Spiritual Covering
By Apostle H. J. McClain What do we mean by spiritual covering? In its primary context, having a spiritual covering means being submitted to the authority of our Apostle. The concept is taken to mean that, for a person’s spiritual life and/or ministry to be valid in the eyes of God, the person or ministry must be under direct submission to a specific person namely: Our Apostle According to the teaching of spiritual covering, Christians are not only accountable to God but also to their leaders and elders. This is a biblical teaching and practice as in Ephesians 5:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13, 1 Corinthians 11:2–16, and 1 Peter 5:5. In practice, the concept of spiritual covering makes Our Apostle the authority figure, intercessor and direct representation of God in the life of the person or ministry that has the “PWFC Spiritual Covering Certificate.” Biblically, each person is ultimately accountable only to God (Romans 3:19; Matthew 12:36), not to our Apostle. The role of our Apostle is to consult with others for guidance (Proverbs 11:14) and being humble enough to teach and learn from the wisdom of others (Proverbs 5:11–14). Our approval comes from God, not men (2 Timothy 2:15). No person, strictly speaking, has the absolute right to declare our service to God valid or invalid (Romans 14:4). PWFC doesn’t mandate spiritual covering but suggest those in need of leadership and guidance to willfully submit to the authority of our church. At no time are we to obscure the authority of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ supreme above our apostle (1 Timothy 2:5), Jesus, in fact, speaks against excessive earthly authority in Matthew 20:25–28 therefore we hold Christ Jesus to be our chief Apostle and in no way those who are under our spiritual coverage will be required to obey church leadership if it disagrees with Scripture.
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