Monday, August 4, 2008

Leadership Direction

It is very hard to write a corporate personnel chart to describe the positions of leadership because of what God has written in His Holy Bible. Check it out:

  • Matthew 23:7-12 (NASB95)
    6 "They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 "But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 "But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 "Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
For this reason, anyone seeking to be involved in leadership will be rejected. No exceptions. When authoritative positions are needed for the sake of accomplishing common goals, servants will be selected in the same manner demonstrated in Acts 6:1-6.
  • Hebrews 8:8-12 (NASB95)
    8 For finding fault with them, He says, "BEHOLD, DAYS ARE COMING, SAYS THE LORD, WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH;
    9 NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD.
    10 "FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
    11 "AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN, AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER, SAYING, 'KNOW THE LORD,' FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM.
    12 "FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE."
For this reason, there will be no pulpits, video cameras, microphones or any other mechanisms which will facilitate the exaltation of one person over another. All announcements will be accomplished via email to members of this blog. All teaching will be facilitated in groups of no more that 13 individuals per group, 12 students of Jesus and one servant facilitator forbidden to teach. These groups will be known as E-12 groups.

  • John 16:5-16 (NASB95)
    5 "But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?' 6 "But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. 8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment; 9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me; 11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged. 12 "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. 14 "He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. 15 "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you. 16 "A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me."
For this reason, all spiritual manifestations will be scrutinized by the writings in the Holy Bible in order to determine the will of God in every matter.

Do you see how God wants to be the Leader, Father and Teacher of all of us? There are many more verses that support this desire in God's heart. The problem then arises when humans seek to fill these positions by looking to other humans. This grieves God just as it grieved God when the Israelites sought a human king like the other nations around them. Check it out in 1 Samuel 8.

Now combine this with the fact that all legal entities must be licensed in this country as some form of business and the problem gets even more difficult. How do you gather the people of like minds together to minister to God and establish Him as King when such an act is very nearly tantamount to an act of treason? To remove man's authority in education, government, and social accountability by making God our educator, leader or governor and father or social standard is to be friend with God, but an enemy to the world. So how do you gather to minister to God as King without committing treason against your own country whose government has been raised up by God? The answer is submit to governing authorities.

With this in mind, Lamplighter's Celebration as an organization of like minds must submit to the laws of corporations within this country. This means Lamplighter's Celebration must define a governing counsel pursuant to these laws. Therefore, Lamplighter's Celebration has been organized as a corporation with one apostle to fill the position as president and 24 governing elders as board members.

These governing servants are required to complete all requirements prior to election into office. They are individuals who have been recognized by the membership as having many of the qualifications of a true apostle as set forth in the Bible. Each holds the required current State and Federal licensure for their field of study. Each one has undergone extensive biblical studies within their specific field of authority to determine God's will in their respective areas of government. All servant elders report directly and equally to the apostle and are responsible for ONLY one branch of authority. For a description of the 12 branches click here. You can see our organizational chart by clicking here.

As members decrease and become servants to the community, Jesus will increase in the eyes of the community. Thus, members will become eligible for authoritative positions.

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