This is what Paul said about Jesus providing mature “ministers” of various types to serve the body of Christ:
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ”
However, in practice in the church today, I think the reality is more in line with the following from Jeff Weddle’s latest blog post.
“The Church has routinely made theology complex. We’re told the Bible is too hard for us to understand.
You would think the Church would get busy teaching people how to use the Bible. You would be wrong.
The Church wants you confused, because your confusion means their job security.”
The question I think we need to consider – is what can (and should) we do about it?
Below is a link to Jeff’s full article.
The US tax code is a mess. It’s one of the more complicated things on the planet, even more than DNA at this point.
Efforts to simplify the tax code have repeatedly been shot down. Leading the resistance are accountants!
The US legal code is increasingly complicated. Lawyers don’t seem to mind.
Professional investors want you to be confused by the markets and dividends and bonds and stocks. It’s too much, just give me your money and I’ll invest for you (for a fee).
Football rules are becoming more complicates. We can’t even tell what a catch is anymore. Outcomes of games are determined more and more by referees.
“Keep It Simple, Stupid” is one of those phrases you hear in life that makes sense, yet why do so many do the exact opposite?
The more complicated a thing becomes, the more people in authority get power. Confusion breeds dependency.
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