Saturday, February 18, 2017

Addressing The Unbiblical Clergy And Laity Distinction

  • The Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and other church groups divide their members into two separate categories known as the "clergy" (ordained ministers) and "laity" (ordinary people). However, the New Testament makes no mention of dividing Christians into two separate classes. 
  • Jesus Christ Himself admonished against the use of religious titles that would appeal to man's sinful ego (Matthew 23:5-12).
  • Scripture emphasizes our spiritual brotherhood and also the humility required of every Christian as they occupy their spiritual gifts for the good of others (1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12).
  • Jesus instructed leadership to not be like the rulers of this world (Matthew 20:25-27; Mark 10:42-45; Luke 22:24-26). Elders are not to lord it over God's heritage (1 Peter 5:1-5).
  • The Apostle Paul viewed his companions as fellow laborers in preaching the gospel (Philemon 1:1-2, 23-24). He did not distinguish himself from the rest of the body on grounds of being an apostle.

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