This paper has been lying on the shelf since July 2000.

Are the churches of God being cursed because we are ignoring and don’t understand God’s clear instructions about the process of being ordained, who an “elder” is, who can anoint, etc.  Let’s look at every example of the word “ordain” or “ordained” in the New Testament.

At first count, there seem to be 13 Greek words that are translated into the English words “ordain” or “ordained.” Let’s understand how we as a congregation are to ordain. In the following verses the Strong’s # and definition appears first then the verse or verses appear below.

  1. Strong’s #1299: “to arrange thoroughly, i.e. (spec.) institute, prescribe, etc.”

There are three verses in the New Testament where the word “ordain” is used.

1 Corinthians 7:17 But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

So, Paul set in order or arranged things as they should be in the churches.

Galatians 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

In this verse things were arranged thoroughly by heavenly beings.

1 Corinthians 9:14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

  1. Strong’s #4160: “to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct)…” This word has a lengthy list of applications including “abide, agree, appoint, avenge, and bound together, be bear, bewray: bring (forth)…”

Mark 3:14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.

Here, Christ appointed or banded together the 12 apostles and gave them job assignments.

  1. Strong’s #5087: “to place (in the widest application, lit. or fig.; prop. in a passive or horizontal posture, and thus different from 2476, which prop. denotes an upright and active position, while 2479 is prop, reflexive and utterly prostrate…advise, appoint, bow, commit, conceive, give, kneel down, lay (aside, down, up), make, ordain, purpose, put, set (forth) settle, sink down.”

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Christ makes it plain here that He does the placing.  That’s the primary meaning of this word. In this verse Paul is saying he was ordained (placed) a preacher and apostle.

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

  1. Strong’s #1096: “to cause to be (‘gen’-erate), i.e. (reflex.) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (lit. or fig., intens., etc.)…” This word has a lengthy list of applications including arise, be assembled, become, befall, be brought to pass, etc.

Acts 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.

So far, there are no instructions in any of these verses as to how we should ordain a deacon, etc.

  1. Strong’s #3724: “to mark out or bound (‘horizon’), i.e. (fig.) to appoint, decree, specify:—declare, determine, limit, ordain.”

Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

Acts 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

In the two verses above are no instructions as to how a church should ordain some one to an office, just general information about how Christ was marked out, decreed, or declared to do his job.

  1. Strong’s #5021: “to arrange in an orderly manner, i.e. assign or dispose (to a certain position or lot):—addict, appoint, determine, ordain, set.”

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

In this verse there are none of the instructions we would need to ordain a deacon, elder, etc.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

It is very clear here that the above definition of “ordain” is correctly used in this verse.

  1. Strong’s #2919: “prop. to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially); by impl. to try, condemn, punish:—avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.”

Acts 16:4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.

It’s interesting that this Greek word translated “ordained” is the same one used in places for judging, for instance Matthew 7:1.

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

  1. Strong’s #4309: “to limit in advance, i.e. (fig.) predetermine:—determine before, ordain, predestinate.”

1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Here again this word “ordained” meaning (to limit in advance) shows how God had it all figured out before the creation of mankind.

  1. Strong’s #4282: “to fit up in advance (lit. or fig.):—ordain before, prepare afore.” This word “ordained” tells us again how God planned it all out.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

  1. Strong’s #2680: “to prepare thoroughly (prop. by external equipment; whereas 2090 refers rather to internal fitness); by impl. to construct, create:—build, make, ordain, prepare.”

Hebrews 9:6 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.

  1. Strong’s # 4270: “to write previously; fig. to announce, prescribe:- before ordain, evidently set forth, write (afore, aforetime).”This word is used in Jude 1:4.  This verse is talking about tares or weeds. God knew in advance that there would be weeds “playing church.”

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Strong’s #5500: “to be a hand-reacher or voter (by raising the hand), i.e. (gen.) to select or appoint:—choose, ordain.”

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

  1. Strong’s #2525: “to place down (permanently) i.e. (fig.) to designate, constitute, appoint, be,  conduct, make, ordain, set.”

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

Hebrews 8:3 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.

The fact that there are 13 Greek words in the New Testament for “ordain” and “ordained” is extremely interesting. Notice the first use of the number “13” in the Bible:

Genesis 14:4 Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.

This sets the stage for the number 13 -it has to do with rebellion.  There is no question that there is a massive rebellion and departure from the way that elders should be ordained in God’s church.  There is even a rebellion regarding WHO can legally be an elder.

Just two of the above Strong’s numbers are used to identify the Greek words, which would guide us to understanding on how to properly ordain an elder.  They are #2525 & #5500.

God has overlooked our ignorance while we have been spiritually asleep.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

But notice the command in the last sentence of Acts 17:30 above.  Once we come into contact with a point of truth we either have to accept it or reject it.  We are judged by what is written in the books.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Our excuses on Judgment Day will do nothing to change Christ judgment on us.  Pay attention to this next verse.

Matthew 7:22.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

If we refuse to do the will of the Father, we are destined to hear the words in verse 23.

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

The will of the Father is to believe and do what is written in the Bible.  If it says it, we must believe and do it.  Notice another warning, for us.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Rejecting a point of truth is a serious charge before these two mighty Gods who inhabit eternity.  The source of this truth would make no difference.  God can correct us through a child, an unconverted person, or a Sunday morning preacher.  It really makes no difference where the truth comes from on Judgment Day.  It is our reaction to it that counts.

Let’s look at the way Paul and Barnabas did the ordaining.  Shouldn’t that be instruction to us on how to ordain elders?  Read.

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

“Ordained” is Strong’s #5500 meaning “(to stretch); to be a hand reacher or voter (by raising the hand)…”

“Elders” is Strong’s #4245. It means “older; as a noun, a senior…elder (-est), old.”

Does this raise a red flag in your mind?  It should, especially if you came through the Worldwide Church of God system.  When was the last time you VOTED on who you elders would be?  I was baptized in 1967.  I have never seen any congregational input into who was ordained to anything.  The way the WCG did it was a power issue.  Even to be considered, you had to be part of the IN group with the ministry.  They, the hierarchist leaders, would pick and choose whom they would put into places of authority over the lay members.  The lay members had no input at all as to who was chosen to be ordained.  Was that of God or not?  I say that THE WAY THE WCG SELECTED ITS ELDERS WAS NOT BIBLICAL, so it was not of God!

Back to the word “ordained.”  Who did the “hand reaching, the “voting?”  Was it Paul and Barnabas? Or, was it the congregation?  Let’s be realistic.  Paul and Barnabas oversaw the ordaining of elders selected right out of the local congregation.  There was a vote by the congregation from the candidates that the congregation chose to be potential elders.  Who would know better than the local congregation who would be a true Godly elder?

But how did the WCG do it?  They had the three minister mills which produced 22 year old “elders.”    They shipped these trainees and older so-called “elders” to the local congregations to lord it over them.  The members of the congregation had to accept it or leave the church.   The local congregations knew nothing of the qualifications of these ministers or the ministerial trainees.  That is not God’s way!  If the local congregation did not vote an elder into office, he is in office ILLEGALLY.   The WCG did it just like the Pope and the Catholic Church do it.   The hierarchists rule over and subdue the lay members.

God will not accept anything other than the way He has laid it out in His Word.  God makes a statement in Revelation 2:6 and again in Revelation 2:15.  He claims to HATE THE DEEDS OF THE NICOLAITANS.

Rev 2:6 but this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Rev 2:15 So has thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Notice the following quotation from Unger’s Bible Handbook about Nicolaitanes.

The church is again commended for detesting “the deeds of the Nicolaitanes,” a symbolic name apparently of a party attempting to introduce a false freedom into the church.  They abused grace, which led to licentiousness.  Some take this symbolism, however, as indicating the origin of clericalism (nikao, “conquer,” and laos, “people”), making them a group that early favored a clerical system which later developed into the PAPAL HIERARCHY.

Nicolaitans in both of the above verses is Strong’s #3531, which comes from Strong’s # 3532, meaning “Nicolaite, i.e. adherent of Nicolas.”  Number 3532 means VICTORIOUS over the PEOPLE.  Was the WCG “VICTORIOUS OVER THE PEOPLE?”  You bet they were!  Every decision about who would become an elder or deacon was made by the ministers in charge.  The congregation had no input at all, when in reality we the members should have picked the candidates and voted on them the way Acts 14:23 describes.

Acts 14:23And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

I repeat, who would know better than the local congregation who has the qualifications to become a Godly elder?  Notice the same congregational input in the following verses.

Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles” and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

The phrase “brought on their way” is Strong’s #4311 meaning, “to send forward, i.e., escort or aid in travel – accompany, bring (forward) on journey.”   You would certainly have to wonder if their aid in travel was an example of a pound gaining ten pounds more. See the articles on Tithing for more on this.

Luke 19:16 Then came the first, saying, Lord they pound hath gained ten pounds.

Study this parable in Luke 19 and you will see that it is describing a congregational effort of spending tithes.  Notice in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:20 that it says, “I” not, “I and some corporate group” have gained five talents more.    In both these parables pounds and talents represent money.

Matthew 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

What money did you get when God called you?  In Matthew 25:14, it is called “goods” and in Luke 19:15, it is called “money.”

Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

Luke 19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

The only money I received when God called me was HIS tithes.  These parables show us we are to have COMPLETE CONTROL to how this tithe money is spent.  “I have gained five talents,” shows an individual effort your pound has gained, “ten” shows a congregational effort.  For more information on tithing read my paper on the subject.

Read Acts 15:22

Acts 15:22 Then pleased it the apostles and elders, with THE WHOLE CHURCH, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren.

Notice that the WHOLE CHURCH was PLEASED. The whole church had input.

If you came through the W.C.G. system that exercised the deeds of the Nicolaitans, the clergy over laity, the victorious over the people system, you had no congregational input into anything except possibly a church picnic or some other local function.  All other decisions were rammed right down the congregation’s throat.  Whether the whole church was pleased or not made no difference, and if a member made waves he would be kicked out.  That system was not of God.   We had better wake up to what God’s word actually says and do it.

The W.C.G. made a complete MOCKERY of the term “elders.”  The word “elders” in all the following verses is Strong’s #4245, and means “elderly, older, as a noun, a senior.”

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

Acts 21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

The second word “elder” is Strong’s #4850 meaning “co-presbyter.”

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

AN ELDER WAS SIMPLY AN OLDER SENIOR MEMBER OF THE CHURCH.  And they could be put into whatever office was needed by the local congregation voting on it by raising their hands.  Being “senior” is a prerequisite for ordination.  An “ordination ritual” cannot make a young man “older.”

Ephesians 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Notice that “evangelists” is Strong’s # 2099, meaning “a preacher of the gospel.”  WHO WOULD KNOW BETTER THAN THE LOCAL CONGREGATION WHO WAS A GOOD PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL?

Let’s take a closer look at Acts 14, starting in verses 8-10 in which Paul healed a man.

Acts 14:8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

The local people were going to sacrifice to Paul & Barnabas. In verse 18 it says they scarcely restrained the people from this.

Acts 14:18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them. 19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

Then in verse 19, the Jews, the persecutors of the church, came from Antioch and Iconium and persuaded the people to participate in stoning Paul. God either resurrected him or healed his injuries.

Acts 14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Antioch and Iconium both already had a population of converted Christians.  Acts 14:1 speaks of a great multitude of believers.

Acts 14:1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

Antioch was where a lot of the disciples fled after Stephen’s death described in Acts 11:19-20.

Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And some of them were men ofCyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus.

The local Jews in Antioch and Iconium were already aware of and in opposition to this new Christian faith started by Jesus Christ.  Because Paul had once been one of their own leaders, he became a prime target for their persecution.  Continuing in Acts 14:20, Paul and Barnabas went to Derbe.

Acts 14:20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.  21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

Although this doesn’t say how long they stayed there and preached the gospel, it does say that they taught many.  Notice the last part of verse 21, They returned again to Lystra and to Iconium and Antioch.  Also notice that in verse 22, they already had disciples there and they were encouraging, strengthening them etc.  In verse 23, what did they do?  They ordained elders.

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. 23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

“Elders” is Strong’s #4245. It means “older; as a noun, a senior…elder (est), old.”

Why did they revisit the towns after a period of time to ordain the elders?  Why wasn’t there a minister mill in Jerusalem like there was in Pasadena, California? You know this Ambassador College minister mill would grind out twenty-two year old “elders” the way Pasadena did for years.  What a farce, a mockery those three Ambassador minister mills were.  A young man would go to college to learn to be “older,” a “senior,” an “elder“.  It makes me sick to think I was so blind to God’s word and supported that with God’s tithes.

The truth of the matter was that Paul and Barnabas waited a certain period off time, while the local congregations sorted themselves out, then they would return. The congregation would know who had the best potential for being an elder and Paul and Barnabas over-saw the ordaining.  Remember Strong’s #5500, the hand reaching, and the voting.

Are the Father and Jesus Christ capable of using the Holy Spirit to cause any given congregation to sort itself out through the power of the Holy Spirit?  I think if you would research Herbert W. Armstrong’s earlier writings, you would see that he didn’t believe that.  He would hold an evangelistic campaign, have some believers, develop a small group in some town, leave the group and they would disintegrate into nothing.

The following quotations are from the writings of Herbert W. Armstrong on CD.

AUTOBIO2.DTH Page 1 Line 4204    Idea of College Germinates

As the weeks and months sped by, an idea was begotten in my mind.

As the work was growing, the need of additional trained help was becoming more and more apparent.

Up to this time I had been holding nightly evangelistic campaigns in various towns and cities in Oregon and Washington. Nearly always there had been enough converts to organize a small church group.  But there was no minister to pastor the little flock. Not one of them lasted longer than six months. I had to realize that sheep cannot endure without a shepherd.

If necessity is the mother of invention, perhaps God created the necessity to get through my thick skull the realization that God wanted a college of His own for the training of His ministers, as well as other trained personnel that soon would be required for His rapidly growing work.

AUTOBIO2.DTH Page 1 Line 17613   May 16, 1977

…..But by 1947 it finally became necessary to found Ambassador College.

…..Ambassador College became necessary to train ministers for new local churches beginning to rise up rapidly.

Where was the Holy Spirit?   It was missing.  Herbert W. Armstrong was blind to the work of Satan.

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Are we so spiritually naive that we would think that if the Holy Spirit is with a group of people that they couldn’t reach a spiritual consensus about spiritual matters?  How foolish we would be to limit God.  The truth of the matter is that the true sheep would be driven away by the tares that Satan plants in any given congregation.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Also, Satan would attack in the way that 3 John 9-10 describes.

3 John 9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the PREEMINENCE among them, receiveth us not. 10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

Now let’s look at Titus 1:5. “Ordain” is Strong’s #2525 meaning, “to place down (permanently), i.e., (fig) to designate, constitute, convoy, appoint, be, conduct, make ordain, set.”

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:

Notice, the churches chose Titus.

2 Corinthians 8:16 But thanks be to God, which put the same earnest care into the heart of Titus for you.

2 Corinthians 8:19 And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind:

There were already believers there.  Titus was told to rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; 14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

It is plain they have the truth.  Chapters 2 and 3 are full of Christian living instruction to the people in Crete.

So back to Titus 1:5.  What was wanted?  What needed to be set in order?  It was what it took to make a local congregation function.  Third tithe assistance would be one point. It is suppose to be used in your own gates.

Deuteronomy 26:12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thygates, and be filled;

If an elder needed a salary, that is something that Titus would oversee.  The ‘setting in order of’, that is just a few things that would need to be taken care of.  Paul left Titus in Crete to tie up the loose ends.  There were already believers there for some time, living the Christian life as best they could. They were the ones with the Holy Spirit.

Let’s don’t kid ourselves.  Satan would have put tares right in there with them and Christ and The Father would have allowed that deed.

Since Titus was an aid to Paul he would have ordained elders the same way Paul did, by the congregation voting on them.   Review the definition of this word ‘ordain’ above.  It meant to ‘place down permanently, designate etc.’

When the congregation puts an elder into office is that a permanent assignment? Of course it is, unless that elder let Satan cause him to leave the Faith, leave the Church, or have to be put out. Of course, there could be retirement for health reasons. Here again the whole church would have input. Notice Matthew 18:15-17

Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Notice in verse 17, “if he neglects to hear the church.”  The WHOLE CHURCH was to have its input.  Verse 18 shows the way that God would have someone disfellowshipped when it became necessary.  Is that the way you saw it done in the WCG?

Acts 14:23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

“Ordained” is Strong’s #5500 meaning, “(to stretch); to be a hand reacher or voter (by raising the hand)…”   Elders” is Strong’s #4245. It means “older; as a noun, a senior…elder (est), old.”

The fact is the Bible is very clear on how to ordain elders and who an elder is.  It is also very plain that the way that Herbert W. Armstrong, the leader and builder of the W.C.G., put elders in positions of authority was in total defianceof God’s word.  No doubt, that is one of the reasons that God has smashed that Church into oblivion.

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

“Scatter” is Strong’s #5310: “to dash to pieces, or scatter—be beaten in sunder, break (in pieces), broken, dash (in pieces), cause to be discharged, dispersed, be overspread, scatter.”  There surely were lots of other reasons, but God especially hates the hierarchy system of men lording it over Christ’s sheep.  As the end time virgins wake up and come out of this spiritual sleep we are in, we will do it right.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Notice that there are no exceptions to sleeping. You, me or your favorite minister are not excluded.   Let’s start to believe God’s written word, because that is how we are judged.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works

Published July, 2000

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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