Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:20-21 ESV)
There’s nothing wrong with being an independent contractor unless an “I’m the boss” and “I can do or say anything I want to” mindset is adopted. This attitude is why we often see personality clashes among Christians. The pastor or the caring brother or sister who confronts the Independent Contractor Christian’s sin will pay a price. No accountability to the fellowship or any recognition of God’s authority means we can beat up on His servants (Matthew 24:48-51).
What we are describing is someone with a superiority complex. They reject servant status and refuse any restraints placed on them by the Holy Spirit. When confronted by a believer, an Independent Contractor Christian may angrily charge, “Who are you to judge me?” They forget someone might love them enough to attempt saving them from God’s wrath. As far as they are concerned, Scripture’s warnings apply to others. Moving on–as they usually do when their ungodliness comes to light–they eventually find a church where everything is permissible. No questions asked.
By definition, Independent Contractor Christians cannot possess a loving heart. Lacking true humility, they must be catered to and coddled. They can never be wrong or denied.
Recently, I listened to a brother’s testimony. Afterward, I told him how it touched my heart. It was my impression we had a friendly relationship.
Later on, I privately brought to his attention that he had recently insulted a dear sister. She claimed she was deeply hurt by his “body-shaming” comment. For the sake of unity, and as a concerned brother, I asked that he try and patch things up between them.
Figuratively-speaking, Mount Kilauea erupted. His eyeballs popped. I couldn’t believe the look on his face. Indignant barely describes it. My witness to his cruel words to our sister was nearby and heard the commotion. She was intimidated into silence and retreated. It was most unpleasant. On Sunday, this man and his wife were no-doubt in their Bible-believing church, sitting in their usual spot.
It dawned on me that his position places him as a boss among bosses. For decades he has functioned in that environment. Do I expect an apology? Not really. In his world, every tirade is justified. (If he ever reads this, he should know I love and forgive him.)
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV)
There’s no fear of divine retribution when you are an Independent Contractor Christian. “You are in charge. You don’t have to endure difficult people, or honesty from a friend. Tell them all off. Why not? You’re the king!”
Herein is the big lie: From the Satanist’s Bible, “The Law of Thelema,” Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
There will be no unrepentant Independent Contractor-types in heaven. The last one who tried was thrown out and is destined for hell’s fire. Guided only by their passions, pride and self-interests, those who do not consider themselves true servants of God will tragically join the devil. jf