We have established a new priesthood, not after the order of Levi, and certainly not the order of Melchizedek, but after the order of Luther, and, after that, pick your flavor of preference.
We have done any and all of the things those who came before us did, and we have made all their mistakes, including Adam, those at the tower of Babel, the children of Israel, the Pharisees, the early Church, and on and on. Have we owned up to that? Wait… we are better than them, less prone to errors, more enlightened, stronger.
We have forgotten the exhortation that speaks to us as sons, and embraced the exhortation that speaks to us as parishioners? “Attend the meeting, pay your tithe, and don’t cause any trouble, and this new priesthood will hear God for you, and guide you in the path you should go.”
We fall back upon and put our confidence in the tenants of the old covenant: priests, kings, ceremony, external cleanliness, and deities that live in buildings.
Awake, oh sleeper!
Few have seen Him as He is, and yet the invitation stands: “Today if you will hear My voice…” All day long I extend my hands to you, tho you be a stubborn and rebellious lot, I don’t withdraw my offer. Perhaps some of you, tho a remnant, will hear the Voice and take the Hand.
WOE TO YOU, you leaders, you don’t enter in, and you work to prevent those who hear the Voice and reach for the Hand from doing so. But your glory is fading, Moses. And your priesthood is failing, Eli. And your reign is crumbling, Saul. May we come to ourselves and repent before it is truly said of us what Jesus said of those leaders in that day:
Matthew 23:34 “Therefore, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers of religious law. But you will kill some by crucifixion, and you will flog others with whips in your synagogues, chasing them from city to city. 35 As a result, you will be held responsible for the murder of all godly people of all time—from the murder of righteous Abel to the murder of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you killed in the Temple between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, this judgment will fall on this very generation…”
We claim to be sent from God, while we bear so little resemblance to the One we claim as our sender.
2 Corinthians 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
Will God indeed send again the spirit of Elijah before the great and terrible day of the Lord? Hopefully we don’t regard those who wear this mantle as babblers and fools who exist just outside the legitimate borders of credibility.