The Pastor Has No Clothes???

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    The references we make are lengthy, but added evidence as to what is happening to not only this country, but also the whole world by such as we present.

    As we have often said before, we repeat again... we never have been, and never will be against individuals or people themselves as we are against the errant theologies that are not grounded, root and base, in the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, His Holy Apostles and saints.  In saying this, may we also remind you that such un-founded teachings that are errantly being given out these days has been and is, we believe a part of the causes for why so many are leaving the Protestant churches... especially the young.  And, it may also be true for the Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptists and more... only because the answers they are giving out are not sufficient to the spiritual needs of their former and present followers. 

    Thus many of the young are turning to other un-Christian religions and even to the Satanic religion of Islam (Muslim) - - - We had posted several articles which you can read which deals with the truth of and about the Satanic religion, but one special article comes to mine... See References at end of this article....

   After reviewing the video below, you too may come to certain understanding and conclusion that the man is truly of the cultic protestant theological background and anti anything relating to the root, ground and base of CHRISTIANITY which is established by Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostles, being Orthodox Catholic Christianity.  And here is why!

   May you be reminded that in St. Luke 10:1 - 7, we learn, "...After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also (Disciples who are Deacons and/or Deaconesses, as the Apostles were becoming the priests and Bishops of the High Priest, Jesus Christ... Priests = Pastors or Shepherds of flocks for a Shepherd pastors, that is to say is the 'herdsman' of a flock) and sent them out two by two before his face into every city and place, whithere he himself would come 

    2. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest trul is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his haverst.

    3. Go your ways: behol, I sned you forth as lambs among wolves.

    4. Carry neither purse, nor script, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.

    5. And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house',

    6. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall return to you again.'

    7. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. "

    Therefore, Mr. Jon Zens' video about his book "The Pastor has no clothes" is itself not  truly biblical and very cultic Protestant oriented, not based on the New Testament or the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ.  Lest we forget, Jesus Christ was a Jew who remained faithful to the Teachings of His Heavenly Father with whom He was most certainly the WORD MADE FLESH! 

    Let me go one step further and again I refer to Luke 10: 17 -  ... 

    17. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.  (Again, refering to the above concerning the standing of the seventy as Disciples who are Deacons and/or Deaconesses, as the Apostles were becoming the priests and Bishops of the High Priest, Jesus Christ Himself... Priests = Pastors or Shepherds of flocks for a Shepherd pastors, that is to say is the 'herdsman' of a flock)

    18. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

    19. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on seprpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  (Again,  reference is made to the above concerning the standing of the seventy as Disciples who are Deacons and/or Deaconesses, as the Apostles were becoming the priests and Bishops of the High Priest, Jesus Christ Himself... Priests = Pastors or Shepherds of flocks for a Shepherd pastors, that is to say is the 'herdsman' of a flock for indeed He gave them, specifically the seventy, special powers... no other of the faithful.)

    Then we also learn from St. John 15:16 - "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye ask of the Father, in my name, he may give it to you..."

    And, lastly, we know that the Church, being known today as "Orthodox" or "Orthodox Catholic Christianity of which the Roman Jurisdiction was once a part of but is no more ... was empowered by Jesus Christ Himself ... John 20:22 "And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive the Holy Ghost:

    23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." This was indeed the Power passed on to the Apostles (the first Bishops of the Church, the Pastors of the Church, the chosen and ordained. 

    Therefore Mr. Jon Zens has failed or refuses to speak and write according to the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ  And, it may be Mr. Zens is a very wonderful guy indeed.  But, his teachings lead followers astray from the root, ground and base of the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ and the true Church, the true Ecclesia!  The building is indeed not a "Church" for it is the body, the Ecclesia, of true Christianity as Jesus Christ Himself, and those who became his ordained (and their successors who do also the same according to their very nature and degree of ability) are the true Church in both spirit and truth! 

    While we are sure Mr. Zens truly and sincerely believes what he speaks, he does not, in our opinion, speak with the authority of, or in, Jesus Christ  - but only those who have succumbed to the continual schisms (first the Roman Jurisdiction of the Church schismed in 1054 A.D., and thereafter came all the rest including those like Mr. Zen do likewise speak. 

    While it is true that we must practice and teach the Gospel especially that set forth in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." 

  Thus, the following being presented is a means for you who are TRUE CHRISTIANS, to become aware of as to what destruction is taking place under the guise of this new brand of Christianity that had been prophesied both biblically and by many of the Saints. 

    For those who have the ability to smell the stench being breathed under the guise of new hope and fire into the lives of those souls who claim they love the church, be very aware... Do not be led astray by the artful dodgers who are wolves in sheep's clothing...

    It is not the problem of True Orthodox Catholic Christians to repair the damage done by the Roman Jurisdiction and their Protestant daughters, so much as it is our duty to present SPIRITUAL TRUTH; as it is also our duty to bring you understanding and information as to how much further such is going toward a descending path into the very gates of Hell!

References at end of this article....  ]


He says what many are thinking
"We are mortgaging our spiritual future on a bankrupt concept"
 

The early church did not have it. None of the apostles ever held the job. In fact, it appears nowhere in the New Testament.

Now, author Jon Zens states what undoubtedly has occurred to many Christians: the role of the "pastor" needs to be reconsidered.

In his new book, The Pastor Has No Clothes! Moving from Clergy-Centered Church to Christ Centered Ekklesia, Zens observes that the non-biblical office of pastor has grown via tradition into a hindrance both to church congregations and the pastors themselves.

It surely is not what our Lord had in mind.

Most church-goers are well aware that only a minority of members are active beyond attending weekly services. Almost universally, the modern institution is a "spectator church."

But when Jesus said he would build his "church" he used the secular word ekklesia to refer to the body of believers, which Zens explains was similar to our concept of a town meeting.

"Ekklesia was used about 100 times in the Greek translation of the New Testament to translate the Hebrew word qualal, which referred to the Israelite 'assembly'... The body of Christ is to be a Spirit-led setting where kingdom business can be acted upon.

"In light of what ekklesia really entails, popular conceptions of 'church' are dangerously limited to coming to a building, singing, putting some money in a plate, hearing a sermon, and going home."

Listen to Jon Zens explain why "The Pastor Has No Clothes!" (especially the second half of the video) and how most churches have evolved into something with a different focus than early Christian practice.

Too often, the pastor-centric model results in a feckless flock characterized by laity malaise, a flaccid community of believers waiting for a person to “feed” them and goad them into religious activities.

Zens' book is a call to return to the biblical design "where Christ is the head and everyone has a role to work as a part of the body, both leaders and developing believers. The early church didn’t have useless functions like usher, special music and Sunday school attendance; which have nothing to do with the maturing of the saints ... The early church was more like a basic training camp where people were all functional and/or training towards it."

While his vision of a participatory Christian community replacing the spectator church could change what "church" is all about - especially in the minds of young people uninspired by the traditional model - Zens also has a prescription for re-imagining the role of clergy.

Indeed, the modern office of pastor can be none too healthy for the pastors themselves. Christ never instituted an individual position to bear the burden of His flock's corporate salvation. When Paul chastised the church at Corinth, he never mentioned their "leaders" as having failed in their responsibilities.

Some troubling facts from a 2010 survey:

  • 1,500 pastors leave the ministry each month in the USA because of unique pressures associated with the job.

  • 80 percent of seminary and Bible school graduates entering the ministry will leave the ministry within the first five years.

  • 70 percent felt God called them to pastoral ministry, but after three years of ministry only 50 percent still felt called.

  • 80 percent of pastors and 84 percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their roles.

  • 80 percent of pastors' spouses wish the pastor would choose another profession.

  • The majority of pastors' spouses said the most destructive event in their marriage and family was the day the pastor entered the ministry.

"The Pastor Has No Clothes!" takes a major step toward removing the segregation of pulpit and pew. It is a valuable, timely book that should be considered must reading for both preachers and congregations, and both regular church-goers and those not quite in sync with the modern church concept.

What others are saying about "The Pastor Has No Clothes":

Make no mistake. Though irenic in spirit, the truth Jon presents does what truth is supposed to do: it cuts. Vested interests will feel the sting. Those oppressed by vested interests will feel the liberty.
- Stephen Crosby, author of "Praise, Worship and the Presence of God," North Carolina 

 

As a pastor of the largest evangelical congregation in northwestern Oklahoma, one might think I could possibly be threatened by Jon's premise in this book. How can I be? "The Pastor Has No Clothes" is thoroughly biblical and a wake up call to all of us pastors who have forgotten that every believer in Christ is a priest unto Him and that the only authority within the church is Christ's.
- Wade Burleson, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid, Oklahoma 

 

Jon Zens has written one of the most important books of the 21st century. If you thought "Pagan Christianity" was controversial, think again. Jon's book demonstrates beyond dispute that the clergy-system (in the form of the modern pastorate) is not only unbiblical but also contrary to the headship of Jesus Christ. I hope that every Christian reads this volume with an open heart and mind, especially those who deem themselves "leaders" in the body of Christ. I applaud Jon for his courage in adding another Scripture-based book to help foment the growing revolution that God has begun today - a revolution designed to give His church back to His beloved Son.
- Frank Viola, author of "Revise Us Again," "From Eternity to Here," "Jesus Manifesto," "Pagan Christianity" 

 

Jon describes how the current structure of the institutional church has created over time an unhealthy balance in the body of Christ. He challenges us to look at the pastoral system in light of the way the New Testament early church functioned. A must-read and insightful book!
- Joseph Hunter, former pastor, Tennessee 

 

This book addresses the fine points of the pastor-centric paradigm, uncovering numerous ways the headship of Jesus Christ is inadvertently usurped amid a Christian culture of hero-worship of religious celebrity. For those who have ears to hear, Jon Zens' words have the ability to breathe new hope and fire into the lives of those dedicated souls who love the church, but have far too long been carrying the weight of it on their shoulders.
- Dr. Stephanie Bennett, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Palm Beach Atlantic University, W. Palm Beach, Florida 

 

In this book Jon Zens has taken dead aim at the most sacred cow of all within institutional Christianity - the Pastorate. He does this with a precise biblical scholarship, and with a keen eye for details. No stone is left unturned in this study of this most unscriptural yet most popular role and practice ... Never before have I read such a biblically and experientially accurate treatment of the subject.
- Milt Rodriguez, author of "The Priesthood of All Believers, The Temple Within and the Butterfly in You" 


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Pagan Christianity? Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices

Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, choirs, and seminaries?

This volume reveals the startling truth: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is not rooted in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence in the first-ever book to document the full story of modern Christian church practices.

One of the most troubling outcomes of the modern church model has been the effect on average believers: turning them from living expressions of Christ's glory and power to passive observers. If you want to see that trend reversed, turn to Pagan Christianity? ... a book that examines and challenges every aspect of our present-day church experience.

Now, after viewing the video you may wish to re-read the defense of True Orthodox Catholic Christianity again...

References as to what is being caused by such as Mr. Zen's writings and other like him in their errant, false and misleading beliefs:

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[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Roman Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional. "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam, by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

    1. Has USA been sold out to the Satanic Muslim Horde by so-called Protestant Fundamentalists such as Pentecostals, Mormons, Jehovah's Witness, etc.?)

    2. Muslim beliefs cause this to happen!

    3. ISLAM -- Satan's Response to Allah's Incarnation

    4. ISLAM -- Satan's Response to Jesus Christ's Incarnation

    5. Christians Arrested for Proselytising near Muslim gathering in USA

    6.  Islamic supremacists to hold White House "rally, a call for the Sharia, a call for the Muslims to rise up and ­establish the Islamic state in America"

     7. Replies to Recent Postings

    8. On Immigration - and what it is doing to the USA and the false Christianity being touted today...

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Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.

 

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We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

 

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Are You Concerned about Why 911 came about? Why are U.S. Troops being trained for Martial Law within the U.S. borders? Why are children in schools being used for control exercises by law enforcement? Why are our educational institutions having less influence in raising standards of excellence as they were in past decades? Who is responsible? Can you really trust elected officials? The questions and "Why"?

Why I have Left Anglicanism for the Orthodox Church

REFLECTIONS ON THE FUTURE OF THE WORLD ARMAGEDDON?

LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN - Part I

Let The Truth Be Known - Part 2

A Response to Twenty Facts about Israel and the Middle East

A Response to the article HIDING IN THE BUSHES AS LEBANON BLEEDS

Please click on this link to hear what John F. Kennedy had to say, and then compare it to what is happening today: http://www.infowars.com/articles/nwo/jfk_secret_society_speech.htm

What is Freedom and its true Meaning?

Important Information - Light A Candle, Tell A Friend...

An Important Resume

 

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Old Catholicism and Old Catholics (Old Catholic Benedictine) becoming heretical Protestant and Synchrestic in its ecumenicity!

 

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About Our Lines of Succession

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Can You See Where We Are Heading? - God, Man & the World - Awake I

  God, Man & the World - Part B - Awake II - Continuation of ‘One World Government’, ‘One World Religion’ & the ‘One World banking System’

  God, Man & the World - Part C - Awake III - THE UNITED NATIONS, THE INTERNATIONAL MONEY FUND AND THE WORLD BANK:

God, Man & the World - Part D - Awake IV - Tavistock Institute, the Best Kept Secret in America

God, Man & the World - Part E - Awake V - U. N. Influence in Our Schools

God, Man & the World - Part F - Awake VI - The United Nation’s Plans for the Future of the World

God, Man & the World- Part G - Awake VII - What is the  - "Club of Rome?"

God, Man & the World - Part H - Awake VIII - A Closer Look at the One World Order and Bible Prophecy – Part I

God, Man & the World - Part I - Awake IX - A Closer look at the One World Order and Bible Prophecy – Part II - The Culture War in America

  God, Man & the World - Part J - Awake X - A Closer Look at the One World Order and Bible Prophecy – Part III - The Devaluation of Life

Criminal Aliens: What Kind of Future Does America Have?

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WOTI (Western Orthodox Theological Institute)

 

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The Good Times - the Bad Times - The End Times

Is Mainline Orthodoxy world wide following Rome?

 

About St. Pambo - St. Seraphim of Sarov in comparison to Francis of Assisi

 

"Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said."
Matthew 28:5-6

 

 

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"I understand the idea of sodomy and homosexuality, but to say that homosexuality is not a sin is incorrect and not just in my mind but all of Orthodoxy and again, not just in Orthodoxy but all of Catholicism and again, not simply all of Catholicism but all of Christianity with the exception of those who have this in their personal life as sin or are very close to someone who does. Celibacy or Married Life is the ultimate ideal.  For both Homosexuality and Heterosexuality are truly sinful if... and below is the hard part of this understanding..." (Ed. Note: We have never said "homosexuality is not a sin or okay... however, there are those who, being homosexual, are that way for a variety of reasons.  Jesus Christ talked of these kinds as referring to Eunuchs.  The conversion tactics employed by many other groups, bespeaks of a "politics" that is not wholly honest either spiritually or even materially.  For, in their endeavors they have failed to show forth the truth that one is driven into a "closet" style of life.  It is better, we believe, to become wholly celibate, be it a homosexual or even heterosexual... and to learn what "celibacy" really means and requires).

 

If a man looks on a woman who is not his wife with lust, he has sinned. If he and she are married to other people he has committed adultery. If a man looks at a man with lust he has sinned the same as a man who looks at a woman. Sodomy does not have to enter into it, lust for someone is a sin by itself and must be removed. But people do this all day long to be sure but it is still a sin. To say that homosexuality and heterosexuality are not a sin due to their lusting, allows both heterosexuals and homosexuals to live in sin without repentance and this is wrong to do to them spiritually.

 

It is for the sake of their own soul that one has to recognize sin that is in them and not to excuse it regardless of the sin or the preference of the sinner. Sodomy is indeed a sin regardless of what any one may tell you, the act of attraction or the lust is a sin even without action and simply must be repented of by both heterosexuals and homosexuals. I must also add this; woe to all who misguide others into sin and especially those who are of the clergy who do this. For the sake of your own soul and others, you must recognize this and repent. I know that it is not easy to overcome and if it is never overcome then one must live a life of constant repentance, that is the only choice.

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