God needs men who will say what he wants them to say, whose livelihoods
do NOT depend on what they may preach or who they may offend.
Fifth, clergy are controlled. A candidate for the
clergy must win the recommendations of existing clergymen or he won’t be accepted to seminary.
Then, when he graduates, he must obtain the recommendations of the seminary staff or
he won’t get hired for a preaching job.
to a considerable extent they must kiss a lot of behinds to get their preaching jobs. This means considerable
control by the “system”.
If any of them dared to say what CI Scofield
said about the true meaning of the “Nicolaitanes,” can anyone seriously imagine that man would ever get a
Sixth, there are so many excellent “helps”
on the Internet, or world wide web, that any so called layman can run circles around most preachers.
A preacher’s time is so maxed out by regular duties, he does not have the time
many so-called laymen have.
times I simply go on the Web, “Goggle” my question, and quickly come up with excellent articles by
motivated intelligent folks.
I “Goggled” “Scofield” and
“Nicolaitanes” and found tons of stuff in an instant.
Seventh, few clergy have the scientific, mathematical expertise to understand the physical
world. God’s answer to Job was four chapters of “creation science.”
Psalm 19 shows God’s deliberate, complimentary, revelations in Nature and
It’s like jury duty. Jurors must carefully
compare testimony, AND, physical facts.
On Mar’s hill Paul does NOT use Scripture on the “unchurched”
Athenians. He correctly uses a simple creation argument.
In the book of Romans 1: 15-25 Paul starts his preaching of the Gospel, with creation.
He says in verse 20:
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Laymen can bring a a lot of depth and breadth of expertise to teaching ministry.
Creation of this physical world is the first interface between
God and the natural man.
That is why Paul, in
Romans1 starts there, in preaching the gospel to the Romans.
Pastors have been bamboozled
by evolution and college “experts,” and have very very wrongly assumed they don’t need expertise in math
God reveals himself, in BOTH
Nature and the Bible and these two must be put together, as a juror must do, to reach a verdict.
Eighth, the very nature of Christianity is an organism
-- Christ’s body -- NOT an organization.
Although I had heard this around Christian circles, it didn’t hit home until I
took a graduate business course in Systems Management.
There they likened optimal
business management to the human body.
went on in my head.
Ah – Christ choose,
ye rather, he invented the optimal management system for the Church, -- his body.
This business approach has been impossible until
the advent of modern computers, because every facet of the system must be optimally managed and carefully coordinated.
The body well explains aspects of Church operation.
My fingers take orders, not from my hand, but from my head. The head may operate them
together or separately. The head controls every facet.
Here we see forcefully, why, in perfect systems management, the head, (Jesus Christ) wants individual control
of each “cell of his body.”
For me, this helped explain the obscure verse in 1 Corinthians 15:29:
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all?
why are they then baptized for the dead?
We Christians a living cells in Christ’s body. When we die, we
must be replaced by new cells to take our place, in Christ's body, just the same as would happen in the human body.
But, the body (the true Church) keeps on living in this world. We each want full control
of our bodies. We don’t want a leg in a cast, or any other restrictions. We would
We don’t want to be hamstrung.
Again, we see why Christ hates the doctrine and deeds of the Nicolaitanes.
again, Nature and Scripture fit together, absolutely most intentionally. The human body is deliberately
analogous to Christ’s body.
Christ, the Head, wants unrestricted use
of his body members.
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.
And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come.
And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
He which testifieth
these things saith, Surely I come quickly.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus.