Saturday, July 31, 2010

Driver: the cart and the horse

Saturday, July 31, 2010
    Commemoration of Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556
    We [Paul and Silas] loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
    —1 Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)
    Priestcraft ... is fostered whenever and wherever the ... whole people of God begins to view the ordained ministry as an office rather than as a function, and allows the office to shape the function rather than the function to shape the office. Most churches and most Christians in Britain—the denomination is immaterial—conceive the ministry as a professionalized caste with its own exclusive tabus, rather than as a specially trained task force, working to professional standards simply in order to make its service more effective. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... Christopher Driver (1932-1997), A Future for the Free Churches?, London: SCM Press, 1962, p. 100 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your bind Your people together by love.
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Blogger E.W. Rodgers said...

This is a very popular but false dichotomy. The Office of the Public Ministry is indeed an office, not just a function. Functionalism leads to the idea that the people have charge over the ministry, which leads to theological liberalism.

August 2, 2010 at 11:30 AM  

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