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  1. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member

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    Scripture supports the priesthood of all believers. It does not mention a distinction between clergy and laity.
     
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    I am not part of any movement or denomination.
     
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    Your version of church is not found in the NT. All denominations are man made and will never rise above that. Only they will entropy over time.
     
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    They are frauds because scripture calls all believers priests. And there is no difference between clergy and laity in the NT.
     
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    Dave, how long should I wait for the name of a house church run by a fraud priest?
     
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    Acts and the rest of the epistles present house churches as common place. And all believers are priests. And clergy and laity are synonyms. So you are without scriptural support for any claim to denominationalism or institutional churches as being the NT model.
     
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    The historic Church has always had three levels of priests, and has always taught the priesthood of all believers. The distinction is found in function, not status. "Man of God" always refers to one who is ordained, or one who is called directly by God. Nowhere in scripture is "man of God" any layman.
     
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    But no scripture directly supports this.
     
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    That does not answer the question. Your charge of "fraud priests" is stupid ignorant bigotry and your running with this non-reply because you got caught in a lie. You have no history and no scripture to support this insult.
     
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    They are fraudulent because they usurp the priesthood of the believer. And they make and artificial division between clergy and laity. Which are synonyms.
     
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    Knock it off. Your paying games. You can't find "man of God" in scripture? First, the notion that every doctrine and practice must be explicitly found in scripture IS NOT IN SCRIPTURE! I'll deal with the sola scriptura farce later.

    "...Though many Protestant pastors apply St. Paul's words, "rightly divide the word of truth," to themselves, in fact, these words were written to St. Timothy specifically, not to the congregation in general. 2 Tim. 3:16-17 shows the relationship between the legitimate ambassador and Scripture:
    "All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

    There is the relationship: the Scriptures are a tool for "teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness," but who is to use this tool for these purposes? That is, who has the authority to teach, reproof, correct, and train others in righteousness? The "man of God" has this authority.
    But, who is the "man of God?" You may wish to claim this title for yourself as well, but a short survey of Scripture's use of the title will reveal that this, too, is a privileged title that cannot be simply taken upon oneself:

    Moses - "This is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death." (Deut. 33:1)

    "Then the people of Judah came to Joshua at Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite said to him, 'You know what the LORD said to Moses the man of God in Kadesh-barnea concerning you and me.'" (Josh. 14:6)

    The Angel of the Lord - "Then the woman came and told her husband, 'A man of God came to me, and his countenance was like the countenance of the angel of God, very terrible; I did not ask him whence he was, and he did not tell me his name...' Then Manoah entreated the LORD, and said, 'O, LORD, I pray thee, let the man of God whom thou didst send come again to us, and teach us what we are to do with the boy that will be born.'" (Jud. 13:6, 8)

    Samuel - "The servant answered Saul again, 'Here, I have with me the fourth part of a shekel of silver, and I will give it to the man of God, to tell us our way.'" (1 Sam. 9:8)

    Elijah - "And she said to Elijah, 'What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!'" (1 Kings 17:18)

    Elisha - "And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out... When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed." (2 Kings 4:21, 32)

    David - "According to the ordinance of David his father, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their offices of praise and ministry before the priests as the duty of each day required, and the gatekeepers in their divisions for the several gates; for so David the man of God had commanded." (2 Chr. 8:14)

    St. Timothy - "But as for you, man of God, shun all this; aim at righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness." (1 Tim. 6:11)
    Contrary to the opinion that the "man of God" can be any Christian without distinction, Scripture itself will not allow such an interpretation, insisting that the "man of God" is a figure of authority, either commissioned by God directly through Divine Intervention (such as Moses or the Angel), or appointed by another holder of authority (such as Samuel, David, Elisha, and St. Timothy).

    From this very brief survey of the phrase "man of God" (there are perhaps a dozen or so more passages, relating to the characters listed above - I have chosen representative verses), we see that what holds true for "pastors" holds true for the "man of God": it is a title of authority that can in no way be taken upon oneself, but rather, it is bestowed upon a man by a higher authority. A man must be called by God to hold this title of "man of God."

    But there is another objection here: you will say, "I have been called by God to be a pastor." Very well, let us take another look at Scripture to measure your claim.
    Biblically, there is only one way to become a legitimate ambassador of Christ, or "pastor": by appointment from a superior. This can be done in two ways: being commissioned by a legitimate ambassador (apostolic succession), or being called directly by God. We saw examples of this in Scripture already: Ss. Timothy and Titus were appointed to their positions of authority by succession, Moses was appointed to his position directly by God, with no human mediation.
    As to the first method, apostolic succession comes through the laying on of hands in ceremony: "Hence I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands... guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells within us." (2 Tim. 1:6, 14)
    When St. Paul imposed his hands on St. Timothy, he passed on a legitimate apostolic authority, "entrusted" the "truth" to him, and imparted the gift of "the Holy Spirit" for the safekeeping and preservation of the Gospel.

    As has already been said, only a superior can do this, and not an inferior, since an inferior cannot pass on what he does not already possess.
    By What Authority - A Challenge to Protestant Pastors
     
  12. Dave L

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    Scripture refutes everything you say.
     
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    You have invented a new religion. The priesthood usurps nothing. The three levels of priest has been explained to you, you are just too proud to be corrected. See BoL post #141.

    ...the three-fold model of the priesthood which was in use at the time of Aaron was carried over into the New Testament and thus we find there also a high priest, ministerial priests, and universal priests. In the New Testament age the high priest is Jesus Christ (Heb. 3:1), the ministerial priests are Christ’s ordained ministers of the gospel (Rom. 15:16), and the universal priests are the entire Christian people (1 Peter. 2:5, 9).

    So the Bible clearly states that all Christians are priests (1 Peter 2:5, 9), as the Catholic Church clearly teaches for all who bother to read its teachings, see Catechism of the Catholic Church 1141-4, 1268, 1305, 1535, 1547, 1591-2 on the common priesthood. But the Bible also said the same thing about the Israelites (Ex. 19:6), yet this did not prevent there from being a separate, ministerial priesthood even before the Law of Moses was given (Ex. 19:22, 24).​
    The Office of New Testament Priest – Jimmy Akin

    When I go to Mass, I exercise my common priesthood as a co-celebrant with the primary celebrant. We are participants, not spectators. Priesthood that usurps the common priesthood is just another stupid insult.
     
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    Translation: "I can't refute all those RELEVANT scriptures so I'll make a meaningless quip."
     
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    1141 The celebrating assembly is the community of the baptized who, "by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, are consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, that through all the works of Christian men they may offer spiritual sacrifices."9 This "common priesthood" is that of Christ the sole priest, in which all his members participate:10
    Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that full, conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy, and to which the Christian people, "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people," have a right and an obligation by reason of their Baptism.11

    Footnotes:
    9 LG 10; cf. 1 Pet 2:4-5.
    10 Cf. LG 10; 34; PO 2.
    11 SC 14; Cf. 1 Pet 2:9; 2:4-5.
    Catechism of the Catholic Church - PART 2 SECTION 1 CHAPTER 2 ARTICLE 1

    1268 The baptized have become "living stones" to be "built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood."74 By Baptism they share in the priesthood of Christ, in his prophetic and royal mission. They are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that [they] may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called [them] out of darkness into his marvelous light."75 Baptism gives a share in the common priesthood of all believers.

    Footnotes:
    74 1 Pet 2:5.
    75 1 Pet 2:9.
    Catechism of the Catholic Church - The sacrament of Baptism

    1304 Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.121

    1305 This "character" perfects the common priesthood of the faithful, received in Baptism, and "the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi Ex officio)."122

    Footnotes
    121 Cf. Council Of Trent (1547): DS 1609; Lk 24:48-49.
    122 St. Thomas Aquinas, STh III,72,5, ad 2.
    Catechism of the Catholic Church - The sacrament of Confirmation
    1547 The ministerial or hierarchical priesthood of bishops and priests, and the common priesthood of all the faithful participate, "each in its own proper way, in the one priesthood of Christ." While being "ordered one to another," they differ essentially.22 In what sense? While the common priesthood of the faithful is exercised by the unfolding of baptismal grace --a life of faith, hope, and charity, a life according to the Spirit--, the ministerial priesthood is at the service of the common priesthood. It is directed at the unfolding of the baptismal grace of all Christians. The ministerial priesthood is a means by which Christ unceasingly builds up and leads his Church. For this reason it is transmitted by its own sacrament, the sacrament of Holy Orders.
    Catechism of the Catholic Church - The sacrament of Holy Orders
    1591 The whole Church is a priestly people. Through Baptism all the faithful share in the priesthood of Christ. This participation is called the "common priesthood of the faithful." Based on this common priesthood and ordered to its service, there exists another participation in the mission of Christ: the ministry conferred by the sacrament of Holy Orders, where the task is to serve in the name and in the person of Christ the Head in the midst of the community.

    1592 The ministerial priesthood differs in essence from the common priesthood of the faithful because it confers a sacred power for the service of the faithful. The ordained ministers exercise their service for the People of God by teaching (munus docendi), divine worship (munus liturgicum) and pastoral governance (munus regendi).
    Catechism of the Catholic Church - The sacrament of Holy Orders
     
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    I can't force you to believe the truth, so I present it for all to read.
     
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    The visible institutional and denominational churches are man made. The do not originate in the NT.
     
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    You add to scripture if you cannot support your claims from scripture. Serious error.
     
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    And NOWHERE does this even IMPLY that the Ten Commandments would be abolished or replaced.

    How about you stop lying and try being honest for change??
     
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    The Ten Commandments were the Old Covenant. Jeremiah says the New Covenant replaced them.
     
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