Pastors and Priests

Once I got in touch with Pastor Watt and initial pleasantries were exchanged, I had to tell him what I actually wanted.  You'd be surprised how difficult this was for me…  I fancy myself to be a direct and forward person, but when it comes to things I'm uncertain about, that God is leading me through, I'm usually scared, and well know that I am not in control.  My thoughts went something like this:

"…I would like to come for around a year (ideally starting in late May/early June 2014).  As far as what I'd like to do, the Lord has really put it on my heart just to serve in any way needed.  Since I haven't been back to the Cornerstone community in years, I was wondering if there are any needs that your community specifically has that I might be able to address?  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Management, experience (obviously dealing in an American cultural context) ranging in education, recreation, childcare, worship, music (singing and basic chords on a piano), media (sound and video), legislation, social services, etc. BUT know that I would be willing to do anything that there is a need for..."

After sending this message things got more real, as I had to think my plan through a little.  I've become an Orthodox Christian since I was in SA last, and Orthodox Church services are drastically different than the ones I remember attending at Cornerstone.  I knew what to say to Pastor Watt to some extent because I generally know what I could do relating to a protestant church service and assumed I could plug into whatever else they had going on, but I was concerned about missing out on the Divine Liturgy… and I wondered how I could adapt Orthodoxy to my life in SA while attending Cornerstone, so I decided that it was time to mention things to Father Chris (my priest in Roseville) to get his incite.

I happened to be at a holiday celebration lunch with the religious education workers from our parish when the topic finally came up.  Father Chris was sitting across from me and I mentioned that I had been thinking about going on a longer term mission trip to SA; holding my breath a little and pretending that I was somewhat indifferent to what he had to say… I wasn't.  I really cared.  He seemed interested, so I continued on about how I had been before and that I had contacted the church that I previously assisted.  At that point he asked if I had looked into any of the Orthodox churches in the area and seemed excited because he remembered having a connection to a priest in Johannesburg.  I think he may have even shot off a quick email from his phone right then and there, but he told me that he would look into his connections and that I should do a little research to see if there was an Orthodox parish that I might be able to serve with (and also to craft another letter of interest geared towards serving with that parish).

This got me thinking.

1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...


Are there Christian priests mentioned in the Bible? The only high priest mentioned is Jesus Christ. The priesthood of all believers is mentioned, however, there is not an office of Christian priest for selected individuals.


Hebrews 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;


Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

The so-called Christians priests of today cannot grant forgiveness from sins nor can they make atonement for the sins of the people. Only Jesus is a high priest.

Hebrews 7:11-12 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.

The Levitical priesthood ended when Jesus died on the cross. There is and never has been a Christian priesthood of individual priests, overseeing, or acting as priests of congregations. THE INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN PRIEST IS A MAN-MADE PRIESTHOOD.

Hebrews 8:3-4 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. 4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;

Christians nor anyone else are under the Law. If Jesus were here on earth He would not be a priest. Why would any Christian, here on earth, consider himself to be a priest able to offer gifts or sacrifices.


1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ,


1 Peter 2:4-9 ....5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ...... 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God' own possession....

Peter was talking to Christians who were throughout the world. (Peter 1:1). Peter was not addressing certain individuals who were selected to the office of priest.

THE OFFICE OF CHRISTIAN PRIEST IS NOT MENTION IN THE BIBLE. Christian priests are only mentioned in church catechisms and other extra-Biblical books. Man-made writings are not Scripture.

Ephesians 4:11-12 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for equipping of the saints for the work of service, to building up the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith...

You will notice priests were not mentioned as equipping the saints. Why? Because Jesus is the priest. There is no office of "CHRISTIAN PRIEST."

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