#0007 A cultural rift in the Church (part VII)
5 She [the woman clothed in the sun] gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”
Rev 12: 5
In the last posting we spent much time discussing the kind of church represented by the other woman described as the MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES. This depiction tells us that her numerous offspring were all women and they were just like her; this depiction gives us clear reason to suppose that she is only capable of reproducing more versions of herself. In stark distinction, the woman representing the authentic Church produces a male child. In John’s using the image of an offspring of the opposite sex he serves to further distinguish this entity as something other than simply another Church. It’s the Kingdom. A question this raises in my mind is: What is it about the nature of all of these churches (depicted as prostitutes) that makes them unfavorable in God’s eyes and desirable in the eyes of Evil? The thing that separates these churches from one another is their unique doctrines; despite this doctrinal component, however the thing that remains forever in common among them—that lumps them together into a single group is the social/spiritual structure of hierarchy they use. It is this very condition of hierarchy which puts them in a position of un-favorability in God’s eyes and NOT any specific doctrinal issues as they’ve been imagining. Meanwhile on the other side of the street—in the bride of Christ model of the Church—we’ve seen the hierarchy dragon displayed as incompatible with her and even as posing a threat to her. With the intimate interactions illustrated by the woman riding on the back of the dragon suggests that the daughters have the same relationship with It as their mother has. In this, then, I feel very strongly that the 7-headed dragon of the Book of Revelations symbolizes hierarchy. If I am correct in this assessment; this would seem to put any church utilizing this hierarchy model into somewhat of a bad light in the eyes of God—according to this scripture. Furthermore any and all who’ve aligned themselves with any church advocating this model and condemning anyone for NOT doing likewise must be considered in a category of their own. This group resides on one side of the cultural rift I’m talking about in the series title. They are the group or the flock whom Jesus referred to as the goats.
At the end of the last post, I left you with a question about people from the other group, though—I asked: “Who are these people?” I surmised that they must be people from the opposite side of the rift—from the sheep flock. But who specifically are they? It was almost sounding like these people were ones who didn’t identify with the hierarchical church model; so probably weren’t going to church at all. If some of these sheep people were going to churches; they would have to either be keeping a low profile or risk sticking out like a sore thumb among the group. If there was a group around somewhere—fragmented or organized—who identified with the entity symbolized by this male child of the bride of Christ; then we would be getting close to our goal of identifying who these people are. A couple other clues to look for are: they would be bullied by the hierarchy (7-headed dragon) and they bear the testimony of Jesus. How could these people bear the testimony of Jesus, if they’re not going to church?
9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
Rev.: 19: 9-10 (NIV)
According to this scripture (in Revelations once again) Jesus is telling us that the testimony of Him comes as part of the servanthood gig any and all would choose to engage in…“ I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold the testimony of Jesus.” Note the reference to the wedding supper again. This wedding, of course is the union between the woman clothed in the sun (now the bride of Christ) and Jesus. People who occupy an unsettled place in their congregation as well as those who’ve already migrated out of their church flocks, oddly enough, are poised and better attuned to respond to calls of servanthood like those Jesus was involved with. These people are much freer and much more able to listen to their guts on issues like the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage. What others might be included in the group on this side of the cultural rift in the Church? Here is an account of a social movement in recent history that flared up, almost overnight. They meet all the desirable traits we’ve been discussing…
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City’s Wall Street financial district, receiving global attention and spawning the Occupy movement against social and economic inequality worldwide. It was inspired by anti-austerity protests in Spain coming from the 15-M movement.
The Canadian, anti-consumerist, pro-environment group/magazine Adbusters initiated the call for a protest.
The main issues raised by Occupy Wall Street were social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the perceived undue influence of corporations on government—particularly from the financial services sector. The OWS slogan, “We are the 99%”, refers to income inequality and wealth distribution in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. To achieve their goals, protesters acted on consensus-based decisions made in general assemblies which emphasized direct action over petitioning authorities for redress
Occupy Wall Street From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia