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WHERE DID THE PASTOR COME FROM???
Answer: NOT THE BIBLE!!!!
You can turn your Bible upside down, and shake it up and down and you really can’t find a
Did you know this?
Does anyone ever study this?
Or do we just sit quietly and accept things the way they have been handed to us?
The word “pastor”(singular) is not contained in the text of the King James Bible.
The word “pastors” is used once in the new testament.
Just these two bits of information make me want to ask a lot of questions-!
Paul is writing a letter a to a small group of Christians in Ephesus. He doesn’t address it to the pastor. Instead he talks about ministry gifts given by God to “every one of us”--and he uses “pastors” (plural-!). See Ephesians chapter 4.
What does it mean?
Can we be open-minded enough to ask questions about this subject?
Can we repent of our own particular “church experience” and look at the Word of God in purity and simplicity?
1 2 COVENANTS There are two covenants, two testaments, in the Bible.
Christians seem to have so much trouble differentiating between the two.
See if you agree with this simple overview explanation:
In the old covenant there are laws that are commandments (you know--”thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not murder, thou shalt not covet”--etc.) The new covenant reiterates many of these commandments. (see Romans 13:9) The purpose of this type law is to show us where we sin, or fall short of God’s perfection....
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” This knowledge was clearly understandable in the old covenant....
Proverbs 20:9 “Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin? ” The bad news about sin........
“For the wages of sin is death;.......” Romans 6:23A I deserve to die for my sin. This is the truthful conclusion that the commandment laws lead us to.
2 SIN = DEATH Sin equals death......unless......I can be forgiven some how!
The Bible says that if innocent blood would be shed on my behalf, God would accept this offering for my sin.
This is a truth in both the old and new covenants......
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
Hebrews 9:13-14 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an
heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
So, ifsomeone or something innocent would die in my place, God would accept this “offering” or payment for my sin.
Now, here is where the 2 covenants are different.
I hope you know the new covenant offering-!!
I hope you know who died for your sin-!!!
John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
Yes, every Christian ought to know that Jesus offering of His body and blood on The cross of Calvary is the new covenant offering for sin--an offering obtained by faith.
But why is Jesus called a “lamb”?
Because John the baptist was speaking to Israel, which was still operating in the old covenant. They knew what he meant when he called Jesus ”the lamb of God......” Do you?
Most Christians do not study old covenant sacrificial law. We may have some vague idea that Israel had to sacrifice animals in the old covenant days, but we rarely ever study how it all worked.
Why should we do this?
Well let’s look at this subject, it might sound familiar to us-!
What did Israel have to do in the old covenant (before Jesus went tot he cross) to have sin forgiven?
1. They built and maintained a big building.
They assembled in this big building (often on sabbath days) and it was called the “house of God” or the ‘sanctuary” because the presence of God contained in the ark of the covenant was hidden behind a thick veil in the temple.
2. They made offerings.
They brought these offerings (of animals and other crops) into the house of God. How much did God ask to be offered? “Tithe”. 1/10th of the increase of certain animals and crops in specific seasons.
3. They had a format that started with praise and worship.
When you entered the big building you first came to a gate called “praise” where you were required to praise God. Next came a gate called “worship”, where worship was required.
So, the format of sacrificial law demanded a repetitive meeting or assembling of Israel, in the house of God, which began with praise and worship.
4. They had a “congregational” meeting.
The word “congregation” is only found in the old covenant. The word simply means “a group”, but Biblically, it most often referred to the non-ministry tribes of Israel. It was the job of 11 of the tribes of Israel to work 6 days each week and bring the offering/tithe into the house of God.
This sounds familiar--I told you it would!
Whether we will admit it or not, these old covenant laws are the Biblical basis for many of the rules and functions and definitions we have in “Sunday church”.
Oh, we can couch these things in new covenant terms. For example we could call our meeting a “Christian assembly”--but how could it be when there are so many of these old covenant rules and functions? And don't’ we treat these concepts as if they are law? Don’t we do these things over and over and over again--as if they are a “requirement”, somehow?
So, what about the pastor?
Where is the pastor in this system?
He is the Levitical priest.
Altar Ministry Inside the temple, there was an altar.
On the altar was the “delegated, designated, anointed, appointed, ordained, authority, who had the sole right to minister in the temple, the Levitical priest.
Numbers 15:25 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto
the LORD, and their sin offering before the LORD, for their ignorance:
Ezekiel 45:19 And the priest shall take of the blood of the sin offering, and put it upon the posts of the house, and upon the four corners of the settle of the altar, and upon the posts of the gate of the inner court.
Hebrews 10:11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering
oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
(notice that in the old covenant, the blood was the sin offering, but when these actions are referred to in the new covenant in Hebrews, the point is made that a better offering has been made, one which can actually “take away” sins--that is the blood of Jesus--amen!)
There was one “priestly” tribe of Israel. The Levites were the only ones allowed to be ministers.
They had authority over the congregation of Israel.
They lived off part of the offering/tithe.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Whether we realize it or not, the basis for “Sunday church” and the basis for “pastoral authority” comes from the old covenant. Specifically from the sacrificial laws, the stuff that israel had to do, before Christ, in order to have their sin cleansed.
And that’s the whole point.
Jesus accomplished all this stuff with His death, resurrection and ascension.
He is the high priest of the new covenant.......
“Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10: 8-22)
THINGS ISRAEL HAD TO DO TO HAVE THEIR SIN FORGIVEN IN THE OLDCOVENANT......
1. They built and maintained a big building.
2. They made offerings/tithe.
3. They had a repetitive format that started with praise and worship.
4. They had a “congregational” meeting.
5. The priest/pastor was in authority.
If we looked carefully (and we will see some of this later) all of these definitions and functions are either done away with or redefined in the new covenant.
But let’s zero in on the pastor.
The thing that “pastoral ministry” most resembles Biblically is the Levitical priesthood.
The problem, the thing we ignore, is that the new testament says we are not supposed to function by this idea.....
Hebrews 7:12 “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.”
Hebrews 7:12 “For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.” Now why would this statement be in the Bible at all?
Is there no purpose to this statement and this area of scripture that is clearly defining the new covenant?
The new covenant has a different priesthood--the whole church.....
1Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who
hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father;
to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
In the new covenant all believers are called to a priesthood, a ministry,an equitable priesthood.
Brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Not an authoritarian ministry, since Jesus saaid “ministry” is NOT authority over other believers.......
“But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:” (Mark 10:42-43)
Well where did the pastor come from?
Look around for clues.
Look at some other churches.
Some of those older denominations.
How much do they resemble your church?
How much do they resemble and utilize your definitions and functions of “pastoral ministry”?
Let’s look at the oldest church, the catholic institution. Did you know that the catholic priest (here’s the link to the old covenant Levitical priest!) is called a ‘pastor”? The word “pastor” in the catholic church means ruler. The local bishops are called “pastors”.
One of the titles of the pope is “the only official and correct pastor of Christians”.
“Pastor” certainly means an awful lot to catholic folks!
In the catholic church, a “pastor” is a term used to describe a ruler in the hierarchy. And locally, the priest/pastor presides in authority over the local congregation.
He operates the local assembly/sanctuary/house of God.
The format of this meeting: praise and worship/pastoral teaching.
He collects and lives off the “offering” (note: catholics invented the “tithe” as the amount expected in the offering--they have only recently given up the practice.) By joining the church, one accepts a format in which the priest/pastor will be the sole teacher to you and your family. This format must be done repetitively--every Sunday--forever.
(remember the list from page 8-?!) The truth is that the “priest” of the catholic church is the “pastor” of the Protestant church.
Let’s open our eyes and be honest!
Oh, sure, your pastor doesn’t wear a long robe and collar (but doesn’t he still dress better than everyone else in church-?!) Doesn’t he still have all the authority of the catholic priest?
But the outward appearance is not what we are talking about--its’ the function. It’s the rules-the definitions--that we operate by repetitively---over and over and over and over and over again--as if these concepts are law, as if we really have to be a part of these things, in order to have our sin forgiven.