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The doctrine of the priesthood of all believers does not mean only that we can pray directly to God, though it does mean that. And it does not mean only that we can read the Bible for ourselves, it does mean that. But it means primarily that we have a holy, happy duty to worship the living Triune God and to do it as priests.
Our worship is intercessory. Priests represent God before the world and they represent the world before God. Read more
In the last entry it was proposed that mankind was created by God primarily for worship. Where do we get this idea?
From the first pages of the Bible we find that God created Adam, the first man, for worship. That is, Adam’s job and the purpose of his being was to glorify his creator by obeying Him and communing with Him and listening to His word and following it. And Adam was given a liturgical helper, Eve, who would worship with him. Out of their worship and obedience together would flow their dominion over the whole earth. God gave them children who they were to train up to be worshipers. They were to fill the earth with a race of worshipers and that purpose and calling do not change after the Fall. Read more
God has established three spheres of human authority – the family, the state and the church – each with limits, with its own responsibilities and authority and ability to maintain order. Each sphere receives its authority directly from God and each leader within the spheres is accountable to God for how they lead and use their God-given powers. Read more
For fifteen hundred years, the Church was the anchor of Western Civilization and stood at the center of community life. If the Church is to recover and reclaim her role in the culture, she first has to understand who she is and what her relationship is to that culture. But if we believe and teach that the Church is just an auxiliary to life, merely a helper to the family, Read more
Somewhere along the way, American evangelicals have gotten the idea that you can have a living, saving, sanctifying relationship with Jesus, and not have any relationship to His church. In other words you can have a relationship with the head of Christ, without the body of Christ. A connection to Jesus that does not involve the Church would be a decapitated faith. Read more