I listen to the podcasts of your show regularly. I would be a regular caller if I wasn’t working when the show is on, so you can be thankful that I have a job! My comments have been building up, so it’s time for an e-mail!
You talk often about problems in the church, i.e. When Sheep Bite, false doctrines, leadership issues, deception, etc. When you refer to the church, correct me if I’m wrong, but you seem to be referring to the organized church, be it local or part of a denomination, which includes pastor as a paid position, paid staff, a designated building, programs, worship leaders and/or pastors, etc. My question to you is, how did you determine that this is the Biblical model of “ekklesia’?
When I hear you discussing the problems in the “church”, I always think that the issue is really foundational, like a weak foundation in a physical building. You can’t build a sound building on a cracked or unstable foundation, and you can’t build the body of Christ on a false church system.
Next time you read a verse with the word church, replace it with “congregation” or “called out ones” and see how the meaning changes. Additionally, I would love to know where it is supported in scripture that we elevate pastors above those with other gifts and make it a paid position. Why do you refer to some as “Pastor Mike” or “Pastor Bob?” That is not modeled in the Bible and I never hear you refer to people with other spiritual gifts that way.
The church model (not Biblical) is more like a corporation with by-laws, board of elders, CEO/pastor, pulpits, budgets, staff, vision and mission statements, programs, marketing dept, public relations dept., various directors/pastors of outreach, small groups, assimilation, children, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
And as Mike would say, other than that, I have no opinion!
1 Cor. 14:26 says, “when you assemble, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.”