Saturday, February 18, 2017

Addressing The Unbiblical Clergy And Laity Distinction

  • Professing Christian groups such as the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Lutheran churches 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 different classes, that is, the minister and layman. 
  • Jesus Christ Himself admonished against the use of religious titles that would case divisions among Christians (Matthew 23:5-12).
  • Many Scripture passages emphasize the brotherhood of the disciples of Christ and humility required of every Christian as they occupy their spiritual blessing or vocations to enrich the health of the church (i.e. 1 Corinthians 12-14; Romans 12; much of Ephesians). Furthermore, all believers are "priests" according to the New Covenant (1 Peter 2:4-9; Revelation 1:5-6; 5:10). 
  • Jesus instructed us to not be like the rulers of the world (Matthew 20:25-27; Mark 10:42-45; Luke 22:24-26). This would also condemn lording it over God's heritage (1 Peter 5:1-5).

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