Kingship is your path to a rich life full of success and significance. As life battles against you on your journey to Zion, remember what Sir Winston Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the Second World War said, “Kites rise highest against the wind.” You were born to win. You are a king and you were created for dominion (Genesis 1:28). Push to the front of your calling and bring glory to your father. Jesus made it clear, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do because I go unto my Father” (John 14:12).
Kings are destined for total conquest. This world is desperate for good people like you to enter their kingship as an image bearer of Christ. Jesus loves this world and He has made provision for its restoration. You were born a winner. The whole world is waiting for you to exercise your believer’s authority to act like a son of God (Romans 8:19).
Every member of the human race, whether he knows it or not, is a member of one of two kingdoms: the Kingdom of God or the kingdom of darkness. There is no middle or neutral ground. Scripture declares, “He that is not with me, is against me” (Matthew 12:12).
As kings (Jesus is King of kings and Ruler of rulers) we need to grab hold of our responsibility by invading this earth with God’s purpose.
We have a kingship mandate; establish the Kingdom of God, right here and right now. An understanding of biblical influence and the kingship of every believer is a must. Kings apply God’s Word to the land (Deuteronomy 16 & 17). Scripture uses the terms “salt” and “light” to teach us our responsibility to be proactive, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:13-16).
We provide salt and light around us through kingship influence and by invading our society, and the world with the Gospel of the Kingdom.
Jesus taught us that the greatest in the Kingdom of God was a servant (Luke 22:26). We can become great servants by getting involved with Kingdom business. We can build schools, hospitals, clinics, banks, media outlets; we can become politically active, involved with international relief efforts, enter the business world, and a myriad of other such things. Tommy Reid in his book “Kingdom Now but Not Yet” said, “The Bible must become more than a handbook of personal salvation. It must become a mandate for the reestablishment of Christ’s rule and reign over the earth and the rebellious portion of the universe over which Satan now asserts dominion.”
The Outrageous Claims of Mars Hill Church “Investigators”
November 4, 2014
by Steven Lambert
In a statement on the website of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, the Board of Overseers, as they referred to themselves, stated: “On Tuesday, October 14, Pastor Mark Driscoll submitted his resignation as an elder and lead pastor of Mars Hill Church. The Board of Overseers has accepted that resignation and is moving forward with planning for pastoral transition….” The statement also stated that “for nearly two months…a group of elders investigated a series of formal charges brought against him (Driscoll)” and that the “investigation” conducted by “a group of seven elders plus one member of the Board of Overseers” consisted of “some 1,000 hours of research, interviewing more than 50 people and preparing 200 pages of information.” Their conclusion was:
“…that Pastor Mark has, at times, been guilty of arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner. While we believe Mark needs to continue to address these areas in his life, we do not believe him to be disqualified from pastoral ministry.”
“Pastor Mark has never been charged with any immorality, illegality or heresy. Most of the charges involved attitudes and behaviors reflected by a domineering style of leadership.
… “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Pro. 16:18, KJV). Fact is: when people like Mark Driscoll set themselves up – and their entourages of sycophants and groupies and pom-pom-waving cheerleaders make their contribution to their sickening exaltation – as the stellar pastoral paragons others should emulate, as he did, they are only setting themselves up for an inevitable fall and for eventual destruction, unless they repent. When you play the childhood game of “King of the Mountain,” once you reach the top of the mountain, there’s nowhere left to go but down. Indeed, this is something a plethora of prideful purporting church leaders of the younger extant generations need to give heed to, especially in America, because eventually they are all going to experience a similar fall if they do not repent, and repent soon! That’s guaranteed! The Eddie Long, Bill Gothard, Doug Phillips, C.J. Maheny, John Piper, and Mark Driscoll stories and a host of others like them are all warnings from God that a day that has long been fast approaching is now finally here when God will assuredly make good on His promise that: “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain” (Isa. 40:4). He will make good on His promise, as I along with many other prophetic voices have been long admonishing, when He will manifest a fulfillment of the profound prophetic warning contained in the last book of the Old Testament, scribed by the prophet Malachi:
“Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi (the O.T. counterpart of the N.T. Fivefold Ministry) and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. “Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts. (Mal. 3:1-5)
Indeed, what the entire Mars Hill Church constituency, including these subordinate leaders, need now is some effective deprogramming and deliverance to “Clean out the old leaven” from their hearts and minds. And that deprogramming and deliverance will have to come through expert and experienced sources who have a thorough understanding of the spiritual devastation dominating and controlling leaders wreak upon adherents – individuals, families, and whole congregations. These psychologically enslaved former captives will also need to learn correct spiritual Truth regarding legitimate and illegitimate authority and leadership in order to be genuinely delivered and set free from the psychological and spiritual damage the demons behind these false teachings and mechanisms of manipulation have wreaked in their lives. Only “deliverers” who were not subject to the subjugation of Driscoll and the demons with which he is demonized, and who are themselves free from the insidious hidden strongholds of Satan the master-Pharaoh can effectively and successfully accomplish this task. Those who are not themselves free in their soul and heart of all the chains and control of other men and devils can set others free. Captives cannot set captives free. Only free men can set captives free! You have to yourself be delivered to be a deliverer! Jesus came to set the captives free (Lk. 4:18), not to enslave people all over again under illegitimate, imaginary, and humanly-contrived bondages of tyrannical religious hegemony. “You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men” (1 Cor. 7:23).