Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron and Karen Schwartz
Now before you read this guest post, there are elements of this article that I do not agree with and much of it that I do agree with. Out of respect for brother Ron Schwartz and my personal understanding of the overall message I have left his whole article intact. I did not seek to “edit it” according to my personal beliefs and what I teach concerning the five fold ministry.
I believe many (including those who are five fold ministers) have a lack of understanding of what the purpose of the five fold ministry is given to the church for. I DO, however, understand that what many (leaders and body members) have done with the five fold ministry is create another layer of clergy and laity. I personally don’t believe the five fold ministry is given to “just leaders”, I personal have taught that the every member of the Body of Christ has at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts.
The whole purpose of THIS blog and website is to equip EVERY MEMBER OF THE BODY in at least ONE of the five fold ministry gifts. My mission on this blog has always been that you would learn how to identify one with the calling to be one of God’s servant leaders. And remember this: all of these leaders are SERVANTS OF GOD FIRST and leaders in the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God SECOND!
Here are the different types of leadership callings within the Five Fold Ministry. The Five Fold Ministry is given to the Body of Christ universally, globally or worldwide. That means that they can function anywhere in the world as the Lord leads and as He expands their sphere of influence. They can also, as the Scriptures, says move “from house to house [what many call house churches]” (Acts 2:46; 5:42), and this movement and travel can be all over the world. These ministers are listed in Ephesians 4:11 & 1st Corinthians 12:28 as well as other places through out the Word of God and are given in divine order (determined by grace, greatest responsibility, anointing, fruit, etc):
I personally believe that though “Not all [are] Apostles. Not all [are] prophets, Not all [are] teachers …” (1 Cor. 12:29) in the sense that not all in the church HOLD THE LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITY, I DO believe that “… EVERY ONE OF US [EVERY MEMBER IN THE BODY of Christ] is given grace [a gift–at least ONE five-fold gift] according to THE MEASURE of the gift of Christ” and “… gave gifts unto men [ALL humanity]“ (Eph. 4:7-8). Basically, brother Ron and I have the same goal to replace the system, but from another angle. I seek to displace clergy and laity by birthing the royal priesthood of all believers actively ministering in a five fold gift. Ron seeks to displace the system by destroying it all together.
So that is MY personal stand before you read this article. My mission is to basically crush the clergy laity system by equipping all the members of the Body of Christ to lead as a nation of kings, priest, judges, lords, and saviors under the KING, PRIEST, JUDGE, LORD, AND SAVIOR of the Body and World!
That’s my mandate and I’m sticking to it. Enjoy Ron’s article. – Ricardo Butler
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Originally Published October 5, 2008
By Ron and Karen Schwartz
Where are the real Christians? In the wake of the Lakeland movement, it is apparent that Christians obviously do not understand what real Christianity is.
Everyone has friends who are part of institutional churches. Everyone can point to at least one Catholic, protestant denominational, or independent church friend who loves God. In fact, there seems to be no difference between many of those in institutional churches and those who are not. There are Christians in institutional and non-institutional churches who have strong faith, know their scriptures, raise godly children, live godly and productive lives, give time and money to charitable causes, and above all, love God. Consequently, at times it can be quite confusing to discern why the institutional church system is wrong. Perhaps we are simply making much ado about nothing …