x126.......All Teachers/ Stuck in 4th Grade

12* For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13* For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14* But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 1* ¶ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2* Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3* And this will we do, if God permit. (Hebrews 5:112-14, 6:1-3)

When we read these verses in the Bible we see the apostle Paul exhorting a church--certainly a church which was only in existence for a few years---yet saying to them that by this time--they "all" should be teachers now.

This word "teachers" is the exact same Greek word "didaskolos" used as one of the 5 gifts or anointings of ministry. This must be referring to exactly the same gift of teaching that is spoken of in Ephesisns 4:11.

The apostle is telling them that all the people in the church should be able to perform this least of the ministry gifts by this time in their development as Christians. In the times of the Bible, there was meant to be a advancement of Christians--as rapidly as possible--to be able to do ministry--to be able to serve God.

Now in our churches today--many churches have taken the doctrine that it is the pastor who is the only one who is allowed to teach within the church. As we can clearly see this is not Biblical at all. One of the reasons that traditionally, churches have decided this is that in the king James Bible the word "some" is not used between the words "pastors and teachers"--so the concept of the "pastor-teacher" is made. But when we read this verse in Hebrews--how could this possibly be?--The assumption we have made is that pastors are the definitive leaders of the church--and they have all the right to do all the teaching within the church. If this was the case--then why would the apostle Paul be scolding this church that they are not "all teachers"?

The reality of the situation is that the concept of a "pastor/teacher comes from the tradition of the Roman church and their ideas of standardization of worship and doctrine---it also comes from the insecurity of people to trust one another and God the Holy Spirit (who is meant to be our teacher and leader). It is "safer"--more convenient--and less "dangerous" for us to have one person who is allowed to teach within the church--but it leaves God out--disobeys the Bible--and ignores the anointing to teach that is within many many Christians.

We glady follow after the traditions of the Medieval church. In those days, the "clergyman"--the priest of the local church, was usually one of the few people in the village who could read-(this is the archaic meaning of the word "cleric"--simply someone who knows how to read). The church organization of that day, strictly controlled the Bible. Only the approved minister of the church (the priest) was allowed to read the word, he read only and exactly what the hierarchy above him allowed (the same bible readings were read in all churches)--and he read the Bible in Latin--a langauge no one understood!! The powerful tradition of "one teacher" for the church originated 1700 years ago, when a Roman emperor (who believed himself to be the absolute "head" of the church) declared every Roman citizen a Christian. History records that the focus of the church changed, from apostleship, to formatted, tithe-collecting sabbath worship. Obviously, since everyone in the civilized world was a "christian" (by baptism as a baby) there was no need to preach the Gospel, and the main focus of the church became the teaching (and ruling!) of "all those christians".

The result if this idea of "pastor/teacher" is that pastors have to teach the entire congregation (another assumption we have made outside the Bible--teaching should be to individuals by individuals-or small groups at best)--usually a watered down message--something which will not be over the heads of the newer people---and yet hold the interest of the more mature Christians.

Unfortunately--this idea falls far short---and this is why most of us get bored in church--we are only seeing this one anointing--over and over again each week. In essence we are "stuck in 4th grade"--we are limited by what the pastor/teacher knows. It is like operating a school and saying we can only have one teacher which teaches one grade--say for example 4th grade is only what we will teach in our church.--Well it is obvious that if you had a kindergarten child it would do them no good to send them to 4th grade--and if you had a child who was ready for high school--they certainly would be bored and feel useless if all they could hear was 4th grade teaching! Perhaps this was why Christians "church-hop"--perhaps they get tired of being in the same grade all the time--and never graduating to become teachers themselves.