Divide and Conquer: THE CLERGY-LAITY SPLIT (1)

         I have written extensively on the subject of the Clergy-Laity Division. My book, Real Christianity, delves deeply into the issue. Though the following excerpt from the book is relatively brief, it presents the historical and Biblical essence of the Clergy-Laity Division in Christianity and helps every believer to discover how it negatively affects his or her Christian experience and discipleship.

         Speaking of which, I highly recommend buying the book. It has received excellent reviews. [Please see the above *AUTHOR / BOOK* tab for more information.] Its pages are loaded with truth that reveals this Divide and Conquer tactic and so many other methods of the enemy that strive to limit and even stop the progress of the Lord’s real community.

         Thank you and be blessed. From Real ChristianityThe Nature of the Church:

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         By the Middle Ages, the Christian upper class as a whole had grown much more stealthy and clandestine, gained access to greater monetary sources, and amassed more political power than it had probably ever imagined. Eventually, these classes developed titles. You know them today as the clergy and the laity.

            One must note that this split did not take place within the Lord’s Qahal. [1] Jesus never created rank among His children. Class division began in the unreal assembly, and we can trace its origin all the way back to the times of the apostles. As a matter of fact, Paul referred to its propagators as false apostles:

         “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” [2 Corinthians 11:13-15]

         A few verses later, Paul wrote of their management practices, especially of the way they exalted themselves over their congregations:

         “For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face.” [2 Corinthians 11:20]

         Keeping in mind the fact that the real community of believers was woven together by love and that they comprised a body, those who submitted to the false apostles were obviously not loved by their leaders, nor were their congregations unified in the Spirit. The word “exalt” in the former verse is from the Greek word epairo (ep-ahee’-ro). It means “to lift up, raise up, or raise on high,” or in other words, to exalt oneself in pride. Jesus instructed His people that the greater leader must be the greater servant and must cloak himself in ever greater amounts of humility. These false apostles did just the opposite, being true to their actual nature.

         After many centuries, the clergy-laity division became standard practice even among those church bodies which gained greater access to truth. The division has remained in most churches to date due only to carried-over tradition and an apparent lack of knowledge regarding the Lord’s proper format. [2]

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         The Divide and Conquer tactic employed by Unreal Christianity was brilliant. As avowed enemies of the Lord Jesus, it put the Christian Pharisees in complete control and regulated 99% of the congregation to wasting away in the pews as ineffectual clergy supporters rather than real disciples of the Lord Jesus:

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         When the splitting of community became official, it easily did more to thwart God’s plan for evangelizing the world than anything else man has devised. The reason why is simple—ninety-something percent of the membership was removed from the process. The “laity” [3] was deemed unqualified for officially ordained Christian service and, consequently, unworthy of receiving God’s call. Yet, there was a time when all believers heard the call of God, and each person heard it from Jesus Himself.

         At the present, due to the entrenched tradition of the clergy-laity division, many Christians never consider the possibility of devoting their lives to God because they have been made to think that God only chooses certain rare holy ones for His work. If this is true, the Lord is breaking His own commandment by judging a good many people as unqualified before they ever get a chance to prove themselves. [See Matthew 7:1]

         The only thing which actually disqualifies a person from ministry is the same thing which disqualifies him from membership in the Church, and that is simply a lack of full commitment to the absolute Lordship of Jesus. There is nothing inherent within any sincere believer which disqualifies him or her from the Lord’s service—somebody else’s service yes, but not the Lord’s. Every Christian needs to know that all legitimate calls to ministry come only from the Lord, and each should be encouraged to find his or her place of service. There are abundant ministry needs to address, very few who feel worthy to address them, and many who were discouraged from entering the Lord’s service by inept ministers who were more than likely never called themselves, at least, not by God.

         Ironically, many headstrong individuals or those with improper motives feel all too worthy. Their self-willed attitude would suggest that they usually never hear God’s call at all, but one much more personal. Such high-minded ones see golden opportunities to use religious structures, systems, and especially people to pad their own nest or at least find a niche… [4]

         Sound familiar?

         © 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Qahal is the Hebrew equivalent for “Church,” and is the word most likely used by Jesus.

[2] Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church © 2001 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

[3] This word originates from the New Testament Greek word laos (lah-’os). It is defined as a people group, whether socio-political, socio-religious, or cultural-ethnic. It generally refers to the “common people,” as a crowd, a populace, or a nation. It is also used as the people of God. When used in the latter sense, it means all of the people collectively. It is easy to see how the meaning of this word was corrupted when class division entered Christianity.

[4] Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church © 2001 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

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Posted on January 10, 2016, in Real Christianity and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Yes it does sound familiar, and frankly I don’t understand why the churchaholics don’t get it. If I as a relative newbie in churchianity “got it”, then it seems it should be relatively simple for others to as well. I mean, the Lord gave us His instructions in the New Testament with an example to follow.

    Thanks for the blessing…good stuff!

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    • Thanks Scarlett. Traditional Churchianity is quite deceiving. Because so few Christians know about this stuff only proves my point, in that the Clergy has very successfully kept the Laity in the dark. One must FIGHT for truth or else one WILL be deceived and manipulated.

      Being a real disciple is not at all easy but very richly rewarding. Being a non-real disciple is relatively simple. Therefore, it is not immediately clear whether unreal Christians are deceived or simply lazy, but most likely a combination of both. The Lord Jesus has no use for such “Christians” who refuse His real curriculum and He said so many times.

      Be blessed.

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  2. Familiar indeed!

    At the root of the topic is the Edict of Milan.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edict_of_Milan
    When the early Church was co-opted in to be given rights from the Roman government. Certain inalienable rights to receive tax free status, rights to own real and personal property (read copy write laws).

    Subsequent to them agreeing to this type of governmental homogenization the Church in this compromised state began a downward spiral from “Glorious” to sleep walking, sleeping, and finally dead which has been happening globally for quite some time since.
    Thank God for remnants!

    It is this Glorious Church which Yeshua returns for and not the ones that harken back to a nationalized mindset based upon a governmental foundation guaranteeing certain inalienable rights based upon co- opted belief systems.

    This kind of “earth based” non heaven-non kingdom belief system is the very kind responsible for mobilizing the Muslim faith along with hundreds of others in to believing that man can re-establish a government aligned to that as King David once was given.

    There are two passages of scripture that address that King David’s tent will be re-established but this event is not tied to anything that either a real Christian or a fake one will do through governmental rights derived from these earthly realms.

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    • Thanks for the comment.

      I must reiterate the fact that after the first few years of the creation of the Lord’s community there has existed another Christianity which I term Unreal Christianity. The original apostles referred to it, especially Paul in his letters. It is composed of all “Christians” not under the full authority of the Lord Jesus. Therefore the Real was never co-opted by the Unreal since the two are completely separate entities.

      Regarding the Edict of Milan and later innovations, these were efforts toward the creation of the Constantinian State Church, a specific entity within Unreal Christianity overall.

      The Edict of Milan supposedly made Christianity legal in the Roman Empire at long last but one must understand that it did not refer to real Christianity with reference to the Lord’s community under His authority, but eventually that which the Roman Empire deemed legitimate—the aforementioned state church of Constantine I. It is not unlike what China has done in creating its legal state Church while it violently opposes the real Christianity within the house church movement it cannot control which is making huge strides in China.

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      • Isaiah 29:9

        9They are dumbfounded and amazed; they are troubled and stagger; they are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 10For Yahvah has poured out on them a spirit of deep sleep, and it has closed their eyes, and also the eyes of the prophets and rulers, and the seers, who see the hidden things.

        11And the vision of all is become to them as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is learned saying, Read this, and he says, I cannot; for it is sealed; 12and the book is given to him who is not learned saying, Read this, and he says, I am not learned.

        13Therefore master said, Since this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their reverence toward me is taught by the precepts and doctrine of men; (41.15:8, 42.7:6) 14therefore look, I will proceed to set apart this people by a great wonder, and in a marvelous manner, and the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their prudent men will be taken away. (50.1:19)

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  3. This is why Jesus said He hated the work of the Nicolaitans. Nico is over and laitans is laity so the term means conquerer of laity.

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    • Thanks Tony. There is an otherwise obvious clue in Revelation Chapter 2 with reference to the Lord’s community in Ephesus:

      “I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary.

      “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.

      “Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” [Revelation 2:2-7]

      The believers in Ephesus:
      (1) Could not tolerate evil men.
      (2) Put those who claimed to be apostles to the test and proved them to be false.
      (3) Persevered for the sake of the Lord’s Name.

      These clues tell us that the Nicolaitans in verse 6 are directly related to the false apostles of verse 2. Thus, nikos and laos combine to give us: “Subjugation, destruction, and conquering of the people.”

      The false apostles took authority over the people of the Lord to the point that the Lord Jesus was no longer in full authority. This is exactly what the Clergy has done to the Laity. The first class, the Clergy, has taken power and dominion over the second class, the Laity. The Clergy has subjugated the Laity. As a result, the Laity cannot hear from the Lord.

      The Laity has replaced the Lord Jesus with false apostles (and pastors, etc) the exact way Israel demanded a king. Israel rejected YHWH as their King and demanded a mere man as a replacement just as the majority of those who call themselves “Christians” have rejected the Lord Jesus (YHWH-Savior) as their King with mere men who claim to be more than what they are. The Clergy has also removed the Name of the Lord Jesus from the highest place of honor and power, thus the places where the Clergy rules have no power with God since they have appropiated His authority and rejected His Name.

      This is exactly what Constantine did in a very open and blatant manner by removing the Name of Jesus from water baptism and transforming God into a Roman Triad. They could never take control unless they overcame the Lord’s control by first deceiving the Laos and then subjugating them for their own benefit.

      False apostles MUST be tested to show they are false.

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  4. The world crept into the church and ruined it. Worldly/carnal people love class divisions.

    You might like to read this book:

    PAGAN CHRISTIANITY? by Frank Viola and George Barna
    https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/pagan-christianity-by-frank-viola-and-george-barna/

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    Speaking of Greek words (I know very little Greek), I met a guy named Harris Himes while I was hitchhiking in Montana and he has studied the Greek New Testament for a number of years. He said that the Greek word pisteuo means “continuously faithing”. Rather than say “I was saved 20 or 30 years ago” I think it would be better to say “I abide in Christ” or “I believe in Christ”—present tense, not past tense.

    I told Harris that I have met certain “Christians” who have told me that they were saved many years ago. But their lives did not bear witness with my spirit—they had no witness–they were conformed to the world. So I have always wanted to ask them, “So when did you reject Christ” or “Why are you so conformed to the world?”

    http://biblehub.com/greek/4100.htm

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    • Thanks Tim. I appreciate it. I communicated with Frank Viola by email several years ago. I also read Pagan Christianity. I have used George Barna’s trends data on this site with permission and highly recommend it. I remember that his data indicated that by 2025 or so there would be more Christians outside traditional “churches” in America than inside. The trend has remained in effect to date. MANY believers have already left the building and the Lord has been creating many new wineskins.

      Also, research has proven that there existed an original Hebrew Gospel prior to Greek translations that became lost. As it is, we translate the Greek New Testament into English. However, by translating the Greek into the original first century Hebrew and THEN into English much more clarity is revealed and a lot more knowledge is gained. This has already been done in part. It allows for a much richer translation.

      I agree about the “continuously faithing” truth. Christians have been deceived by so many things. It is nothing that cannot be corrected, however, by a closer and closer walk with the Lord Jesus.

      One more thing, I must continue to reiterate the fact that there are actually two Christianities—the REAL and the UNREAL. The Real remains pure and strong and the Lord Jesus is fully in charge. The Unreal has rejected His full authority. These are two completely separate entities. The Lord Jesus is always protecting His real community from worldly influence and sin, as His people are real disciples dedicated to His authority and fully submitted to Him.

      Be blessed on your travels and keep up the good work.

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  5. Re: Tim – You stated that the world crept into the church and ruined it. It is my experience that the world (enemy) can do nothing it isn’t allowed to do. Truly circumcised hearts seek the Father’s heart and at times can give way to the flesh, but will always return in repentance (teshuvah) and humility to a deeper love and intimacy with their Creator and Redeemer.

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