A SYMPTOM OF THE APOSTATE CHURCH
Of all the tokens that point to an apostate church, I view the kingly clergy at the top of the list. Their function did not surface until centuries after Jesus and His special envoys, the apostles, introduced the new order. This cancer within the body of believers developed during the period when Roman Catholicism was blooming to stardom. The Protestant movement, following Martin Luther’s break-off from the “Holy See,” appropriated and utilized it.
Men of this class are considered to be of special rank. They expect to be listened to while behind the pulpit and saluted in the vestibule. They perform the major part of teaching, preaching, exhorting, admonishing, edifying, comforting, praying, visiting, showing compassion, and exhibiting concern. They organize meetings, programs, projects, conferences, and are usually on duty when problems arise or the “enemy” approaches.
It would be religiously unethical to view these men as the “usual run of the mill,” for they rank above commoners and pew-sitters. They are “men of nobility” who expect to be referred to as either the Preacher, the Priest, the Minister, the Pastor, the “Reverend,” the “Defender of the Faith,” the “Doctor”—or all of them fused together. Their “hallowed” functions are foreign to the primitive order and counter to heaven’s wishes. Some of them dress like Mother but want to be called “Father!”
We clearly go astray when we elevate one believer above other believers. The Apostle James makes it plain that when we show favoritism, make distinctions between one another, we discriminate among ourselves [James 2:1-9].