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Why We Do Not Have Clergy The Clergy Concept Clergy – cleric, clerk; “allotment” And they gave forth their lots (kleros); and the lot (kleros) fell.

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5 The Clergy Concept Clergy – cleric, clerk; “allotment” And they gave forth their lots (kleros); and the lot (kleros) fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. Acts 1:26

6 The Selected Few Clergy have been uniquely chosen by God Westminster Seminary lists 10 ways to be called

7 The Selected Few Called to be: Pastors Reverends Priests/Fathers Parsons/Preachers

8 The Selected Few “Pastor Bob” “Father Jack” “Reverend Jon” “Bishop Bill”

9 The Selected Few “Pastor Bob” – Eph. 4 “Father Jack” – I Cor. 4 (?) “Reverend Jon” “Bishop Bill” – I Tim. 3

10 A Milder Version The Seminary system establishes ordination Seminary – Seed It begins by thinking there are “vectors” Preacher schools Youth Ministers, Sr. Ministers, etc.

11 A EVEN Milder Version The Seminary system establishes ordination Seminary – Seed It begins by thinking there are “vectors” For preachers or elders, etc Schools, internships, etc

12 What’s the Big Deal? Jesus HATED titles such as these Matthew 23:5-12 He hated the idea and the mind behind it Matthew 20:25-27

13 What’s the Big Deal? We all have equal share of the Spirit 2 Timothy 3:16-17 We are all called in a like manner John 6:44-4 Clergy systems divide us by understanding

14 What’s the Big Deal? The Word of God is the only seminary Luke 8:11 “The seed is the word of God.” The Word calls men: As elders, deacons, preachers BY QUALIFICATIONS

15 What’s the Big Deal? God does not select favorites ….whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man…... Galatians 2:6

16 What’s the Big Deal? God does not select favorites Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality” Acts 10:4

17 What’s the Big Deal? At the heart of clergy – esteem People want to be honored At the heart of clergy – sense of ease People want a preacher, not a person At the heart of clergy – fitting in

18 What’s the Big Deal? Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, "No, but we will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.“ 1 Samuel 8:19-20

19 Why We Don’t Have Clergy Jesus hates clergy systems Clergy systems are by nature divisive Clergy systems deny the power of God Clergy systems call God biased Clergy systems are born of worldliness

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