The Pastor – Chapter 5, Four NT Words Misused

Note from the author:  Sola

I closed the previous chapter by saying that the widespread corruption of the New Testament system of church care and government has come about, in part at least, because believers have taken four New Testament words and changed – warped – their meaning. The words in question are pastor, minister, clergy and ordain. I realise several other words have been contaminated beyond recognition – ‘bishop’ among them – but I am trying to get to the root of the problem as it exists among Reformed and evangelical churches – dissenters in the main; in other words, nonepiscopalians. ‘Bishop’ does not seem to be a problem in such churches. But ‘pastor’, ‘minister’, ‘clergy ’ and ‘ordain’ are.

Chapter 5 is found here:

Chapter 4 is here:

6 thoughts on “The Pastor – Chapter 5, Four NT Words Misused

  1. I have heard pastors say that being a pastor is what they do not what they are. They see it as a job or a career that they call themselves to. They call themselves to CHURCH HOP from pulpit to pulpit while scolding the laity for church hopping.
    No Apostle no my knowledge saw such a distinction concerning themselves. Did Paul ever say, “being an Apostle is what I do not what I am”? to take this to extreme absurdity I could foolishly say that being a Christian is not who I am but what I do.
    This foolish and dangerous double speak distinction is simply not scriptural. The irony of a head pastor whose position is unscriptural insisting that official church membership is scriptural.


  2. T.I Miller – there are, indeed, many professional “pastors” who see that as job ladder rather than a position from which they serve God’s people and Him. They will answer for their actions.


  3. concerning 4 misused words
    Irrespective of why they have changed over time NT words meanings have indeed changed.
    It is important to not to play the replacement game if we want to understand scripture as it was written at that time.
    it seems also to be that the modern church, even the reformed, have adopted Rome’s word definition corruptions. In scripture under the old Temple covenant laws there was a layered authority required. This is not taught in this covenant. There appears to be no biblical basis for a top or senior elder or Pastor. Like rebellious Israel under Samuel, we have no need for a King pastor. Christ alone is our King the only head of the church. Unlike Rome we should not lust for power and position and praise. Churches ought not be employment agencies for professional, protestant priests. Elders, plural mutually and equally serve guide and teach the flock. Minister is an action of selfless service done by everyone to one another, it is not a job title.
    How can we all live like a kingdom of priests when we make unbiblical distinctions between laity and Clergy.

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  4. T.I. Miller – I am violent agreement with you on this. “Senior Pastor” and “Dr. Jones” etc. make me want to puke. Titles and other practices that set up one or a few men as higher authorities war against the Scripture and end up serving as priests.


  5. This passage just hit me right between my eyes. 1 Cor. 14:37 If anyone thinks that he is a prophet OR SPIRITUAL let him clearly know the things which I write to you is a command of the Lord.
    38 If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.
    Chapter 14 is the caboose to chapters 11-13. Paul explains the diverse spiritual gifts of the one body. He explains how they all must be exercised with love for body. Chapter 14: 26 is where Paul exhorts the body concerning proper application, with decency and order, when we assemble together. Paul is speaking a command from Jesus. The body of Christ is to reject anyone who rejects this command.


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