Decentralized and Centralized Spiritual Movements

In the Bible, we can see two main types of spiritual movements: decentralized and centralized. God mandates both, but His primary concern has been to bless the families of the earth and have a special relationship with some individuals. He also wants good role models rather than a top-down hierarchical model. Thus, He wants His people to trust Him, not structures, to be in this world but not of it and to be free to pour their new wine into new wineskins. The verses below trace these concepts from Genesis to Revelation.



Part 1 – OT Spiritual Movements Before and after Moses

Gen. 1:28

Gen. 9:1

Gen. 10:8-12, 11:1-9

Gen. 28:14

Ex. 19-31

Ex. 28:1-3

Dt. 1:9-18

Dt. 12:5-8

(Joshua)

Judges 8:22,23

1 Sam. 8:6-20

2 Sam. 7:1-17

(1 Kings 5-8)

1 Kings 11:1-13

1 Kings 12:1-19

2 Kings 17:1-23

Jer. 7:1-15

Ez. 8-10

2 Chr. 36:11-21

Daniel 9

(Ezra and Nehemiah)


Part 2 – The Spiritual Movement of Jesus

Mt. 5-7

Mt. 21:37-40

Luke 15

(Parables)

Luke 14:21,23

Mt. 9:36-38

Mt. 4:19

Mt. 12:30

(Mt. 10)

(Luke 10)

Mark 10:42-45

Mt. 23:8-10

Luke 5:37-39

Mt. 21:43

(John 13-17)

John 15:4-6

Mt. 16:18

Mt. 27:51

Mt. 28:19,20

Mark 16:15

Luke 24:46-48

John 20:21


Part 3 – Spiritual Movements of the Apostles

Acts 1

Acts 2

(Acts 2-7)

Acts 2:42

Acts 5:38-39

Acts 7:47-53

Acts 8:1-4

Acts 9

Acts 10

Acts 11

(Acts 13-28)

1 Tim. 3:1-13

Titus 1:5-2:8

Eph. 4:11-16

Acts 20:32


Part 4 – Spiritual Movements during Church History

(both bad and good - to be discussed)



Notes

  • Verses and words (in parentheses) are illustrative or explanatory.
  • Some spiritual movements have been led by the Holy Spirit, but some have been led by evil spirits. Some have been led by both simultaneously.
  • Examples of spiritual movements led by evil spirits are secret societies, the Theosophy movement, Jehovah's Witnesses, ecumenism and transhumanism.