The pastorization of Christianity has trained many Christians to trust a pastor more than they trust the Holy Spirit. Too many Christians talk more about their pastor than they do about Jesus.
Instead of leaving “the elementary teachings about Christ” and going “on to maturity” pastorization has focused on repeatedly teaching “the milk of the word” over and over again. Church needs more layitization — to drop titles and to see every Christ-follower as equally called by God.
Pastorization has made a solitary pastor the head of a congregation, but the Bible teaches that Jesus is the Head! Pastorized Christianity tends to exalt one man above everybody else whenever the body of Christ meets. It teaches that a one-man pastor is indispensable to a church and allows little or no room for apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teachers to be equal leaders in a church.
Pastorization tends to identify a church by one man and even call it “his church.” It is one of the biggest causes of Christian fractionalism. Pastorized Christians tend to have trouble trusting and obeying the direct leading of the Holy Spirit.
The prioritization of pastorization tends to take church control out of the hands of the risen Jesus. Pastorized Christians can have trouble trusting and obeying the direct leading of the Holy Spirit.
Pastorization isn’t the only model for Christianity in the New Testament. (See 1 Corinthians 14:26 and the 50+ New Testament one anothers.) There’s more to Christianity than pastorization. Search: Beyond Church Ekklesia.
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