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When the Consultants Replace the Servants

But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” (1 Corinthians 12:20–21)

The state of most of the Western Church finds its parallel in the many “ministries” accepted as such which cannot be found in Scripture complimented by those which seek to operate independently from the Church. Even within the worst of the English translations of the Bible one cannot find such things as a “music ministry”, “discernment ministry”, “single’s ministry”, or any of the specialized niches dedicated to either a single demographic or topic such as prophecy or just a narrow aspect of same. Without truly studying, understanding, and putting into practice that which Scripture teaches concerning the gifts and offices provided by Christ through the Holy Spirit to His collective Bride, the secular concept of specialization has crept in further and further until we have an alarmingly large number of “consultants” who attempt to act autonomously from the rest of the Body of Christ. In the secular vernacular, these are called “outside contractors”—those who are not official members of the organization and who operate solely for their own benefit. They only contribute to the degree that it enriches and benefits themselves, and are never integrated or accepted into the ranks of the company to whom they bring their services. They are perceived to have a talent or skill not found in the company proper.

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