Ministers and Priests
Definition A: One that performs religious rituals, both of men and of God; unlike the priest God put before Israel to perform his rituals. These were God’s Priest; no other priest in Christianity or Judaism is from God. The Christian Churches engaging persons they refer to as priest have invented the priesthood of men. Jesus only refers to Christians as ‘Priest of God’ to be; for after their resurrection they will be priest of God. The priesthood which God himself put before men ended with Jesus: he established a everlasting priesthood – the priesthood of all his followers: The Christians. This the Holy Ghost confirms, through Paul.
Definition B: (a misnomer): The priesthood of men, designed by men, with rules and regulations pertaining to their church: like the assumed mediation between a Catholic priest and God, during the Catholic confessions to priests. That the latter is false is irrefutably proven by TI1 and the fact that research has revealed that about 40% of Catholic priest are child abusers. How could pedos, who can only be of the flesh, mediate between God and men?
A minister, like true Christians in any profession, even if preaching the Gospel next to their main jobs, is a disciple of Christ who has been called by Christ himself (John 15:16) “
… for ye have not chosen me but I have chosen you and ordained you before the foundation of the earth”. Not to only be a believer but, step out of the world, surrender his life to him, preach his word and do his work as did the Apostles. Now, these persons are called from among men of all sorts, and many were extremely evil; but Satan did not prevail over them (for they were chosen from the beginning) and they accepted the ‘Ministry of Jesus Christ‘ when they received the calling: and they proceed in the 12 commandments and the doctrine all their days. These are the ‘ Ministers in the Holy Church of Jesus Christ ‘. These are not bound to any worldly church but to Christ alone. In these you will not find the worldliness of the false ministeries, indulging in worldly lust and temptations.
In the Churches of men are to be found many of the congregation of Satan who, in the guise of Priest/Minister deceive many.
They are ‘The Priesthood of Satan‘. When those are known among us, we must proclaim them without fear; for Christians fear God, not men. Remember Jesus’ words: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the Gospel’s, the same shall save it. ” MAR 8:35
If the Priest/Minister is a member of a Church, then he will have other duties such as conducting weddings, and other religious ceremonies, to the procedures of that specific church. To learn the procedures of these ceremonies etc. requires training, and this conditioning is what is meant with ‘Training to become a Priest / Minister‘. This training is secondary to the study of the Gospel of Christ, which all ‘True Christians’ study and follow sincerely. When believers accept the Gospel and repent, they receive training from Christ: he shall teach them and reveal his self to them. No man can teach you to be a Christian but Christ.
1 Peter 2:5-9
Peter (petros): symbolically (for we are not stones, are we?): “You also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood (symbolic), to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood (symbolic), a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light”.
Here we read that all Christians who believe, repent and baptise into the church of Christ are of that symbolic Holy Priesthood referred to, and are equal. The Priesthood of Israel’ is dead; it died with the coming of Christ – to continue as the everlasting priesthood of the ‘Believers Elected’ to become Christians, Through Christ, Christianity’s High Priest.
Nowhere in the Bible can we find any such priesthood as that of the Catholics or like any Protestant churches of Nicolatian nature.
Living stones: Peter in Matthew 16: 13-19 was called ‘petros’ ( a stone ) by Christ, whom then proceeded to refer to himself, The Christ, as the rock he shall built his church on. You also, as living stones, he quotes, as: you also, like me.
A spiritual house: a house not of the flesh, of which are also desires for luxury goods etc., but of the spirit as is the Gospel.
Spiritual sacrifices: turn from fornication, do good to your neighbours, fasting, Breaking of bread/Eucharist etc.
Royal priesthood: (symbolically meant) the baptized Christian.
A Holy nation: All true Christians of the earth, to God, form a Holy Nation.
The Priesthood of Men:
A priesthood designed and crafted by men, not Christ; and so it can’t be found in the Bible. So, clearly, the so-called ministers in this priesthood are the ministers of men and their churches, not of Christ. They created the priesthood of the churches of men, with added nonsense, lies and deceptions, to serve the church of men and themselves; not the Church of Christ, from which holiness is obtained through faith, repentance, and baptism. They even demand academic qualifications, while all required to be a minister of Jesus is knowledge of the Gospel through reading and studying – and the calling by God alone.
The Symbolic Priesthood: we call this ‘the priesthood of all Christians’ today: The Universal Priesthood.
The old priesthood of God has been converted to the new priesthood of Jesus Christ, because God has decided to end it with the birth of Jesus. Here the name is used symbolically to refer to ‘Elected believers’ who did ‘Receive the Baptism’ (as I call it) when they completed the ritual.
1 Peter 2:5-9 from a letter written to the people that followed Christ.
Peter: “You also, as living stones (and, note: men are not stones), are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood (not actual priest as we know them, but true Christians), to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.
Clearly, the writer here uses a number of metaphors to refer to the ‘Christians’, something that was new to them. But this, next to other opportunities, was quickly grabbed by the criminals who shaped the churches for their own good. The Catholics were contorted the quote as if it were an ‘actual’ royal priesthood, plated in gold and vanity, such as we behold with the Catholic Papacy, placing priest above others, etc, that Paul was referring to: but there is no such thing in Christianity, which is the Christianity of Christ. For we are all one in Christ Jesus.
See also: Oridination
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