Buzzword: Covenant Breaker
IS IT IN THE BIBLE?
WHAT DO WE BELIEVE IT MEANS?
A "covenant breaker" is someone who does not attend church on sundays, or breaks one of the rules of "church" such as not making tithes or proper offerings.
WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN?
this is one of the buzzwords of the institutional church that actually shows that we put this mysterious "covenant" with the local church, above the covenant in the Bible!
The fact is that there are 2 covenants, one for israel, and one for Christians. these are the only covenants the Bible describes. It is possible to "stretch things" and read into he Bible the idea that we ought to have a "covenant" with the Christians we work with locally.
What is amazing, is that we actually break the new covenant, simply by showing up to "Sunday church"!
25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise
lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them
are called benefactors.
26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth.
28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
((luke 22 25-29))
In these verse of the Bible, Jesus states plainly that we should not exercise authority one over another among ourselves. He goes on to say that this is a part of the new covenant. The phrase "I render unto you the kingdom" is a Greek phrase which means "to render over the covenant. this is the only place in the new testament that jesus Himself makes this statement (it is elsewhere used in eh book of Hebrews).
Jesus is telling us that this principle, of non-authority--of treating one another as equals--is a new covenant change, a central operational principle of the new covenant. The common format of the "church service" is based on the old covenant sacrificial laws (offering/tithe, house of God/sanctuary, praise and worship, alter/priest/pastor "in authority over "the congregation, repetitive pre-ordained ritual). In the old covenant, the Levites were given authority over the congregation (the "non-ministry tribes") of Israel to do the ministry in the temple. this is the basis for what we call "pastoral authority". Think about it. If the pastor is the only one who can speak each week--if he makes all the money decisions, if he makes most of the decisions about what will be done and said--he has huge authority. Oh I know, your pastor is a nice guy--but the traditional format of the "church service" gives him huge authority (in fact more authority than the Levites had in the old covenant)
Lets; look at another place the church service "breaks covenant"
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after
those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts,
and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
(Hebrews 10: 16-18)
Does your church ask for an "offering"?
Does this mean that, as a church member you are obligated to give money each week?
The new covenant does away with offerings. Did you realize this?
"Offering" according to the old covenant was a payment for sin. the word offering means payment. the concept of paying money to the church leaders is a completely made up idea, but once again the terms used come from the old covenant sacrificial laws. In the old covenant, Israel had to make repetitive offerings of animals and crops, in order to have their sin forgiven. What the book of Hebrews is saying here is that this concept is not to be a part of the new covenant--since Jesus has fulfilled the sacrificial laws.
so what is "offering' doing in he new covenant church?
Well it's not supposed to be there--IF we are going by the new covenant.
If you pay offerings, you are a covenant breaker.
I believe it is Gods' justice, that the very system which is
used by some to accuse others of "covenant breaking"
in fact, itself breaks the true covenant that Christians are
meant to operate by!