In the post, Art responds to this question that I asked in my post “In the NT there is no distinction between clergy and laity“: “What would it take for churches and Christians today to move towards this way (all believers serving, not just some) of life in Christ?”
Art’s answer is quite complete. So, I invite you to read the whole thing. However, I want to highlight the start of his post:
It is VERY hard to divorce from our heads all that we â€œknowâ€ about the church already from experiencing what we have grown up with, and to NOT read into the scriptures reinforcement for these (mis)understandings by twisting scripture, pulling single verses completely out of context, etc.
Think about that just a moment. Whatever your current understanding of the church might be, when you read Scripture, you will naturally read that understanding into what you are reading. This is true for everyone. We all read Scripture (and anything else) with bias.
Let me say that again: We all read Scripture with bias.
Trying to remove that bias is very difficult. However, it is beneficial to begin by recognizing your own bias before critiquing someone else’s bias.
Just something to think about…
(By the way, I like what Art has to say in his blog post. But, then, I’m biased.)