Some of my posts sound like a big whinge don’t they?
But it’s because we did and still believe in ‘the priesthood of all believers’ (1 Pet 2:5-9. I Cor14:26).
We didn’t want to draw to ourselves or take over! Just contribute!
The New Testament tells us how church should be:
What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.I Cor 14:26
That’s a Scripture ignored by almost all churches. The modern church has got it wrong since the 1st century AD.
MCF (Melbourne Christian Fellowship) had been on the right track and then Vic destroyed it with control.
Only smooth talkers and Yes Men could speak at MCF after Vic. Except at home group, but there you could only contribute about how the ‘present word’ was helping you overcome your short-comings.
The typical pleb could no longer give a word of instruction’ as 1 Cor 14:26 says. Only a word of testimony on Vic’s current word.
How about a ‘revelation’ (! Cor 14:26)? They were 100% banned.
But that Scripture makes it clear that church is a place to minister stuff that the eldership has not originated doesn’t it?
Church is meant to be place of worship and sharing and edification.
Not control or entertainment . . or even slick sermons.
Jeff & Annette Hammond
And we still believed in multiple eldership and the restoration of all things as well.
Not just because of Ray Jackson Snr but because we had seen it in Scripture and it had been confirmed in Jeff Hammond’s Master’s thesis (the book below is based on it). Mainstream academic theologians couldn’t deny the core claims of the thesis.
I secretly read Jeff and Annette’s book and it led me to move from a mainstream church to MCF in the mid 1980s. Nothing at MCF was ever as clearly documented Scripturally as Jeff’s book, or practised as we’d hoped.
But it was all we had.