Chinchecks for ChurchSpeak
There are certain titles and phrases in institutional church circles that need to die a quick and cruel death so that we can understand who we truly are in Jesus Christ and be fishers of men and women:
1. Clergy vs. Laity. Neither word is found in the Bible. Yet thanks to Constantine and later the scholasticism of the Middle Ages, a divide in the body of Christ was sealed. Clergy mania turns worship into a spectator’s event where the laity (or lazity) watch the “reverends” do all the kingdom work. Equally horrific, some “clergy” believe the hype and develop a greater awareness of their own presence than the Holy Spirit’s. After reading 1 Corinthians 12-14, the Pastoral Epistles (which I just began studying) as well as Ephesians 4, I see no biblical justification for the distinction.