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The Problem with Human Hierarchy
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When my signature book Insurgence: Reclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom released, I couldn’t fit in all the chapters.
So we created a supplemental website specifically for the book (the web address is inside the book at the end. It’s different from the book landing page).
One of the chapters on the supplemental website that couldn’t fit into the book is entitled “The Origins of Human Government & Hierarchy.”
The big point I made in that article is that God didn’t create hierarchy for humans.
He created it for the celestial realm (which includes the divine council, archangels, and other angelic beings).
When Lucifer fell and became “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:16), he introduced hierarchy (which is the way his realm is orchestrated) into the fallen world.
The article is heavily footnoted and uses ancient source materials to buttress the points.
(It also explores the names of the archangels, a few of which are in Scripture, and how they operate.)
To date, the article has never been refuted. And it's helped many.
I’m highlighting it today because I recently watched the 1963 hearings where Joseph Valachi (a New York mobster) divulged before the US Congress how the Mafia was organized.
That hearing was the first time the American public and the US government learned that the Mafia (Cosa Nostra) was real along with the fascinating way it was structured.
Hierarchy upon hierarchy upon hierarchy. A direct reflection of the fallen celestial world adopted by humans.
Even though hierarchy has been utilized in benign and even good-intentioned institutions -- businesses and even modern “churches” (the military also, although people disagree on how benign it is) -- human hierarchies always create problems because humans weren’t designed for it.
That bears repeating: human hierarchies always create problems because humans weren’t designed for it.
If this idea is new to you or you have trouble with it at first blush (i.e., some of you are new to my work and haven’t yet read the book Insurgence), you can see the evidence for yourself in the article.
It’s among the most fascinating things I’ve ever researched.
Read it at The Origins of Human Government & Hierarchy.
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Next Thursday I have some good news to share, so stay tuned.
Yours in His grace,
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