A “CHRISTIAN” FALLACY: The Elder Should Do It ALL for the Members.
Today, Christians far and wide bemoan one great truth. Their membership is dropping. And, it is even more surprising since their “evangelistic” efforts have increased.
What’s the problem?
Lack of inspiration. Lack of power. Lack of knowledge. Lack of determination. Lack of obedience. Lack of powerful teaching. And, most of all Lack of SELF-discipline by both minister and layman alike.
How did this come to be?
The simple answer to that question is, it comes from a totally FALSE concept within the halls of churchianity. When I use that term, churchianity, I mean ALL groups who “claim” the Bible as their source and foundation. From Jew to Roman Catholic. From Seventh Day Adventists to all Sacred Name groups. From the, now defunct, Worldwide CofG, to all its splinter groups. From Catholic, Protestant and all the independents who have succumbed to Secret Babylon the Great.
So, again, What’s the Problem?
Here is an example that sums up the problem in a nutshell. The context of this example is explaining why learning Koiné Greek is important to the “church.” So, let’s have a look. I will quote a Christian author, and then give a Biblical response.
“Learning Greek, the original language of the New Testament, is vital for the ministry. Every minister must be committed to becoming skillful in the field of exegesis of the Greek New Testament.” p. 9, Impact Greek Bible Study System, c. 2008
Now, let me explain something for a moment. The author of the material I am quoting is not, I believe, deliberately misleading in what he writes. I believe he truly believes his statements to be totally Biblical. Where did his belief come from? Obviously, from seminary teaching, sermons, and writings of the churches. With that said, let’s look at this first quote.
Let’s start with a sidelight. It is incorrect to state that Greek was the “original language” of the New Testament. It is only provably the “language of PRESERVATION” of the New Covenant. And, as the author knows, a better translation of the Greek would be New Covenant, not New Testament.
As to Greek being the “original” language, there are too many good arguments on both sides of the fence to prove this to be 100% true. All that can be totally proved is that we have the text PRESERVED for us in Koiné Greek.
The author said the study was “vital for the ministry.” This is only partially true. It is extremely vital for BOTH minister and layman. No one is exempt from this responsibility, and NEED.
The author goes on:
“Our congregations, which we guard and guide, depend on us for this so that they might experience some of the majestic gems of grace contained in the Greek New Testament.” — ibid, p. 9
Yes, it is the responsibility of the elder to guard and guide the ekklesia. However, something important is overlooked. It is impossible for someone else to truly “experience” what another person learned. It is NOT their responsibility to TELL their experiences to the ekklesia so the members can “experience” the same thing. It is the responsibility of the ministry to help, encourage, teach and inspire the ekklesia to LEARN GREEK FOR THEMSELVES so they then, can truly experience the same kinds of SELF-discovery.
And, what is this constant use of words like “might” and “may” in the speech and prayers of churchianity? These are words of doubt. Well, maybe we just MIGHT have, learn, do this or that, BUT, again we MIGHT NOT. Who knows?
Well, Biblically, with faith, i.e. confidence, it should be stated, “so that they WILL experience some of the majestic gems…” There is no doubt or wavering when one follows the Messiah of the New Covenant. His promises, and those of the Father are perfectly sure, and WILL be done.
Further, we read:
“Greek grammar is a means of grace for the minister and his congregation. The great preachers of ancient and modern times would agree with this evaluation of the importance of the Greek.” — ibib, p.9
Again, we are looking at the difference between “church speak” and Biblical security and certainty.
Right here is a statement that hits the whole problem of the lack of Greek learning in churchianity. That is, why the layman, and up to the top, overwhelmingly do NOT study the Koiné Greek language. By the way, this is also true for learning Biblical Hebrew. It is, in fact, a turn off, big time. Here’s the statement that goes to the very core of this universal problem:
“Greek GRAMMAR is a means…!” Yes, that’s it. The false emphasis on GRAMMAR! That turns people off like crazy.
And, the problem is, with almost all classes in Greek, or other languages, this; the poor student spends 80% of his or her time trying to grasp the “grammar lingo” taught in class and books. They barely have time to learn the other 20%, the actual language itself.
No wonder after months and years in seminary, or university, students end up barely, if at all, using their “Greek studies.” No, they are NOT Greek studies. They are a study to learn all the foreign, strange, million word English GRAMMAR LINGO!
The author should have written:
“The Greek TEXT is a means of grace for the minister and his congregation.”
For, it is within the text we have the information, NOT in the grammar. Did you know you can learn to read 80%, and more, of the Greek New Covenant without once opening a full grammar textbook?
Our author goes on:
“I was taught that the best way to show love for the people of [YHWH] is to study hard FOR THEM so that my preaching, teaching and counsel might [there’s that word of doubt again] edify their heart.” — ibid, p. 9
Are you beginning to see yet, what the real problem is? Now, here again, the author has exposed another MAJOR problem of churchianity.
He is telling his readers, in essence, right up front, that they really don’t need to do this study of Greek, for he was taught to do it FOR THEM. That is NOT Biblical.
The New Covenant, which he is talking about, teaches, “Study to show THYSELF to be a WORKMAN in the Word…” “Be like the Bereans who studied the Scriptures DAILY to see if these things were so…” “If the person won’t WORK then he doesn’t eat.”
In this case, if a person, layman, won’t work in the Word, then don’t feed him. The layman MUST work to feed himself. Yes, with help and guidance from the elders, but nevertheless, he MUST work at these things himself.
What the author should have said is:
“I was taught to HELP the people learn to do these things on their own.”
What, do you suppose, is the reason for NOT teaching the ekklesia to do these things themselves? Well, see if you can read “between the lines here.”
“Also, the BEST way for a congregation to show love to their pastor is to support his study of the Word by prayer, financial provisions and protections of his study time.” — ibid, p. 9
I’ll let you figure this quote out. And, remember, this is not just the practice of this one minister. It is the whole “program” of all of churchianity under the sway of Secret Babylon the Great.
Now, where do you stand? Are you too lazy in your faith and belief to study the language of preservation? Well, you should get busy and become that “WORKMAN” the Father honors, and give up your excuses, which the clergy reinforces falsely in you. Get busy and be about your Father’s business!
Now, if YOU want to begin learning Koiné Greek, without a grammar, and in about 8 weeks or less, then stay tuned for an upcoming announcement.