So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. NKJV
In 2015 the UK’s Christian Institute opened up one of its reports by saying, “Pastors, rabbis and other religious leaders will be subject to Government training and security checks and will have to enroll in a “national register of faith leaders”, under leaked Government legislation.The proposal, which appears in a draft version of the Government’s new counter-extremism strategy seen by The Sunday Telegraph, would affect Christian ministers and other religious leaders who wish to work with the public sector.The Christian Institute has warned that it represents an attack on freedom of religion, not seen since the 17th century…….”
In the United Kingdom I was ordained in the late 1990’s. Legally I am a ‘Reverend,’ even a revered man. What a bunch of Baloney! In the USA and the UK, I have also been involved in setting up two charities of the Christian Religion which allow those charities to ordain men to the ministry and bestow upon them the title of Pastor and Reverend. Again, what a bunch of Baloney. The fact that the title of ‘Reverend’ rarely appears on title designations within the capture of contact details of most current software programs is not only a derisory backhanded slap from the secular world, but is maybe a good thing. Let me tell you why.
The term ‘Reverend’ became a recognition of completed training and of rank within the clerical classes. It is not and neither is there any hint of this title within the Scriptures. Neither is there any ordination to priesthood or to the church. Every believer is a priest and we are all part of the church. Neither is there any ordination into the church or to leadership. You are either one of God’s gifts to the church or you are not, you are either acknowledged by a local congregation as an elder, or are not, Holy Spirit and local body prompted elders either lay hands on you for entrance into the ‘Stores and Supply’ team or they do not. (Remember Elders and Deacons and are simply the spiritual and temporal purveyors of stores and supply into the local church body of believers.)
All the title Reverend has ever done for me is allow me into hospitals to spiritually attend the sick and the dying when other people might not be allowed, and accorded me some respect from the spiritually ignorant both within and outside Christendom. Baloney! The only validation of any ministry, is the seen Divine stamp, which is measured only in the blessing of God. Or ‘certain death’ if you are a prophet.
There shall, no doubt, be placed before you a number of reason to be part of such an elite and national approved faith leaders list, least of which will be your ability to ‘operate’ with recognition as an approved minister in the eyes of the state. The present need for system trained Cultural Respectability will make most ministers comply. Indeed, their own denominations will require it, especially when the continued supply of their salaries, pension plans and housing will be sued as a beating stick. However, there are three reason why YOU MUST NOT GO ON THIS LIST AND YOU MUST TELL THEM TO STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DOES NOT SHINE! It is time to ditch these titles. It is time to be seen as a servant, even a purveyor of stores and supply, that the whole body of Christ might be equipped for works of service. I say this, because very soon these ‘Officers of Religion,’ these recognized ‘Faith Leaders’ will be made part of a secular registry, even a roundup of Rabbis, Vicars, Imams, Bishops and Baptist Reverends which will all put on a monitoring list for the protection of society from rogue terrorists. Once on the ‘little list,’ they will no doubt give you another title, a badge and a big hat of some kind, together with Govt. approval to receive appropriate funding. They might even recruit you to help with gathering information and keeping the congregation calm in times of national crisis (self-created or otherwise) and if you are very lucky, a small financial stipend on the side, or benefits ‘in kind,’ for your service to the good of the wider society.
First of all, my dear servant of Christ, adopted son of the living God, when did you fall so far as to allow yourself to be grouped with heretics, apostates, compromisers and purveyors of false gods? When did you ditch your one and only saving faith for the filth of the lowest common denominator that is leading billions to hell? When did you become just a ‘faith leader’ instead of a Servant of the Living God? Any national government faith leader list is for cowards and compromisers. Do not stoop so low.
Secondly, when did you sell out Jesus as your Lord? When did these secular authorities become your master and your king? When did you bow your knees to the devil’s Muppets instead of to Christ your king? When did you sell out brother? This list is for cowards and compromisers. Do not bend the knee to Caesar.
Thirdly, when did you take the big fat stupid pill? Being on any national register of faith leaders will let the anti-Christ authorities know where you live, what you do, what you believe, how far you will go for them, as well as who you are currently ‘taking care of,’ in your congregations, together with and any other information you may be required to pass on to them. This list is for idiots.
I am afraid we need now to be prepared to lose our charitable status. I am afraid we need to be prepared to lose our well-loved titles and positions and all the accouterments of pay, pensions, premises and prestige that goes along with them. A time of choosing has now come to the true SAS of God. It is time to separate and begin again. It is time for the sheep to leave the goats. It is time.
DO NOT GO ON THIS LIST and my friends, do not truck with, or trust anyone else who is on it. Remember, as Ko-Ko (or Cuckoo) the Executioner once said, “As someday it may happen that a victim must be found, I’ve got a little list — I’ve got a little list of society offenders who might well be underground. I’ve got a little list, I’ve got a little list.”
Listen: Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying: “A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted, Because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:16-18 NKJV)
Pray: Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord! Awake as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Are You not the arm that cut Rahab apart, and wounded the serpent? Are You not the One who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep; that made the depths of the sea a road For the redeemed to cross over? So the ransomed of the Lord shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness; Sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 51:9-11 NKJV)