No, of course not, there's no hierarchy in the Church, but… There's a 'Divine Order.'

tcrn80hFound this quote today:

“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers…” (1 Corinthians 12:28). This does not describe a hierarchy, but a divine order. Apostles are first in that order.”  

I have seen this work itself out in various ways, but I suspect that the author of this quote meant first in:

 

 

Authority

Status

AND

Position

What do you think of the quote? 

For a related post, see: 7 Debilitating Lies Of The Covering Doctrine.”

 

 

 

 

0 thoughts on “No, of course not, there's no hierarchy in the Church, but… There's a 'Divine Order.'

  1. Marshall says:

    Sometimes seeing these attempts to re-acquire the old in “new” order.
    ’bout as silly as those chickens you have illustrated here.

  2. David Woods says:

    Maybe it’s just practical. An Apostle must first plant a church for the Prophet to have anyone to prophesy over, and then a teacher is appointed (or elected, or whatever) to take over the duties of teaching the new congregation in their new faith.

    Seriously, I think a whole lot of things in the Bible that were meant to be understood at a normal, person to person level, the way one would expect to be understood in any normal circumstance, has been way over-analyzed, and over-spiritualized by the church. I wouldn’t be surprised if whole denominations have arisen based on simple misunderstandings of this type. Definitely church splits, and lots of people having been hurt by them, and actually turned away from God by them.

    If God had wanted the NT church to be as hyper-organized and hierarchical as the OT church, He’d have simply replaced the priests, and made it clear exactly what He wanted, just as He did in the OT. He’s perfectly capable of it, but He chose not to. He chose another way, a new covenant. He chose to write the law on our hearts, and lead us and guide us each as individuals, and leave us with questions to come to Him with. Not each other, not a consortium of men, but to bring directly before the throne on a day-to-day basis so that we could be led by HIM.

  3. William Floyd says:

    I would probably amend it by adding that divine order is based upon grace, character, and power.

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