Editors Note: I frequently read essays and posts by other anointed Men and Women of God who are able to articulate a particular topic with such boldness and simplicity that prompt me to reach out to them and ask to repost them on my blog. I am blessed that Apostle John L. Hairston allowed me to repost this essay. If you’re kingdom minded, it will bless you!
Great topic, Covering vs Covenant. I don’t personally teach the whole “spiritual covering” doctrine, because the implementation is tainted, it is denominationalism repackaged. There is nowhere in scripture where we find the terminology used by the Apostles, neither do we even find the concept taught among the Apostles.
Take for instance, 1 Corinthians 3:1-11. The congregation at the Church of Corinth had the same mindset, honoring who brought them to Christ, believing to be a disciple of Paul was of more value than to be a disciple of Apollos, and visa versa. Now read verse 3 how Apostle Paul began to dismantle the “that’s-my-covering” concepts:
“FOR YE ARE YET CARNAL: for whereas there is among you ENVYING and STRIFE, and DIVISIONS, are ye not CARNAL, and walk as men?”
Apostle Paul equated the mindset that is rooted in the doctrine of “spiritual covering” as CARNAL, ENVYING, STRIFE and DIVISION=DENOMINATION. That’s right, read verse 4:
“For while one saith, I AM OF PAUL(he’s my covering); and another, I AM OF APOLLOS (he’s my covering)”
But what does Paul say concerning it?
“ARE YE NOT CARNAL?”
Verse 5 has Paul placing it all in its proper KINGDOM PERSPECTIVE:
“Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, BUT MINISTERS BY WHOM YE BELIEVED, EVEN AS THE LORD GAVE TO EVERY MAN?”
I could stop there and will have effectively shown the fallacy of the entire teaching of “spiritual covering”, but Paul has much to say…
“I have planted, Apollos watered; BUT GOD GAVE THE INCREASE. SO THEN NEITHER IS HE THAT PLANTETH ANYTHING (Wow), NEITHER HE THAT WATERETH; But GOD THAT GIVETH THE INCREASE.”
In these very few, but profound passages of scripture we find a stark contrast between the Teachings of Apostles of the First Century and the organizations that have emerged with these aberrations of the TRUTH.
Spiritual covering begins to get into OWNERSHIP, we want to take CREDIT and RECEIVE GLORY FOR THOSE WE MAKE AND ORDAIN, and CLAIM AS PROPERTY THERE WORK AND LIVES, and FORBID THEM TO INTERACT WITH OTHER GIFTS.
These Leaders who “cover” create incorporated organizations and then give them great names to claim their property, and it becomes just another version of the same ANTI-CHRISTIAN MINDSET of DENOMINATION…
LET GOD BE TRUE AND EVERY MAN A LIAR…
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