Protestant Reformation — A Half-Way Measure?

Did the Protestant Reformation only go 1/2 way?  Two of the main Bible doctrines that were brought to light by Protestant Reformers (Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and others) were:  1) justification by faith (which was enthusiastically embraced); and  2) the priesthood of the believer, sometimes referred to as the universal priesthood (which was mostly ignored).

“We are all equally priests.”  –Martin Luther

“We are all consecrated priests through baptism, as St. Peter in 1 Peter 2:9 says, ‘You are a royal priesthood and a priestly kingdom,’ and Revelation 5:10, ‘Through your blood you have made us into priests and kings.'”  —Martin Luther

Perhaps it is time to finish the second half of the Reformation by recognizing every believer as an equal minister and allowing all believers to share with, preach to, and minister to one another in church meetings.

The typical church invitation (by flyer or personally) invites you to come and hear a “priestly” or “ordained” minister speak.   At The Salvation Army Berry Street we invite you to come and see God do amazing things through ordinary people functioning as the priesthood of believers — Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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    I would like to appreciate your teaching, I was so encouraged and revived by your words. I mainly liked the teaching that, let us allow Jesus to share or set a programme for each meeting. If indeed we do that by saying let Your will be done in amongst us. We will the present of the Lord. Thanks very much.
    As a caretaker for a small Ministry, I learned the good way of running a church.

  10. Sonny says:

    Would love to share your 95 theses with the group we meet with. 5-6 neighbors on our street in the retirement village of St James City Fl. I felt you were reading my mind on the issues you cover. I have been restudying the early history of the Jesus followers of the 1-2 century. A lot has come to light in the past 50 years since I was in classes of the Bible and the truths still stand only now with more evidence that demands a verdict. Your book needs to be nailed to the door of every “Church” building in America for we have lost our way in the darkness because we have stopped looking at the Light and looked at our reflection. Thank you, Sonny

    • Steve Simms says:

      Thank you for those encouraging words, Sonny. My 95 theses are included in my book, Beyond Church–An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word of the Bible–Ekklesia. Maybe your group would like to go through it together and actually take time to implement the ideas in your meeting.

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