x522.....Ordaining people--for the leaders?


1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
(Acts 6:1-7, KJV).

This is one of the chief areas of the Bible that has been interpreted to the max!

From these verses, incredible church doctrine and the rights rulership and authority is presumed. Supposedly, this is the area of the bible which says that leadership has the God-given right to rule--exercise authority---specifically in the area of "appointing" people who are "under" them to positions of honor and ministry within the church.

The idea is that the "God-appointed" church rulership has the right to give menial jobs to other people in the church--people who are trusted and experienced in the church--to do the menial labor--so that the leadership can concentrate on the ministry of the word. These people are of course well-experienced people who are in the church already and can be trusted and have "worked there way up" in the church "seniority" system.

Now, if we take these verses in context, there are a whole bunch of problems with the ideas that have been "stretched out" by tradition when taken out-of-context. One in particular is that people "work their way up" through the church and are approved by the leaders. (if we look closely we will notice that it is the "people" who choose the 7--not the 12 apostles..."Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you"---The apostles ask the people to choose these leaders--the apostles don't do it alone! (and as always--a "pastor with authority" is no where to be seen in the Bible--but of course this position is everything to us in our churches today---right? hint: it all comes from the Roman empire/catholic church hierarchy and authority of the "priest")

Next lets notice that one of the men chosen is a fellow named Nicolas--who is desribed as..."a proselyte of Antioch:"

what's a proselyte?

proselutos {pros-ay'-loo-tos} adj

---- proselyte 4; 4

1) a newcomer
1a) a stranger, alien
2) a proselyte
2a) one who has come over from a Gentile religion to Judaism

Nicolas is specifically described as a newcomer!--he was a new Christian--he wasn't someone who was "tested and proved" someone who had been serving in the church for a long time and worked his way up through the system--he was a new guy--but still recognized that he had ministry (service) in him.

People praying, and getting jobs to do from God was common in the church at that time--and the word could come from anyone---not just the leaders---because in the church in the Bible, God had all the authority---! The people in the church were truly brothers and sisters--and Jesus was truly Lord--the Head of the church!