Dear Owen, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I received your answer on the term laity and clergy, and I belief that we all should have a full measure of understanding on how the gifts work (1 Corinthians 2:12). Especially in these days where some people believe and teach that some gifts are no longer, or have ceased functioning in Church. If we look without ignorance at what is going on in Church today, I ask myself two questions: (1) Did the Holy Ghost really ceased distributing some gifts? (1 Corinthians 12:11); and, (2) Is it a demonic doctrine (1 Timothy 4:1). I personally believe every gift is still very much available. The Word of God is clear. We shall neither add nor remove anything to or from his Word (Revelation 22:18). And strangely the only place where these certain gifts have ceased, is among those who are called the “laity” which I refer as the fellowship which include leadership which include (Ephesians 5:21). However the gifts of the “clergy” seems to be much available no wonder everybody wants a position a place where only the minority get to exercise their gifts. In these last days the armies of this world is 100 times better equipped than they were 2000 years ago. The Church is much more better equipped than the former (Haggai 2:9).I strongly belief the term and exercise of laity and clergy should be abolished from Church for it is the reason why millions of people are sitting in the order of tombstones in the Catholic church and the same can be seen not only in the Protestant, but almost in every contemporary church. I belief the term laity and clergy is the order of the Catholic Church meeting that contradict the Biblical order of Church meetings (1 Corinthians 14:26). Well Owen, this is how I see and if you think I need correction you are welcome. Someone ask me what day is the Sabbath and should we observe it? Hope to hear from you soon, slalom.
Yes, you make a strong point that all spiritual gifts are still functional in the church. I do now allow for this possibility, although I can see how it can be argued both ways. The main point I was trying to make in my article on spiritual gifts was that there are many
sensational television evangelists that do not truly possess the gift of healing and miracles. However, I do believe that some people may truly have these gifts today.
Re. the terms “clergy” and “laity”: Again, I tend to agree with you, that this may be a distinction that we need not make, especially in the way that the Catholic Church does. We are all expected to use the gifts that God gave us.
Re. the Sabbath Day: Please see my article entitled Sabbath.