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Ricardo Equips Artistic Leaders (R.E.A.L.) - "Equipping you in the Five Fold to Lead at home, in Ministry, the Marketplace, and in your local community!"

The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 2 More Characteristics

The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 2 More Characteristics

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

We are on the second part of a series of studies on what an apostolic heretic is. This was birth from a previous post I did called, “I WAS AFRAID!!!” and “Hypocrite or Heretic: Which is Better to be?”. Also you can also check out The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 1 as well.

Remember, I defined an apostolic heretic as,

“A person who pioneers a radical lifestyle, mindset, and way of communication from the common or normal way of life during the day and age in which he or she is currently living—he or she is completely counter cultural.”

This series was birth out of a feeling I had within myself to hold back who I truly am because I have been a people pleaser rather then a servant of Christ.

While people pleasing might be beneficial to the crowds for a season and temporal, it doesn’t help anyone ultimately in the long run. But on the other hand, being an apostolic heretic will provoke hatred and anger from those same crowds, it is pleasing to the Father and has an even greater benefit from God to those who hate the apostolic heretic.

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Real Christianity – Fixed or Replaced By Ron Schwartz

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):

  1. Apostles
  2. Prophets
  3. Teachers
  4. Evangelists
  5. Pastors

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 …

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The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 1

The Apostolic Heretic Series Part 1

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Coming off the tail end of my last article titled “Hypocrite or Heretic: Which is Better to be?” as well as the post before that called, “I WAS AFRAID!!!” the Spirit led me to the Bible to study Jesus a bit more closely.

Why? Because we want to define what an apostolic heretic actually is. Jesus was the perfect example of an apostolic heretic to what common belief systems and doctrines of His day.

So I start going through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to study the characteristics of what made Jesus what I am terming an Apostolic Heretic, which simply means …

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Hypocrite or Heretic: Which is Better to be?

Hypocrite or Heretic: Which is Better to be?

Apostle Ricardo Butler

The most obvious answer that I will get from people who read this title before actually digging into this article is:

“Neither! I’d rather not be a hypocrite or a heretic.”

And they would be right … and wrong.

Let’s take a look at these two words in the Scriptures and see how they are used by God to define them through their usages.

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I WAS AFRAID!!!

I WAS AFRAID!!!

By Apostle Ricardo Butler

The Scriptures say in two very similar stories,

“And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I WAS AFRAID, because I was naked; and I HID myself. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So He DROVE OUT the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” (Genesis 3:9-10, 23-24).

“Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that Thou art an hard man, reaping where Thou hast not sown, and gathering where Thou hast not strawed: and I WAS AFRAID, and went and HID thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. And CAST ye the unprofitable servant into OUTER darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:24-25, 28, 30).

Three things that I want you to see here:

  1. These two were afraid
  2. These two HID
  3. These two were both kicked out

First and foremost, I’m not here to talk about these two. I’m writing to talk about me.

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Sometimes We BEST Learn Discernment through Separation By Apostle Ricardo Butler

Sometimes We BEST Learn Discernment through Separation

By Apostle Ricardo ‘Reason’ Butler

Did you know we best learn discernment through separation? In the Beginning in God’s Wisdom it says,

“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided [Hebrew: ‘made a distinction between, to separate mentally’] the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:4).

I don’t want to make this long but let me give you SEVEN simple examples.

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