x459.....The One Man Who REALLY Understands the Bible
If we study church history, we will find that hundreds of years ago, the organization which called itself the church "owned" the Bible. For over 1,000 years (from about 300 AD to about 1500 AD) the organization which called itself the "universal church" taught and enforced the idea that they were the only people who could read and teach from the word of God. They literally "owned" the Bible.
The word "clergy" or "cleric" has come to us by tradition with the meaning of "someone who is ordained as a Christian minister" as opposed to the "lay people". But he word (according to Websters dictionary) has an archaic meaning of a "clerk"---which was someone who could read---a person who was literate--in an age whne most were illiterate. The concept of "clergy" comes to us from a time when in most cases, only the priest of the church could read within the village. From a time when church law only allowed the priest of the local church to read the word of God, a word which was carefully chosen by hierarchal leadership and read in Latin--a little understood language for the common folk!
They controlled the Bible very strictly. They kept it hidden from the view of the majority of people. They kept it translated in Latin, a language which was not spoken by the common people, but was for the most part a special "church language" since it had long been outdated in the world.
This church propagated the idea and operated the church on the idea that there were only certain chosen specific people who had the authority to teach from the Bible. These men had to be educated and instructed and approved by the church hierarchy, before they were allowed to teach the Bible--and even then, they were not allowed to teach the Bible freely as they were lead, but they had to follow the teaching that was handed down to them from the hierarchy above them.
So, a common person only heard the word of God--in a language they did not understand--once a week on Sundays--in church, from a man who was chosen by the church hierarchy. It was well known and understood that he was the only person who "really" understood the Bible--(this was literally true since he taught the Bible in Latin--a language which none of the people understood!)
But, wait a minute--doesn't this tradition still exist in our churches today? Don't we still believe to some degree that the leader of the church--the pastor--is the man who "really" understands the Bible?
The format of our church services--which has in essence remained the same as it was in those dark ages--still spends most of the time we have together, listening to the one man who "really" understand the Bible. We still sit every Sunday, as if he is the one person who can teach and instruct from the Bible. We still sit for a good part of our precious time together, listening to the teaching of one person, whom we still believe to a large degree--is the person who "really" understands the Bible.
To a large degree many Christians are taught or feel that "only the pastor" should teach them.--(of course the Bible says that Christ is the Head of the church--yipes does anyone take that as true?) But most importantly, since we still follow the format of those days--since the the "church service" has remained the same all these years, we are in effect still "venerating" the leadership and we still believe in and operate by the tradition of all those years ago. The Bible itself tells us that "everyone" has the right to teach doctrine in the church--everyone has the right to prophecy within he church (1Corinthians 14:26--for example). But we still spend so much of our time together listening to the person who we still believe is the only one who has the right to teach and instruction the word of God in the church.
The Bible is no longer in Latin only and most of us know how to read. All of us know how to prophecy--(to prophecy simply means to speak!). All of us have the right from the Bible to teach the Bible and speak the word of God in some way. Yet we still are clinging to a dark ages tradition which came from a very disobedient church which was totally interested in controlling the people and limiting the knowledge which the Bible really spoke of.
Maybe this is why you are so bored in church?
Year after year and we never change. We believe that our disobedience is righteousness-the worse position for Christians to be in. WE still cling mindlessly to this tradition--we still believe "the pastor has to feed us the word" something which simply is not in the Bible. (Now of course when anyone teaches us the Bible it will benefit us--but it is NOT the authority of the person which benefits us--it is the word of God which comes through any of us which will benefit--the problem is that we are believing it is some "magical" thing that the pastor has--but it is really just the word of God which is taught which helps us. Certainly we need to be instructed as Christians--but the Bible tell us that this can come directly from God Himself, through any other believer, from any of our brothers and sisters in Christ. There is no special designation of authority and there is no Biblical concept that supports us spending so much of our time repetitively listening to the same person teach us. The Bible has been translated so we all can understand it--it is no longer just in Latin--and we do not or at least we should not have a hierarchy of authority over us which delegates the word to us--and there simply is no need for us to be repetitively instructed--as the central function of the church.
The central function of the church is to carry out Jesus ministry in the earth--to preach the Gospel in the world--to pray for the sick--- to being deliverance--to feed the poor---and to release others to freely serve God in the same way. (see Luke 4:18---please!)
"Pastor" teaching us every week--a dark ages tradition--which we still follow after.
God says its a myth; and that it is time for a change.