24 Jan 2020 — The church must be governed.

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I know Paul advised Timothy to not let any man despise him for his youth. However, the rest of us should take courage. Paul spent 14 years after his conversion in Arabia.

Arabia was not rich. It was a desert, filled with tribes of reavers.

Before Paul started his ministry he went to the apostles to check with them that the revelations he had were within the broader plan of God. He was not independent. His church sent him, and with prayer and fasting.

And also note that God uses people whose background would normally disqualify them. Not because this is usual: but to show the power of God.

Galatians 2:1-10

2 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. 2 I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain. 3 But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek. 4 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in—who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery— 5 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you. 6 And from those who seemed to be influential (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—those, I say, who seemed influential added nothing to me. 7 On the contrary, when they saw that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised 8 (for he who worked through Peter for his apostolic ministry to the circumcised worked also through me for mine to the Gentiles), 9 and when James and Cephas and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave the right hand of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.

I mistrust those who demand that they get promoted, as if the church is an academic institution (and that your rank shows your utility: some janitors have more usefulness than professors). God does not play favorites.

Neither should we. Eschew this new wokeness. It is disguised discrimination and stigmatizes entire portions of the population.

It is far better to seek instead the will of God.