About Dr. Ian Traill

Dr. Ian Traill is a missionary to China where he has been for more than 15 years. Previously he had planted a Church in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia and now he is involved in planting Churches in China and developing Traillblazer, Tony Smits Bible College throughout the nation. Arriving in August 2000 to take up a position teaching English at Universities and Colleges, working as a "tentmakers" ministry, he has been conducting Bible classes and training people in the area of leadership with the view of them starting their own home church. Ian has a strong desire to bring teaching to the people, thus he has written many books. A missionary is one who is sent to cross over geographic and cross-cultural boundaries to plant the Word of God and a local church, thus establishing God’s culture in a new location. The Gospel of John clearly portrays Jesus as fulfilling the ministry of a missionary sent from God (John 3:17-34, 4:34, 5:23, 5:36-38, 6:29-57, 7:16-33, 8:16-42, 9:4, 10:36, 11:42, 12:44-49, and13:20). Jesus Christ came as a missionary to this world to save us, but non-Christians reading His story in a newspaper at that time, would say that He was a failure. We, of course, are aware He did not fail. It is because of His mission that we are here today, and it was through someone else that we heard about Jesus too. Faith comes by hearing the Word, but if there is no preacher how can people hear? So we are going to all nations.

Two loves of God

God shows no impartiality in the magnitude of His unconditional agape love. He agape loves us all 100 per cent and you cannot get any more. Agape[1] love is a dear love based on a decision of the mind. God must agape us. Agape love is God’s obligated demonstration of love to all mankind (Sinners).

John 15:13 No one has greater love (agape) than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (MKJV)

Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, Love (agape) your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you and persecute you, (MKJV)

Phileo love is for believers, in the Greek is to approve, like, sanction; to treat affectionately or kindly, to welcome, befriend and show signs of love (only for believers). God is pure. If we believe in Jesus, God loves (phileo) Jesus (1 John 5:2) and us completely (John 16:27) and we are treated affectionately, romantically approved.

John 16:27 for the Father Himself loves[1] you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came out from God. (MKJV)

In John 16:27 the Father’s love is “phileo” in Greek, which is a love with strong emotions, to treat affectionately. God phileo loves us tenderly, because we are committed disciples who love His Son (John 5:20; 11:3; 11:36; 12:25; 15:19; 20:2; 21:15-17). He calls us sons and friends with whom He shares warm and friendly love (Galatians 3:26, 2Corinthians 6:18, John 15:15). God saves us and if we respond to the call He is happy. God may well be pleased with other actions we do out of this love, but His phileo love is complete.

1Corinthians 16:22 If anyone does not love (phileo) the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. The Lord comes! 23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. 24 Let my love (agape) be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. (MKJV)

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love “phileo”, I rebuke and chasten; therefore be zealous and repent. (MKJV)

[1] Strong’s, Hebrews and Greek Dictionaries G5368 phileō, From G5384; to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or an object]), that is, have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling;

[1] Strong’s, Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries G26 agapē ag-ah’-pay From G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast: – (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.

Pastor Johnson Mncube, South Africa

Pastor Johnson Mncube, Africa Outreach Ministries is representing us in Uganda and Kenya for graduation of about 60 students in our Bible College.

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Dr Ian Traill of Traillblazer Ministries and Pastor Johnson Mncube, Africa Outreach Ministries, P.O. Box 438 Dobsonville 1865 Johannesburg, South Africa Ph. +00 27 7 1 678 4988

Ecclesiastical/every-believer structure

If I said that, I have only ever been in ONE church, which was almost ran as they did in the New Testament times, many would not believe me but that is the truth. This left me to write a manual of how the New Testament Church should be conducted.

Many church leaders may not like this book as they may feel they do not have control over their fellowship’s content, but they will find this method liberating.  To have control is different to being a controller.

It’s not about you and it’s all about Jesus building His People! An illuminating truth.

From my book “Babylon must fall!”

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Babylon_must_fall.html?id=d3YkDwAAQBAJ

It is easy to see faults in the Church but to come up with the answers found in Scripture has been my challenge. Now it is up to church leaders to face the challenge of getting back to the Bible for direction.

The church to have spiritual and numerical growth the Church must return to a Godly way of worship. If the Universal or a local church is bathed in worship, then it will grow in the manner that God wants it to. If this is true and it is; then God has set out in the Word of God the guidelines for us to follow. Our task is to find these guidelines. I am sure that this book will go some way to aiding your development, guiding and bringing you some revelation that can help you to go further in your local church as we return to true worship to the Church.

It is vitally important upon every individual local church to build according to a Biblical pattern, and to train or disciple men and women to maturity, to fulfil the Great Commission, which is still our greatest responsibility. Jesus said we must go to the entire world and preach the Gospel.

Discipleship is a central issue after salvation for the individuals, and a key component with building a person and a cross-cultural church. The detailed importance of such a program will play a part in the longevity and effectiveness of any group of people. It will also bring major benefits to the new convert, which should be a major priority after the glorification of God. It is after the encounter with God that solidification in the faith is required through Discipleship.

Some may say the pastor, music, lights, etc. that make a successful church, but we need to take a good look at ourselves and see if we are trying to entertain people or train them in the right manner.

In the area of the church service; we may have Ecclesiastical/every-believer structure and methodology where every believer makes contributions to the running of the church service. This is achieved by every believer bringing some part of the service in sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit. Please note: Trust is an important dynamic here as it could be abused by a super-spiritual type of person who wants to dominate the meeting. Setting a flexible time limit around two to five minutes may solve this problem, failing this correction will need to be brought.

Key change Then how is it, brothers?

Paul starts here with an exhortation to think via a question and then opens his answer to the order of service in 1Corinthians 14:26 with six gifts.  Paul starts with verse 26. Then how is it, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be for building up.”

Let us consider a church that has a ministry team of six, seven or eight, but it could be more or even less depending on the size of the church. It could be the deacons, elders, bishops, local pastor or a regular attendee. It must only be a regular attendee involved in this type of ministry as a newcomer may become puffed up with his own importance and thereby cause damage. The regular attendees could be nominated from the gathering, to operate within any of the six gifts listed below. In 1Corinthians 14:26 we find six gifts of revelation and one directive. In a small church it could be all the members being involved in the service.

Then how is it, brothers? Paul knew the answer and that was each person had something to bring.

Each one

has a psalm.

has a teaching

has a tongue

has a revelation

has an interpretation

Let all things be for building up

Paul said, “Let all things be done unto edifying.” (1Corinthians 14:26b) this is to say the verb edify in its original meaning is “to be a house-builder” Thus in all the order of management of the church in running a corporate service everything should be to build up the saints the living stones of God. (1 Peter 2:5)

Finally allowing people to bring their revelations of a living experience with God in their everyday walk with Him, will build the people up greatly and they will want to share this with others.

Then how is it, brothers? Means that from a loving active relationship with Jesus our God we will have things to share in the gathering. Thus you should be encouraged to share.

This short section is only some highlight from my book.

 

Paradigm shift

page-0From my book “Babylon must fall!”

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Babylon_must_fall.html?id=d3YkDwAAQBAJ

The Church needs to make a paradigm shift BACK TO THE BIBLE, presenting Jesus’ Church in the manner that the Bible says. It was to be a place of worship not entertainment. We need to understand that Jesus’ Church culture will be challenging to all whether they are leaders or general members of the local church.

The Kingdom of God is not a

  • Democracy
  • Dictatorship
  • Republic
  • Monarchy
  • Feudal Society
  • Tribal Society
  • Oligarchy

1.   Kingdoms

Israel wanted to be like other nations, just as the Church today wants to be like the world. This is not God’s plan, as a greater godly King a godly Kingdom is to come, which will be structured on godly lines.

We may note that in the British monarchy the King/Queen did not have absolute power, due to the signing of Magna Carta which limited monarchical powers as it then was shared between the King, the Lords and the Church.

The human Monarchical Kingdom had very few legal restraints as the monarch ruled with sovereign power up until the 19th century. The Kings and Queens would reign until death or abdication. This form of government to rule the people developed from Feudalism, which is “might-is-right”, where the stronger leader would take total power. It was a legal and social system that existed in medieval Europe, in which the people (vassals) gave loyalty and homage to a feudal Over-lord to receive the right to occupy the lord’s land. The lord would protect them in exchange for military service. This also could have developed from Oligarchy or Tribal society which was a small group of people who gather to govern their location for their own purposes. Further development took place as a Republic, a political system developed to govern the people although the people elected their representatives, to exercise power for them, but one step along from that is a Dictatorship which is a governed by an individual, usually by force. The system that has developed in many Christian nations is a democracy. A democracy is the right to form a government based on the voters’ selection. It is a form of government in which power is invested in the people as a whole, usually exercised on their behalf by elected representatives.

2.   The Dark-ages of man’s Theocracy

The Papacy is a corrupt form of theocratic Government which is an insidious canker upon mankind and the Church. Its purpose is to make itself the sole channel to God. It pretends not to be a political power but behind the scene it commits murder and engineers political change. The greatest apostasy it commits is the claim that you cannot be saved unless you are a Catholic. “The Abomination that causes Desolation” for the Christian was the time that they were restricted by the Roman Catholic Church from reading God’s Word under pain of death.

Any church that walks the fine line of getting involved with man’s governments is close to becoming a whore. It takes a lot of wisdom and integrity to maintain a Godly position. All these types of Kingdoms or forms of Governments are corrupted by man’s rebellion against God’s rule.

3.    Calvin Failed Theocracy

The establishment of a theocracy where God is the head is the only answer we can have, but in this situation,  we need our Commander-in-Chief, Jesus to be in control and we need to desire to follow Him. Calvin’s model was another example of man’s effort to produce a theocracy that failed when he was appointed and paid by the City Council, to form cooperation between secular authority and the ecclesiastical authority[1].In his model he divided the church into four levels of organization under the name of Ecclesiastical Ordinances and the ordinances were adopted by the city council, which started a fourteen-year work of construction. It became a dictatorship!

Calvin, in his constitution set in place his thoughts of Church order and functions in the secular sphere. He had called for strict discipline carried out by the Church under the four levels of Pastors, Elders, Deacons and Doctors or Teachers. This structure did not have the authority of God to continue, as the positions set in place in actual fact became the policemen, by enforcing the rules. The missing element in his structure was the desire of the people to want to follow God’s precepts.

Much of Western Church growth is church migration and methodologies following their own patterns, but often lacking the blueprint of God. The Scriptures present patterns for worship and patterns for prayer.  Most germane to our study, patterns can be found, beginning in the Old Testament, for building God’s Kingdom in the earth. The nation of Israel was always moving away from this and the question could be asked today, “Are we also moving away by trying to be like the world?” The answer is certainly, “Yes”

  1. The Kingdom of God is a Theocracy

A Theocracy is the Government of God. It is a community governed by God through His ministers (known as “the priesthood of every believer”), under the leading of the Holy Spirit. But this too has been a problem, throughout the history of the Church as many leaders claim divine direction, even when they are going in different directions! Here is an example of this different opinion that reared its head in the early church when, its leaders and prophets were telling Paul to not to go to Jerusalem, while he determinedly insisted upon going.

First Council

Pastor Leo Harris said in his book on page 4, “In Acts, chapter 15, is recorded the first Church council ever held and – let our modern church organisers note – the ONLY church council in the first century! Was it to decide upon a name for this new organisation, to appoint a central executive and a president? Was it to draw up a constitution for these recently-founded churches? No; most decidedly not! This council was held for the sole purpose of discussing a doctrinal matter, discussing it freely, informally, openly and then the apostles and elders returned to their respective spheres of service to labour under God’s guidance and anointing – without a constitution, without an organisation, without a uniform name, without a central executive and without a president or any other head to the fellowship – except CHRIST!

Rome the First To Organise!

There was no organisation in the Christian church until the great apostasy developed and the church was plunged into the abyss of the Dark Ages. When Christian church and pagan state united under Emperor Constantine, the way was prepared for the rise of that corrupt, idolatrous Gentile religion – Roman Catholicism. It was but the final phase of the great Babylonian succession of world powers, viz., Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Pagan Rome and Papal Rome. The new dictator, however, was a bishop as well as an emperor. Yes, Rome was the first to organise! Rome was the first to recognise one human head of the church! Rome was the first to show intolerance towards those who differed in doctrine or rebelled against the assumed authority of her hierarchy and the bondage of her centrally controlled organisation! Rome led the way, and how many have followed!

In the Old Testament the Judges were selected by God and not by man. They were not to have a succession or dynastic mantle to follow. The same rule applies today with ministry gifting.

Through the succession of the Popes we have seen abominations committed by certain statements made and held by the Roman church and the Popes themselves. The title Caesar was originally a family name, but it came to mean “one who acts like a dictator”. It was given to Roman emperors, especially from the reign of Augustus to that of Hadrian. This connection to the Roman Empire through Constantine was conferred on the Pope. Supreme Papal Authority Comes from the Law of the Caesars[2]

The body of Christ, the Church,[3] is a group of believers from all different backgrounds with different ideas, but we need to learn God’s way of doing things, while identifying the diversity of interpretations held in different denominations of the Church. The Roman model of church is wrong but people still keep copying this flawed system and so its denominational thinking is flawed too. The problem is that most of the churches are looking for an organisation to run things. The apostasy has developed again in Pentecostal church organization worldwide.

God’s system comes down from the top to the believer. That means Jesus, Holy Spirit, to the five ministry gifts (such as Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist, Prophet and Apostle) and the elders, designated leaders, the deacons, and then to the brethren. That does not mean that God will not talk through any individual member of His church body. The New Testament Church teaching does encourage every believer ministry (Royal Priesthood) in the Church, and also that no one is more important than another.

We find in Luke 7:28 this statement by Jesus, “For I say to you, among those who are born of woman there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist. But he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. (MKJV)”

One stipulation is that meetings should not be disorderly and unruly. There has to be order or else the devil would have a measure of control, as stated in 1Corianthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order (MKJV).  Then in the ISV, “but everything must be done in a proper and orderly way.”

We must remember what Jesus said when He spoke to the centurion about authority and the chain of command (Matthew 8:5-13).

When we are facing overwhelming difficulties with another person or an organization, it is of paramount importance that we realize that sometimes we are not fighting people who may hold another interpretation of the Bible, but it may in the end be a spiritual power.

In Ephesians 6:12 it states, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (MKJV)

Sadly, our humanity is flawed; we will not be able to have a true Theocracy on this earth until Christ is here to lead us with His Omnipresence, Omnipotence, Omniscience, Immutability, and Infinity as our God and Leader. Face-to-face contact and relationship is the essence of theocracy. It is this type of relationship that God wanted from the beginning and still wants; He wants us to come to Him in all matters of life.

We cannot have a man or woman as an intermediary to God. We need a personal face-to-face relationship with God through Christ. When we go to God, we can then move out from God to fulfil His plans for us in ways that will astound us.

 

[1] Noll, M. A, Turning Points: 2007,  Page 190

[2]  “…superior papal authority and dominion is derived from the law of the Caesars.” Lucius Ferraris, in “Prompta Bibliotheca Canonica, Juridica, Moralis, Theologica, Ascetica, Polemica, Rubristica, Historica”, Volume V, article on “Papa, Article II”, titled “Concerning the extent of Papal dignity, authority, or dominion and infallibility”, #19, published in Petit-Montrouge (Paris) by J. P. Migne, 1858 edition.

“…the appellation of God had been confirmed by Constantine on the Pope, who being God, cannot be judged by man.” Pope Nicholas I, quoted in History of the Councils, vol. IX, Dist.: 96, Can 7, “Satis Evidentur Decret Gratian Primer Para”, by Labbe and Cossart.

[3] Chant, B, The Church, General Editor Ken Chant Copyright 1992 by Ken Chant Ministries All rights reserved Worldwide

Babylon from within

From my book

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Babylon_must_fall.html?id=d3YkDwAAQBAJ

This brings us to the title of this book, “Babylon must fall!” Why is that?

It is simple that many church groups are running a hierarchical centralized dictatorship form of management which runs many little churches, like the Roman church did. The local church is under attack with Summit Fever; and in many cases it does not even know that it is! Summit Fever has gripped many local churches with denominational thinking and they are committing whoredom.

Summit Fever is defined as the dangerous state or compulsion to reach the summit of a mountain in spite of the costs. It is a mental condition which tells climbers they have come too far to turn back, despite exhaustion or ignoring danger signs that would be normally observed when a person is not so tired or having more oxygen.

We are getting closer to Christ’s return and it is time to get back to the structure that is set out in our Bibles, which we call the Apostolic model.

Parts of the local and universal Church are being raped and pillaged while some believers are gazing upon the victim, (as in the parable of the “Good Samaritan”) as they walk by doing nothing. Who will stop to bind up the wounds and comfort the distressed victim? Some may say “That’s life” and that is the way it has been for a long time and that is the way it must be in a contemporary church too. As the Samaritan poured in oil and wine into the victim, so the anointing of the Holy Spirit is the presence of Christ.

Summit Fever has led to some groups and fellowships of churches to commit spiritual whoredom to become popular, rich and powerful. Many gimmicks are in operation; windows painted out, walls darkened, flashing lights, smoke machines, unscriptural songs, and unrepentant tattooed leaders, acceptance of homosexuality, sin and crass talking ministries (Ephesians 5:3-5). I have even seen and heard at a conference leader making an offer of a gift to get people to take on Bible college study. What is wrong with this thinking and their relationship with Christ?

Anointed is anointed! No need to throw away what is anointed for something new because it is new. Hay! The walls can be bright; the lights can be on, and with no smoke machine. It’s the anointing of Jesus, not the gimmicks that brings people.

Something must be done to stop the degeneration within the Church. This cancerous growth must be cut out!

Let us push onto the summit in God when the conditions are right and they are right; that is to Say, “BACK TO THE BIBLE!”

If we bring into the Church; businesses, pyramid marketing, politics, a centralized management structure for all the member churches in a denomination, we have veered away from a holy life. Then we may hear, “away from me I know you not”.

Do not be blinded by structures of government, programs or plans to achieve fame, power, control and fortune for financial security in the church. It is with all certainty that these goals will compromise the fabric of the Church and the quality of your Christian walk. But we can have the popularity; power and financial security that Jesus wants us to have, but without Jesus, any other way is a compromise!

You have “Summit Fever” when you bring your work, political views, ego, and thirst for power into the Church. Many die from summit fever, blinded by the conditions, so close to the top but not quite there; because the conditions have turned bad, they think that they are so close to the top and that they push on forgetting the plan of safety to stop in bad conditions, and then die on the ascent. As in the world when these things happen so it is in God’s Kingdom if you don’t stick to His plan you will certainly not reach your goal. We need to take a stand for holiness by getting rid of the abominations in the Holy place and follow the Godly order as set out in the New Testament.

Let us get BACK TO THE BIBLE and see Babylon fall as Christ’s Kingdom rises. Simply organise your church based on the Bible and not the tradition you may think is Biblical and then watch and see your church grow.

Pentecostal churches are also following traditions which are not Biblical. By following the New Testament Ecclesiastical Management Structure for successful growth, as outlined in our Bibles and explained in this book you will find it very helpful and beneficial as you listen to the Holy Spirit of God.