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The Reality of our Clergy System

by Robert J. Young
©, 2003, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

We are at a moment in history of unparalleled opportunity in the world...perhaps a second fullness of time...the spread of gospel is at times and in certain places unbelievable. Are we ready? Will we, like the foolish maidens of Jesus' parable, find ourselves running for oil? What is required to be prepared?

Some say we need new and better methods of interpreting the Bible. Others seek to "free the women." Some would revitalize worship, others would forge closer alliances with the denominations in systems already shown to be bankrupt and powerless. Some question the value of restoration. Still others have some new area of emphasis or focus which will provide us the long-awaited panacea--groups, families, youth--the list seems almost endless.

A more glaring problem than any of these exists in plain view. Even while decrying a "pastor" system, we have developed a clergy-laity system that has narrowly focused the work of the church. It is urgent that we diversify. It is imperative that we return to the concept of a fully functioning church as taught in the New Testament. It is mandatory that the body concept of 1 Corinthians 12 be taught, with each member doing its part in the work of the body.

Consider the contrast between the reality and the biblical ideal.

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