception, have muddied the waters with pernicious errors, cover-ups, by majoring in minors, and by appealing to crude and unfounded examples of accountability.
Not Pentecost but Passover.
Not food and drink (for any reason) but love joy and peace in the Holy Spirit.
Not the second coming but life today.
Not obedience but humble gratitude.
Not Saturday but every day.
Not Sinai but Golgotha.
Not Moses but Yeshua
Repentance, a change of thinking, is
is necessary to break the chain of tradition and ending centuries of imprisonment under law and regulations like little children. Faith comes to end the old regime, not to give it a thumbs-up.
Paul evaluated the Gentiles as a law unto themselves and as showing up the Jews as stiffnecked and blind. In the modern era Jews are abandoning all for Christ while a large number of Gentiles are opting for the embarrassing emptiness of Judaism.
Since we are priests to God we have a duty to be on point when authority shames itself. For the first-time the Christian priesthood – that means all of us – has the sacred duty to protest and oppose the oppression of hired hands and deluded visionaries. Every church and every corporate institution has this problem and many will never move from their cherished “chosen” place, unlike our fathers the apostles and Christ the preacher from Nazareth. Too much money and prestige is at stake. We can move, God willing.