The Apostolic and Prophetic Ministries

The father figure is God’s greatest creation. There is no bigger tragedy than for a child to grow up without a father. I know people who will point to so-and-so to try to prove that you can achieve so much without being raised by a father, but I am not talking about achievements here.

Whatever way one looks at it, God certainly had a purpose in putting a man in the house. A father in the house carries authority. That is what he was created for above everything else. And authority brings order.

To be honest, I personally cannot claim to have accomplished even half of what I know I need to accomplish in my house. I cannot even claim to be half the idea of what some people regard as a man (After these two submissions, I am sure my enemies can now sleep in peace).

But one thing I have stone-cold accomplished in life is that my children know that there is a father in the house. Of that I have no doubt. They know the meaning of authority in our house. There are times I have gone to extremes, sure, but it has served in them knowing that there is something called authority in our house.

My wife can scale Mt. Everest and come back, but she can do nothing when it comes to authority in the house. That is my office and even if I am not there she cannot usurp it.

I have been away from home many times and there are times when my wife thought she could “control” our teenage kids. But every time she would try such a stunt, it always back-fired, and she had to call me from wherever I was, even when I was far away in a neighboring country. And all the kids needed to hear was my voice – and order would return to that house.

I am not saying they became angels or anything. Nor am I saying that my children will succeed in life because of that. But my children have always known there is a father in the house. And that has always brought order back to that house even in the worst of situations. If my children refused for me to chastise them, they would become bastards. The Bible says so in Hebrews 12:8.

Today people fear the term “order”. But it is a spiritual term.

(It is in connection to these issues that the Bible says that every woman must be under the authority of a man, and that every man must be under the authority of Christ (1 Cor. 11:3). Anything outside this order is unbiblical.

That is why also there can be no woman in the five-fold ministry because these are ministries of authority within the church. The Apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:11-12: “11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

A woman can minister in many other areas within the Body of Christ, but not in the five-fold ministry.)

A lack of a father in the church has brought about all the chaos and disorder that we are witnessing in the church today.

And the Apostle Paul, speaking with regard to the ministry of the apostle, he writes the Corinthians, “14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you. 15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.” 1 Cor. 4:14-15

Paul was telling the Corinthians that he was their father. He had begotten them in the true gospel of Jesus Christ, the gospel of the cross (1 Cor. 2:2). He had preached the singular gospel – the gospel that tells you to deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow Christ – that only could produce mature sons and daughters in the Spirit.  As a result, they were now his bona fide “sons” – but sons of God’s Kingdom also because Paul was under the authority of Christ.

Paul therefore could “shame” them if it came to that, as he does in 1 Cor. 6:5 and elsewhere, he could warn them; indeed, he could do anything with them to bring order into their lives.

No other ministry can beget sons in the gospel of Jesus Christ except the ministry of the apostle. He alone has been put by God in the church to bring the revelation of the cross in the church. All other ministry are dependent on this ministry together with the ministry of the prophet. Upon these two ministries is the church built (Eph. 2:20). People may beget many other things, I don’t know; but the Bible makes it clear that it is only the ministry of the apostle that can beget sons in the gospel.

Indeed a lack of this ministry within the church, or a lack of submission to it, has brought about so much destruction to the church of Jesus Christ.

I doubt any book exiting would suffice to list all the different things that are going all wrong with the church today. Every one of us is a witness of at least something that is wrong with the church.

The root of this problem is that there is no father in the house. There is no man in the house to bring order.

That is why, if you look carefully particularly on many Christian TV channels, you will find many young preachers today. (In Africa nearly all of them dress the same way). You will find these young men saying and doing the most abominable things in their “churches”; and if you follow them up they will tell you they have their own independent “ministries”.

They have no one they are subject to. They do not know anything about authority, nor submission.

But with the early church, if you saw a young man preaching or pastoring a church, he always had a father behind him. The Bible is replete with these examples. We find Timothy and Titus, for example, and many others.

You wouldn’t have found these young preachers telling their congregations to eat grass, for example, or to bring in all their money so they could live like kings.

No; these were young men (notice, not women) who had been raised the hard way. There was no spiritual frivolousness about their lives. They had a father, and there was order in their lives.

It is high time that the church woke up and acknowledged that it desperately needs the five-fold ministry, and to allow the ministry of apostle and prophet to have their true place in church – that there may be order and growth in the Body of Christ.

As long as this blog exists, it will be dedicated to bringing out the singular apostolic revelation that Christ bequeathed the church, and which the Apostle Paul so ably set forth in his writings and without which there is no true church.

[Below: the twin ministries of the apostle and prophet are the foundation of the true church]

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The Ministry of the Apostle – Part 1

1Co 14:33  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

The keyword here is ‘confusion’. Let me first set a background to this. In Ephesians 3:15 Paul talks about “the whole family in heaven and earth”. He is talking about God’s family, the Church. The Church is a family. In every family, it is the ministry of the father to maintain order. In the Church the apostle is the father.

Unfortunately, not everyone who has the title ‘Apostle’ is a real apostle, or even understands the ministry of the apostle. I will go even further and say that a true apostle would most likely not put the title ‘Apostle’ before his name. The five-fold ministry is not about titles. You will notice that even though Paul introduced himself severally in his epistles as an apostle of Jesus Christ, he never once calls himself ‘Apostle Paul’. When Paul says he is an apostle of Jesus Christ he is making a spiritual statement. Titles are meaningless when it comes to the things of the Spirit. A title is important when someone has nothing of the Spirit in him. He feels he needs a bulwark of some sort and titles are powerful tools in the flesh.

In these last days when God is restoring the Church, Satan is also raising counterfeits. The ministry of the apostle is the most important ministry in the Church and Satan knows that. That is why today there is a glut of ministers carrying the title ‘Apostle’.

But we must be serious and understand why God put the ministry of the apostle in the Church. He put this ministry so there would be order in the Church. No other ministry had the spiritual authority to write what Paul wrote to these churches.

The apostle is the father of the Church. Where the ministry of the apostle is at work, there will be order in the church. There will be sound doctrine in the church. Where there is no sound doctrine there is no order; and where there is no order there is confusion.

That is why Paul, through the anointing of the ministry of the apostle that was upon him, was able to put order not only in the Corinthian church, but in all the churches that he ministered to. He says: “as in all churches of the saints”.

Paul talked about how different ministries ought to operate in Church; he taught about the place and role of a woman in Church; he talked about the relationship between husband and wife; about widows; money; he confronted sin in church and showed how to deal with it. Paul even talked about how people ought to sing and pray in church! He talked about how people ought to behave in Church and how things ought to operate in Church.

The Church needs order. The Bible says clearly that God is not the author of confusion. But today even a blind man can tell that there is so much confusion in churches. If one were to list the things that are disorderly in church, that list would be endless.

Confusion means that everyone does whatever they feel they need to do. There is no spiritual direction and no single Godly vision. Each one thinks they have the ‘Vision’ and they go ahead and do whatever they feel they are called upon to do. Everyone is doing their own thing in church “in the Name of Jesus”.

Needless to say, in that kind of atmosphere, the flesh has a field day! You will find every kind of the manifestations of the flesh in Church. And, since the flesh is the door for Satan to control people’s lives, there will be all kinds of strange doctrines in Church, even demonic ones. In one church in our city, the lead actor is a popular local TV comedian. That is the state of the Church today.

I thank God so much for the ministry of CTMI. Through this ministry I have come to understand about the apostolic ministry, the revelation of the Church, law and grace. Grace, not law, is what came through Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross. Most important of all I have come to experience the life-changing power of the gospel through the five-fold ministry, which is only found in this gospel of the revelation of the Cross. I may still be weak and struggling on the road of the Cross, but that is of little consequence compared to the fact that I am, at last on the right road. I praise my God for this grace. The revelation of the Cross and all it entails is the foundation of the Church.