The Idolatry Of Papas (Part 1)

The Idolatry Of Papas (Part 1)

The apple ūüćŹ did not actually fall far from the tree ūüéĄ.

It would seem to me that the more things appear to change in the church, the more they remain the same. It is the same idolatry of papacy that the church has been battling for ages.

In church history, the first time anyone would be officially referred to as papa  was about the 5th century as there was no evidence of such in the early church.

At the time, Emperor Constantine had successfully legislated the church and there were 5 different bishops of the West, originally referred to as “papas”. The word papa means “Pope” in Latin, “Pappas” in Greek, which is also translated as “father”. ¬†They wielded both religious and governmental powers.

At about the 11th century, however, the Pope in Rome had become very prominent to the point that his influence grew to dwarf the other 4 papas. Forthwith, the word pope became reserved for the Bishop in Rome alone.

The office of Pope, who is said to be the successor of Peter, one of the key apostles of Christ, is considered to be inerrant and infallible in doctrine and to have supremacy over the church. These narratives have been supported by some faulty theology with a few mangled scriptural references.

Even though there had been pockets of agitations for reforms by people who seemed to be knowledgeable within the catholic church about many doctrinal issues, whose efforts were suppressed, the reformation of the early 16th century that had Martin Luther as one of the  prominent activists was the one that interrupted the status quo. On October 31st, 1517, the German theologian reportedly pasted the famous 95 thesis on the door of the church, challenging major doctrinal practices including the veracity of papacy in the church. It was an audacious move from a little known Luther who was only in his early 30s against a powerful establishment with a long tradition of submiting to the pope without questions, a strong and politically connected church and a powerful pope.

Nonetheless, his thesis spread rapidly and sent Shockwaves throughout the landscape of Europe and altered the history and face of Christianity till date. There was a major upheaval. There were wars, persecutions and massive exoduses from the Catholic church, which was the main face of christianity at the time.

Many protestant churches, denominations and nameless autonomous congregations emerged from this, who held views that were similar or in sync with Luther’s.

It would seem to me that even though, such new churches had their leadership structures in place, the concept of a “papa” who reigned Supreme as applicable in the catholic church was not found among them. As a Matter of fact, for many, their leadership structure was Presbyterian; having a group of elders at the helm of affairs.

However, at the close of the 20th century and with the advent of what is popularly referred to as pentecostalism, the church seemed to be fully back to “papacy” but this time around, it is not the papacy of one pope but of many papas.

Friends, the church of today worships papas, in their millions. Anyone among them who holds leadership positions and is gifted spiritually wants to be called a papa. The young leaders of campus student fellowship groups in their hundreds of thousands are referred to as papas and they are loving it. They live like a “king” among his “subjects” with all the pecks of their “offices”.

Learders of local assemblies are called papas

General overseers are called papas.

It would have been okay if it was just a pet name for fond recognition of service or a sign of honor but it is way beyond this.

These papas have become the object of worship in today’s churches. The fear that belongs to God is given to them. These crop of christians fear their papas than they fear God. The love and adoration that belongs to God is given to their papas. They are the “lords” and the “gods” that the people know. They play the “touch not my anointed… ” card to suppress the people of God. They tell the Miriam-Moses story to send fear and cold chills down the spines of the believers under their watch.

Many believers have been completely captured and paralyzed by the fear of these papas, to whom they submit without asking questions. They were set free by Christ Jesus but they have become entangled by a yoke of slavery to papas again. The knowledge of the truth is not self-evident to them but the truth they know is as defined by their papas. Their papas have to say it, otherwise, it is not the truth.

Dare to disagree with their papas and these people who have turned themselves to subjects to their principals (papas) will fight you. To them, much like the Pope, their papas are inerrant and infallible in doctrine. They will break precious friendships and family relationships because of their papas. You are either on their papas’ side or you are a sworn enemy.

Indeed, the appleūüćŹ did not fall far from the tree. The more things appear to change, the more they remain the same.

It is the same  idolatry which has only shifted from one papa to many papas.

Jesus was unequivocal when he said to his disciples “..And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Matthew 23:9 . ¬†In case you do not not know; there were religious leaders in Jesus’ days in Israel who paraded themselves ¬†as “fathers”, meaning the source of final spiritual authority. It was against this background that Jesus addressed his disciples.

Friends, while we seek to honor all men and give double honor to those who labor sincerely in ministry, it must be established in our hearts that there is no man who is doctrinally inerrant or infallible. No man deserves our adoration or worship. No man deserves to take the place of God in our lives. No man is the final authority.

If your papa is the one who defines your truth… ¬†if he has to say it, before you believe it is true and coming from God, then I’m sorry, you have fallen into the idolatry of papacy. You are a modern-day idol worshiper who worships a man but thinks he’s worshipping God.

Time to have a rethink!

It is a new day!

Reference: Dr. NINYO

CHURCH COMEDY IS NOT SOUL WINNING, IT IS SEDUCTION OF THE CHURCH WITH WORLDLY ACTIVITIES!

Written By: Rev Peter Alabi –¬†

I FROWN at Comedy, Comedians and Comedy Shows brought into the Church! It is not right! Never has been, Never will be!

Everything has its place. Let’s put things in their proper place.¬†Christians can watch comedy on TV, go for comedy shows organised by these talented folks, but to bring that into Church?

Some call it strategy for soul winning! That’s ridiculous!
That people answered an altar call does not mean they got saved. It is what they hear that determines that. If We are serious about soul winning We should do what the Word says: PREACH!

Matthew 28:19
“[19] Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”:¬†Mark 16:15 “[15] And he said unto them, Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”

We MUST Train Our members to win souls and disciple by Preaching and Followup (Teaching, Prayers, Visitations etc), not by these funny gimmicks!
The bible way is not as expensive as paying comedians!

If Our members are sad and stressed there is more than enough Joy in the Holy Ghost that can make us laugh AT WILL, than any comedian can cause during Our gatherings! This joy of the Lord strengthens Us!

A gathering of saints should be distinct!¬†Let’s STOP this bad behaviour in Church Ministry! What is bad does not have any other name – IT IS BAD!

P.S РThis post was inspired by a conversation with a few young folks who had genuine concerns about this subject. Any form of coincidence was not intended but is not regretted!

 

EMOTIONAL MATURITY NUGGET FOR CHURCH MINISTERS

By: Theophilus Izobofolo & Abigayle Mutua

“Emotional Maturity nugget for church Ministers”

I have seen individuals that have been in ministry so long but they just can’t seem to sustain earthly relationships. Everyone that comes around them ends up leaving them with no positive testimony. Not that they aren’t spiritually sound (heaven relationship) but their emotional capacity isn’t able to sustain earthly relationship structures.

They have problems with their teachers, mentors, friends, spiritual cover, spiritual and earthly parents, and their leadership in Church. It’s a total chaos where relationships are concerned…no one is good enough for them. So every time their spirit gathers, their emotional instability scatters! A case of one hand working against the other hand or flesh working against the spirit.

When God created man, He first blessed them then told them; now be fruitful! Paraphrased, now mature emotionally then begin to reign, not reign then mature. Maturity is measured by the amount of the word you know and practice, and the level of control the spirit has over the flesh.

Genesis 1:28 says: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

This means that if you are not matured (fruitful), you can’t multiply to replenish and subdue the earth. Folks! if you can’t be loyal to follow leadership, you can’t be a successful leader, the body of Christ is not divided…but your high mindedness and disobedient to spiritual authorities, is a selfish call for His second death.

Remember! any authority that be; is ordained of the Lord. Please let us manage our emotions and maximize our earthly success and fulfill heavenly race. Jesus is lord.