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Bible References are from the King James Version unless otherwise indicated. The "Priesthood of all Believers" Copyright 2016 by Robert R. Bobbitt. Unauthorized use or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Robert R. Bobbitt is strictly 1 Paul's Key to Witnessing: Common Ground 1 Corinthians 9:20-23: 20 And unto the Jews, I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; To them that are under the law, as under the law,
that I might gain them that are under the law; 2 Paul's Key to Witnessing: Common Ground 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak; I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Pauls Rationale: And this I do for the gospels sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
1 Corinthians 9:20-23 3 EVANGELICALS (USED TO BE CALLED FUNDAMENTALISTS) 1. Man is saved by grace through FAITH ALONE. 2. The Bible is the INFALLIBLE word of God (original autographs) and the ONLY word of God. 3. The priesthood of all believersREPLACED the Old Testament ministerial priesthood (i.e., Aaronic priesthood) at the cross.
Evangelical Christians frequently exhibit a missionary zeal! This is not a denomination! 4 THE FOUR SOLAS (SALVATION) 1. CHRIST ALONE (sola Christos) NOT human merit. 2. GRACE ALONE (sola gratia) NOT our power. 3. FAITH ALONE (sola fid) NOT of works. 4. BIBLE ALONE (sola Scriptura) NOT holy tradition. 5
Evangelical Growth This is a ratio of Christians and evangelical Christians to the world population over a period of centuries: 100 AD: One Christian to 360 non-Christians in the world. 1000 AD: One Christian to 220 non-Christians in the world. 1900 AD: One evangelical Christian to 27 non-evangelicals in the world. 1989 AD: One evangelical Christian to 7 non-evangelicals in the world.
This is a map at texasbatptists.org showing coordinators who will help you start a new Baptist Church in six different areas of Texas. 6 A "PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS" REPLACED THE MINISTERIAL PRIESTHOOD AT THE CROSS 7
Priesthood of all Believers EVANGELICAL VIEW "Priesthood of All Believers" Evangelicals say a "priesthood of all believers" is empowered to perform holy ordinances: "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 . . . But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."
1 Peter 2:5 & 9 8 Priesthod of all Believers EVANGELICAL VIEW "One Mediator = No Need for Priesthood" Evangelicals say that there is no need for a mediator (priesthood) between God and man besides Jesus: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 9
Priesthood of all Believers EVANGELICAL VIEW Priesthood Orders and High Priests Office "For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law." Hebrews 7:12 Restoration response: Yes, there was a change in the nature and duties of priesthood at the cross. But that does not mean that priesthood ended. 10 Priesthood of all Believers EVANGELICAL VIEW
Priesthood Orders and High Priests Office "But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable [aparabatos] priesthood." Hebrews 7:24 Restoration response: "Aparabatos is used of the priesthood of Christ, in Heb. 7:24, 'unchangeable,' 'unalterable, inviolable,' RV, marg. (a meaning found in the papyri); the more literal meaning in KJV and RV margins, 'that doth not pass from one to another,' is not to be preferred. This active meaning is not only untenable, and contrary to the constant usage of the word, but does not adequately fit with either the preceding or the succeeding context." Vine's Expository Dictionary Thomas Nelson Publishers Camden, NY, 1984, p. 649
11 Priesthood of all Believers BOBS EXPERIENCE United Methodist Church (Not Evangelical) I spoke to a lady who was a minister for the United Methodist Church (not considered a cult) in Montana. Contrary to most evangelicals, she said that ministers in the United Methodist Church have responsibility for three areas that normal members are not allowed to administer: Word (preaching function) Sacrament (administering the holy ordinances) Order (administrative governance)
Conclusion: Even though United Methodists are not evangelical, they are not a "cult." Believing that there are functions exclusive to the ministry does not constitute a cult. 12 Priesthood of all Believers BOBS EXPERIENCE Presbyterian Church (Not Evangelical) I asked a theologian at "First Pres" in Bellevue, WA What's a Presbyterian? She said that each local Presbyterian church chooses its minister rather
than having them assigned by a central governing body as the Lutherans, Episcopalians and Methodists do. They have elders and deacons. I asked if there were duties that only a minister could perform. She replied that administering communion would be an exclusive duty of a minister. I asked if they were evangelical, and she said they try to appeal to various audiences (In other words, No.") 13 Priesthod of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Priesthood of All Believers & Ministerial Priesthood Even though we would not call it that, the Restoration would affirm a holy and sacred calling to the office of member with special
responsibilities (see Romans 12, Mosiah 2, D&C 11:4,17:18c). However, the Restoration differs on two points: 1.the priesthood of all believers can exist simultaneously with ministerial priesthoods; and 2.the priesthood of all believers is not called to perform holy ordinances. 14 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Priesthood of All Believers & Ministerial Priesthood Acts 7:37 (KJV) tells us that Gods church existed under Moses:
This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us. 15 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Priesthood of All Believers & Ministerial Priesthood Exodus 19:6 tells us that God called a priesthood of all believers in the Old Testament Church (prior to ordaining Aaronic priesthood in Exodus 28) just as he did in the New Testament Church (1 Peter 2:5 & 9):
And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. Why say this when the high priest Jethro was already with them (Exodus 3:1)? Who were the priests in Exodus 19:24? 16 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW The Old Testament Church Knew of Christs Gospel
"Search the scriptures [the Old Testament]; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me....." "For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" John 5:39 & 46 17 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW The Old Testament Church Knew of Christs Gospel "Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our
fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 18 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Called of God as was Aaron "And no man taketh this honour [ministerial calling] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." Hebrews 5:4
19 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW How was Aaron called? In Exodus 28:1, there were five things that occurred as part of Aarons calling to ministry: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
God was speaking Through one in authority God named a specific candidate From among the children of Israel Indicated a specific office 20 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Calling and Ordaining John 15:16 in KJV: "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you . . ." (appear more like two separate things)
John 15:16 in NIV: "You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you . . ." (no distinction: choose, appoint, ordain) 21 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Calling and Ordaining (Acts 13:1-3) 1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said,
Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them they sent them away. Note: We call this "ordination" to an office with specific functions. Evangelicals call this "infilling" for service, which can happen multiple times in your life, more like what we would call "endowment." 22 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Minister of Christ Romans 15 in KJV: 15 "Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto
you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God." 16 "That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost." 23 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Minister of Christ Priesthood Romans 15 in NIV: 15 I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of
them again, because of the grace God gave me 16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. What is that priestly duty? Where there is a "priest," there is "priesthood." 24 Priesthood of all Believers
RESTORATION VIEW Minister of Christ Priestly Duty Read D & C 17 for a list of duties that are exclusive to ministerial priesthood. 25 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Korahs Rebellion Korah's Rebellion refers to a revolt in Moses' time in which 250 famous leaders among the priesthood of all believers attempted to replace the ministerial
priesthood that God had called. 26 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Korahs Rebellion "And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown. And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. Wherefore then lift
ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?" Numbers 16:2-3 (The very same argument that evangelicals use today) 27 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Korahs Rebellion These men failed to see divinely-appointed authority as a source of direction for their lives (Deuteronomy 17:12-13). They
became proud and wanted to assume authority that was not theirs (2 Chronicles 26:16-21 Uzziah tried to usurp priests duty and got leprosy). They did not want to wait on the Lord to call them as Aaron did (Hebrews 5:4; Exodus 28:1). 28 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Korahs Rebellion Much like today, they usurped the authority of God's ministers by calling themselves to minister. How did
God respond to their demand that all believers administer holy ordinances? All 250 were swallowed by the earth, and 14,700 of their supporters were stricken by a plague (Numbers 16:31-50). 29 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Korahs Rebellion in New Testament Church In Jude, the NIV Bible talks about what happened in the NT Church: v. 4 godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality . . . v. 10 Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning
animals these are the very things that destroy them. v. 11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaams error; they have been destroyed in Korahs rebellion. (This is missed in the IV and KJV which say Cores rebellion.) 30 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Rushing for Profit into Balaam's Error Roger Williams said: "He who haggles over his wages, who bargains for his keep, who makes the cure of Souls, and the charge of men's eternal welfare, a trade, a maintenance, and living was never sent of God to be a laborer in his vineyard,
Like servants hired by the year, today's clergy leave one parish for another the minute they hear offers of more Ease and better Wages." (Liberty of Conscience: Roger Williams in America, Edwin S. Gaustad, Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1991, page 93) 31 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW The Need for a Preacher "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall
they hear without a preacher?" Romans 10:13-14 32 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Not Everyone is an Apostle, Prophet or Teacher "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?" 1
Corinthians 12:28-29 (Mentions offices, not orders of priesthood) 33 Priesthood of all Believers RESTORATION VIEW Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors & Teachers "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some,
evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-13 (Mentions offices, not orders of priesthood) 34
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