Dear Pastor Whoever….
Ordination. Let’s talk ordination. Is it Bible or is it “tradition ofmen”? There’s not only a split in Christ’s church between thesalaried and the non-salaried, but the salaried are themselves splitbetween the ordained and the non-ordained. Some of your contem-poraries are ordained, some are not, and, I suppose, all yearn to be.The ordained are the special amongst the special. Let’s call themSuper-Special Pastor Whoevers. But are the super-special specialfrom Christ’s perspective, the only perspective that matters?
Please excuse my severe skepticism that has developed over almostfive decades of christianity. So much of evangelicalism is religiousadd-on; is ordination also Bible-plus? For any Bible-believingchristian the answer can easily be found. Type in biblegateway.comin the google search bar…. in the search bar of Bible Gateway type“ordain”, “ordination” and “ordained”. Check a good cross-sectionof translations, the NKJV, the ESV, and the NASB. Can thesewords, pertaining to men being ordained by God or men, be foundin the New Testament of these three translations? No, no and no.“The [only] man whom He [God] has ordained” (NKJV), is His Son.
Can we assume the people you pastor mistakenly assume ordin-ation is Bible, and therefore the will of God? If ordination ismerely another “tradition of men”, as the NKJV, the ESV and theNASB verify, should not a leader under Christ, as you claim to be,educate them. And should you not inform the trusting congregationof all other evangelical traditions of men? Christianity, truechristianity, is simply responding to the question: “What wouldJesus have me do?” And that’s my question to you, Pastor Whoever:“What does Jesus want you to do?” Love is obedience. Amen?