HEAD OF THE CHURCH
1. Is it in the Bible?
Eph 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
2. What do we believe it means?
The pastor is the head of the local church. He is head, you are part of the body of the local church.
3. What does it really mean?
Looking at the Bible verse that mention "head of the church" pretty much debunks this blasphemous myth. It is quite obvious that the one and only Head of all believers is Jesus Christ.....
1Ti 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
1Co 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
Why then do some very good Christian ministers believer God has made them a "head" in some way?
Again, the answer lies in our traditional authoritarian format and definition of Christian "ministry". The format of church gives one person tremendous authority over other believers and makes someone a "head".
Studying catholicism can be helpful in understanding where this myth comes from. It is a catholic doctrine that the priest of the local church is a "type of Christ" to the people in the church. The priest is the head--the people are the body. It 'fits' catholic ideology. it fits the catholic concept of hierarchy and rule. it's basis is Roman empirical government--definitely NOT the Bible!
But since the protestant church adopted the catholic format for meeting (and sticks to it like glue!) the idea that the pastor is the head of the local assembly "fits' our experience.