BUFF SCOTT, JR.
Looking At It From The
SPELLING IT OUT
Any principle or practice we introduce in our assemblies that either denies or interferes with the reciprocity of all believers, such as our “one another” exchanges or joint participation, as the scriptures define it, is a grave innovation.
We ought to be reminded that if a congregation can import a religious “celebrity” and pay him a big salary to do all or most of the public speaking, the same congregation can import another man and pay him a healthy salary to do all of the singing, and still another to do all of the praying. Well, you get the idea. The principle that allows one allows the others.
To state it more explicitly, if importing specialists to feed the flock is heaven’s way, all of our gifts can be performed by proxy.
As a result, all we need do is warm a pew and wait till heaven arrives. For, after all, we’re paying others to do our ministries. The universal biblical principle, found throughout, is that in the assembly of the saints, all gifts are to be shared mutually. The “hired hand” interferes with and disrupts this principle.
Do you suppose Paul had the professional minister or priest in mind when he told the Roman believers they were “able to instruct one another” [Rom. 15:14]
? Surely he was not referring to a one-man instructor! And was Paul coming off the wall with a lot of nonsense when he told the believers at Colosse they were to “teach and admonish one another” [Col. 3:16]
? The one-man admonisher was nowhere to be found. We have invented and devised a bogus function within the body of believers.
THE RULE IN EACH MEETING
In the early assemblies, there was a mutual exchange of praises, teaching, sharing, and singing. No one person did it all. The Thessalonians were told to “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” [1 Thess. 5:11].
When we substitute this “one another” arrangement with a counterfeit “strategy” like the bigwig Protestant Pastor or the “Fatherly” Catholic Priest, we are guilty of disrupting heaven’s blueprint for spiritual growth. It would be difficult to avoid this conclusion.
<><><> ENDNOTE— My hunch is that a few of you will not agree with a few of the precepts advocated here, but that will not, or at least should not, sever our relationship in Christ.—Buff.