March 26, 2011


By Brenda Stidham


To all followers of Jesus Christ, this writing crosses denominational, age, economic, gender, and racial lines. Millions within the Body of Christ are active members of organized churches that are judicially and ecclesiastically classified as hierarchical. The origin of the hierarchical church classification can be traced back to the U. S. Supreme Court, the case of Watson v. Jones, 80 U. S. (13 Wall.) 679 (1871). A popularly held judicial view is that in a hierarchical form of government local churches purchase land, construct buildings, and maintain property for the national church, not the local church. This view disregards the fact/reality that the local church invests the funds, without any assistance from the national church. Local church property under this system of church polity (government) is usually held in the name of the local church; yet the courts have allowed the national church to impose, often unilaterally, a trust in favor of the national church. This trust whether express or implied is often imposed without the local congregations knowledge or consent. A judge once commented, in these church cases the parent (national) church really has the local church over a barrel.

Fellow members of the Body of Christ, Jesus tells us in John 10:1 & John 10:7:

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.”

“. . . . Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”

The hierarchical polity system, did not enter into the sheepfold (the Body of Christ), through Jesus (The Door); it came into the sheepfold through the civil courts (judicial system). Jesus says that he (it, that or things) that enter into the sheepfold another way other than by Him, the same is a thief and a robber (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Greek Dictionary # 846, he). The hierarchical polity system is a thief and a robber. Jesus has given us authority. Matthew 28:18-19, James 4:7, II Corinthians 10:3-5. It is time for each of us individually and corporately to boldly speak to the hierarchical polity system in the name of Jesus. We must open our mouths say, speak:

Command the hierarchical polity system throughout the Body of Christ to come down in Jesus name. Plead  the Blood of Jesus against the hierarchical polity system and continue to hold the Blood of Jesus up against the hierarchical polity system. Mark 11:22-25, Revelation 12:11.

Brothers and sisters remember the Berlin Wall. We went to bed one night the wall was standing, we awoke the next morning the wall was down. The wall stood for years, the wall was fortified with military men armed with rifles/guns, guard dogs; yet as believers around the world spoke to that wall in the name of Jesus, that wall came down. Some laughed at former President Reagan, when he said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall.” We have a biblical demonstration of the people of God opening their mouths and shouting and the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. Read the 6th chapter of the book of Joshua and be encouraged, for our God changes not and Jesus, our Champion is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Malachi 3:6 & Hebrews 13:8


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