A Christian shepherd, the pastor, is the one with ‘the spiritual gift of government/administration’. It is a gift to govern/to administer with, and within the Body of Christ. But, in the case of a dominant shepherd who uses his gift of government – so to dominate and to bully church-members, then his wolves clothing is ‘dominion’.
1 Corinthians 12:27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
1 Co 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, (…) governments, (…).
The word ‘government’ as found in 1 Co 12:28, becomes ‘administration’ in some other bibles. According to the Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, the English word ‘government’, becomes ‘to steer’ in Latin. Taken literally, ‘to steer’ becomes ‘to pilot’. Taken figuratively, ‘to pilot’ then becomes ‘directorship’ (in the church): – government.
1 Co 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.
Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries describes ‘decently’ as an adverb meaning ‘decorously (with decorum). And then for the words “order”: with regular arrangement, that is in time with fixed succession, official dignity: – order. In other words, to govern in the spiritual gift of government, one does so within the ‘fixed order’, and ‘within the fixed dignity’ and in the ‘Body of Christ’. But, the dominant shepherd steps out from the fixed dignity found within the Body of Christ. He sets his own idea of what is order, and wants things done according to his own form of government. Then, it is an ‘evil’ form of governing.
A controlling and dominant shepherd creates groups of tight-knit administrators, who in turn set-up governing-hierarchies. To the governing-hierarchy, group-members are accountable to. The hierarchy of governors/administrators are also said to have the so-called spiritual gift of government. These are church-members who have abilities and the skills to administer/govern the groups ‘covered’ by the dominant shepherds.
Should people decide to stay under those particular groups, they believe they have literally placed themselves under those who have a spiritual gift of government. Literally, they are under a religious form of government. From then on, from what they eat and drink to what income they must make are all preached at them.
If a ‘covered’ chooses to leave the group, he is then examined. Upon leaving the covering of a dominant shepherd, they then become ‘uncovered’; no longer covered by the dominant shepherd. When a church-member leaves, it is an opportunity for ‘scorn’.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
According to Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries, another way to say the word ‘seat, is to say ‘assembly’. In the same dictionary, ‘scornful’ means: properly to make mouths at; that is to ‘scoff’, (to interpret, to intercede in the matter, to have derision, run a mock, to mock, mocker, scorn, teach it). In other words, to not sit in an assembly that are mockers; that scorns, where there is derision.
One way for Christians to recognize if it is an evil assembly, is to discern the spirits there. Observe what goes on there, when one leaves them. There, do you discern interpretation’ of a person’s reason’s for leaving? A person has free-agency, liberty in Christ to stay or to leave an assembly. In Christ we have the right to go worship and to choose our assembly.
Then ask yourself if you witness ‘derision’ there. Derision means to treat with contempt, to ridicule, to treat with mockery. An assembly that mocks, scoffs, also taunt, give, jeer. Where the are things running a mock; where the people there mock or scorn what is Holy; where they teach scorn instead of Agape Love. There in that assembly, are they bullying people, intimidating people; using people as bad examples. Directly from the pulpit, are their names and those of their families, announced as ‘uncovered’?
When an assembly has run a mock, they use the pulpit to pronounce prophecies upon those who leave. From up there, they pronounce with their tongues – horror stories about those who have left, and their families. From up there, they pronounce with their tongue their isolation, their alienation, their loneliness. From up in the bully pulpit, they describe them as devoid, and most especially lacking in material things; rebellious. Again from up there, they claim they have left the group ‘without the blessings and approval of their “spiritual authority”.
To be rebellious means, to ‘show a desire to resist authority’; engaged in opposing the government (of the dominant shepherd). In these types of groups, ‘covered groups’, the ‘authority’ of the ‘shepherds’ is absolute, sacrosanct, and inviolable, and without reprisal. Any semblance of anything other than total and unquestioning obedience to the desires and counsel of the church’s leadership chain, is considered rebellion and insubordination, and simply is not tolerated.