When the Church Was Beheaded

Monogenes” is the Greek term for “unique”, and “unique” literally means “the only one”, “the sole”, the “exceptional” and “irreplaceable”. In the Holy Scriptures, uniqueness mostly attributed to our Lord Jesus Christ and one of the examples was His relation to the Father as His Son. The Father calls Him “the Only Begotten Son”. Thus, we are sure that those who will claim the position attributed only or given only to Christ, as what have taught in the gospel, is totally a fraud.

What will be the sense of Christ’s uniqueness if somebody will come and take the position that He holds? That’s blasphemy! And blasphemy was one of the gravest sins in the sight of God. In this period of modern Christianity, religious leaders who talk everyday about the gospel and salvation are the foremost in committing this kind of blasphemy, and yet many people cannot comprehend how serious are the sins committed by these leaders with whom they rest all the affairs of their souls. The words of the Lord declared;

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof? (Jeremiah 5:31)

Being the Son of God was one of the unique position of Christ; and being the Son, He was the Prince and the Head, or we may say, the President of all the properties of His Father, especially the Church which the Bible called as His body. Paul said;

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Colosians 1:18)

Christ is the Head of the body which is the Church. And since there is only one body , it must not have many heads. “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:5) One body means one head, therefore, being the Head of the Church is another unique position of Christ and no one can cut off the Head by claiming for himself the headship of the body. Of course, that would be an extreme blasphemy.

I am very surprised that in this period of Christianity, many religious leaders removed Christ from the position attributed only to Him by His Father. They removed Him as a head cut off from its own body. The Roman Catholic Church, the largest professing Christian Church, regarded the Bishop of Rome as the Head of the Church. According to them;

The Church’s doctrine as to the pope was authoritatively declared in the Vatican Council in the Constitution “Pastor Aeternus”. The four chapters of that Constitution deal respectively with the office of Supreme Head conferred on St. Peter, the perpetuity of this office in the person of the Roman pontiff, the pope’s jurisdiction over the faithful, and his supreme authority to define in all questions of faith and morals. (Source: Catholic Encyclopedia, Pope.)

There are also many Protestant denominations who disconnected themselves from the Communion of the Roman Church are now doing the same thing in their leadership. Protestant leaders are being addressed as “President”, “Chief Minister” or  “Chief Executive” in their respective denominations. The Seventh-Day Adventist Church, for example, addressed their worldwide leader in Maryland as “President”. The Iglesia Ni Cristo in the Philippines addressed Felix Manalo and his successors as “Executive Ministers”! Some evangelical churches, like the Kamuning Bible Christian Fellowship in the Philippines, call their leaders as “Head Pastor”. These are some sorts of blasphemy prevailing today in the religious world, and so many people are blinded enough to see the errors being done in their midst. Christ, the Head and the President of the Church, was totally forsaken from His own body. Imagine a begotten son and heir of all the properties of his father who was kicked out by the very servants of his father’s mansion and was usurped of his own office; what do you think the father will do to these wicked servants? Christ said, “He will miserably destroy those wicked men…” (Matt.21:41)

The book of Hebrews declared;

But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Heb.3:6)

In the House of God, we are all brethren, with only one Father and Christ as the only Head over the household. Preachers of the gospel should remember that they are servants in the house of God. They are messengers of the good news of salvation, and messengers should think not that God gave them any lordship over their brethren that their members will address them such as “rightful reverend”, “honorable”, or “most holy”. When the children of Israel choose for themselves a king that will lead them and rejected the Lord who ruled them and saved them from the bondage of their enemies, the Lord said;

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. (I Samuel 8:7)

 

 

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