Being a Freelance Apostolic is not good.
Being a Freelance Apostolic is not good for the soul.
In the Bible Acts 2:42 says: “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” A search online revealed the meaning of steadfast as “…staunch, steady imply a sureness and continuousness that may be depended upon. Steadfast literally means fixed in place, but is chiefly used figuratively to indicate undeviating constancy or resolution: steadfast in one’s faith.”
A Freelance Apostolic often operates in contrast to the above. He/she is usually baptized according to Acts 2:38 KJV but is not usually committed to a particular Church or Fellowship with the Saints/Members of that Church. And they may even be wavering in their belief in the Doctrine of the Church. Because they also believe the online preaching of “TV Evangelists” for example, or the writings of others that will often contradict what their local “Fellowship Church” Pastor, faithful Leaders and Fellowship Saints preach, teach or testify about.
Freelance Apostolic Christians will, for example, attend Church where they like to, when they like to, and for how long they like to. They are often late but leave early (like the last in, first out principle). They may pay tithes and offerings to the local Church they attend. But they may also send those money “checks” to the Religious TV Evangelist to support a so called “good cause.” They will take Communion in Fellowship at their local Church. But they also like to attend the Social Food and Drinks Gathering of Religious Churches. This is often so because of the kind of “friends” they have (and may love) outside of their Fellowship Church Members life. They are often involved in all or most of the world “Holidays” Events. But they rarely attend the Events of the local Church they attend.
When it comes to the Bible (i.e. the word of God) they will believe “some things.” Because they also often believe the “some truth” that comes from the Religious TV Evangelist, for example. It’s not that they are “confused” in the Doctrine of their faith. It’s more likely that because they have developed a “religious” lifestyle that is more convenient for them, they slowly become “in love with” or like what “works” for them. But the real danger in that is what 1 Timothy 4:1 says: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
As the “doctrine of devils” become more prominent in the mind and life of the Freelance Apostolic, he/she never usually stay at a particular local Apostolic Church for very long. Because they like and believe so many things (or Doctrines) of the Religious Preachers/Teachers in this World, they often “move on” to another Church when they “feel like” doing so. Many, I believe, do not really believe in the second coming of the Lord (John 14:3 KJV) or in the Rapture of the Saints of God (1 Thessalonians 4:17 KJV). They may be more concerned with themselves, the pleasures of life from what they like in this world, and the love in their life (i.e. children, husbands, wives, grand kids, personal friends, and such alike).
God, the things of God, and their Church Fellowship, are always second or secondary in their life. Going to Church to them may be “nice” or a “blessing” but not a commitment in faith and obedience to the word of God. And read 2 Timothy 3:1-9 KJV.
We need to keep in prayer and help when we can, those who have the “symptoms” of a Freelance Apostolic. If they got the Holy Ghost, have obeyed the preaching from Acts 2:38 KJV, and are still alive, then there is “hope” for a change for the better from practicing biblical holiness in their life. Condemnation will not help. Admonishment will help. But above all, love is best, in agreement with the word of God.