June 23, 2010
Churchianity – The Clergy / Laity Lie
Today’s modern Church has lost its way in the Institutional System.
Over the centuries there has been an extra-biblical distinction made between the clergy, and the laity in many IC’s creating a caste system of elite high priests who sit at the front and rule over the “common” people.
There are no elevated positions over the flock in the ekklesia. We are all priests in the kingdom of God with Jesus Christ being our one and only High Priest. Each one in Christ has a spiritual gift used to the glory of God, for the edification of the saints, and the furthering of the Gospel, but the ICs of today have elevated certain spiritual gifts over others, in particular the gifts of leadership in pastors and elders.
It is time we really take a biblical look at this system we have created. One of its main motives includes the idea that the laity need a ruling elite class of clergy to exalt themselves over the flock of God. No where do you find this ideology in the scriptures. The people of God have a Good Shepherd in Christ, and while elders are valuable, they are considered sheep too as well as a novice in the faith who needs a shepherd.