You want some truth? Most of what is typically done in a Sunday morning “church service” is a violation of the very scriptures these churches actually claim to love.
The institution of the “clergy” system has grown to become a ginormous business. There are many gifts in the Body of Christ. She (The Bride) is a many membered person (Christ) with arms, legs, eyes, hands, feet, and ears. Nowhere in the New Testament is there any scrap of evidence that the pastor is to be the one person in charge of ministry, nor is there any evidence that states anything about a pulpit and pews (seats). Instead, it should be filled to the brim with mutual sharing and building up.
Not every “clergy” person takes the New Testament seriously, but those who do need to lead the way by personal example to a must needed ultimate paradigm shift. This would better reflect the New Testament revelation of church life. People who withdraw from the traditional “clergy” model out of faithfulness to Christ, unfortunately will have a heavy price to pay. It was hard for me to leave the church system and I did not even get paid.
The New Testament is full of the phrase “one another”. I believe there are 58 “one anothers” if I counted right 🙂 . It is also chock full of examples of mutual edification and sharing. Especially if one reads 1 Corinthians 11-14. Read this and compare it with the modern tradition of one man (or one woman) as the center and spiritual “head” of the church. (You will start to feel your nose run with allergies). These accounts in Scripture should challenge the very use of pulpit/pew and clergy/laity systems that are used today. .
The New Testament should challenge the pastoral role, but it also should challenge and examine how churches should function, and how they should “one-another”. The early church was a place of mutual submission, and edification, not submission to the pastor or elders, or edified-by-one during a sermon each Sunday.
Bringing much more needed attention to the unbiblical role of pastor, as it is used today, may be the impetus to implode the infrastructure of institutional churches. This, I feel, would allow Christ to work in our assemblies as we have never seen before. This way others will actually see Him and not the celebrity pastor up on stage.
Too many players (and gifts) are sidelined. They are a bunch of bench warmers (or pew warmers) (or nice cushioned seat warmers). Get off the bench (or out of the seat), stop going to the show, and get into the game. Stop having the “star” player dictate from the pulpit. Do not get me wrong, I am not against the person, I am against the role they play. I say oust the pastor in his current role, can no one else smell the BS going on here?