As the Philadelphia Era grew at 33% a year for 30 years or more, it became necessary to organise the church. It had to be organized as the Government of God, that is from the TOP down and NOT like a democracy from the bottom up.
And yet, within the government structure, there was constant c o m p e t i t i o n for the positions to which promising or outstanding people were noticed and were raised to. Deacons and Deaconesses, Preaching Elders, full-time College trained and paid Ministers/Pastors, Evangelists, Heads of the Ministry, who were normally Evangelist’s, but not on one occasion, and Members of the Council of Elders who were Evangelists and then the Leader of the Church Era who was over the entire Church for more than 50 years in the case of the Philadelphia Era, accepting the rank of Apostle in the years before his death in order to defeat a very large headquarters EVANGELISTS rebellion.
Constant Competition Crept In
So, what was it which caused the C O M P A T I T I O N in these MEN struggling to become converted, as some began seeking power of authority in the church? It was the fact that E A C H of these positions were viewed to be A STEP UP THE C O R P E R A T E LADDER! In other words we had and have a church government which is structured BOTH as CHURCH and C O R P O R A T E- government!
Deacons & Deaconesses were to be chosen by the members of the churches. The membership was to be asked who here has been serving your needs faithfully. And if those men and women met the rest of the scriptural requirements, then they were to be given those positions and NOT the cut above the average member by schooling or in business, or those who set out to please the ministry as was often the case.
Elders and Preaching Elders Most but not all elders gave sermonett’s and split sermons. They had first been chosen from amongst the Graduates of Spokesman Club and eventually raised to the rank of Preaching Elder. These were the lower positions in a sense, this would be seen as being on the lower rungs of the LADDER and men competed for these positions although we were not supposed to notice.
We called them ‘Shooting Stars’ in the Spokesman Clubs. Those with a competitive spirit would give great speeches and be promoted to Sermonette Men, some were ordained Preaching Elders. And when the next Corporate rebellion came along, an EVANGELIST or a group of popular ministers would lead them OUT! Christ’s way of ridding His body of these.
Pastor Ranked Ministers
These were the Pasadena, Big Sandy or Bricket Wood trained men who were ordained to the Ministry and served full time on a salary, a necessary new car was provided, monthly expenses paid, Feast expenses including Air Fares and Hotel costs etc. Then a few month after the Feast a paid vacation every year, then came the expenses paid Ministerial Conference, husbands and wives being flown in from around the world.
And if some of the men who were in that structure will remember the time came when everyone at the top was actually paid at CORPORATE wage scale. The Field Evangelists on $60,000 a year before the year 2000 and the Headquarter Evangelists on $120,000 back then and-wait for it-plus BONUSES! This was the gravy train as Carl McNair called it.
All of this cost MILLIONS way too much! And all of this was the cause of the competition to GET HIRED! Yes, it was from the top down BUT it was also VERY MUCH built with paid positions as a C O R P E R A T E BODY.
The Bible Example
You men in the ministry who are still drawing annual incomes from one of these larger Splinter Groups can find the scriptures on how the original Apostles were paid and didn’t take money from some churches but found a job as the august Apostle Paul did-as a tent maker.
Another example of how the original ministry drew money from the church for their personal needs was that EACH TOOK WHAT THEY NEEDED. If a minister was unmarried for example then he took less. If married with children he needed and took more and no doubt many Ministers took a part time Job.
Within Judaism Rabbis are required to learn a trade, working with your hands with TOIL and SWEAT seems to keep MEN HUMBLE! A BUSINESS MANS SUIT of clothes and a BRIEFCASE seems to PUFF MEN UP!
I’ve noticed that when these larger Church groups split, the first thing to be announced is ‘all of the paid ministry will be retained’ one of which had THIRTY paid ministers and THERE WENT THAT GROUPS ABILITY to pay to do any kind of ‘WARNING WORK.’
In the Jerusalem Church and in the early Philadelphia Era of Gods’ Church the Ministry expense was not a HUGE DRAIN on ALMOST ALL of GODS’ TITHE as we see today with 80% to 90% going to pay the MINISTRY and HEADQUARTERS EXPENCES and almost NOTHING LEFT to do a real expanding WORK!
WITH ONLY A TOKEN GESTURE OF A WORK BEING DONE, this shown to the membership in order to BLINDLY KEEP ON TITHING!
WHEN IN ACTUAL FACT ONLY TEN PERCENT IF THAT IS BEING SPENT to W A R N OUR NATIONS OF IMMINENT DESTRUCTION!
HOW WILL ANY ONE OF YOU STAND BEFORE CHRIST AND ADMIT YOU WERE PROUD TO BE A PART OF T H I S???
Apostles, PROPHETS, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers. Ephesians 4:11
We have been told there have been NO PROPHETS in the Philadelphia Era but here they are mentioned BEFOR Evangelists! Bear in mind that there is NO ordination to the position of a Prophet. So, does the order in which these are listed denote RANK, then if so do we need to place Prophets OVER Evangelists and the Ministry?
P L E A S E do not ordain any more ‘Evangelists’ in this Church Era, they have done enough real DAMAGE already! And this WILL continue happening if this entire situation is NOT SORTED OUT.