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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

23- All are not equal

 

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The fourth objection

[11] Those Who Object to Priesthood, Also Refer To Joels Prophesy

(Joel 2:28) "And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.

They argue that the special ordination of the priesthood is against this universal gift of the Holy Spirit.

[12] There Is A Difference Between Gifts Of The Spirit And Priesthood

The gifts mentioned by Saint Paul in (1Cor 12), indicate that while gifts are available to all, priesthood is not. Therefore, not all gifts are equal.

(1 Cor 12:7-11) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: {8} for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, {9} to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, {10} to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. {11} But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

All are not equal

[13] Are All The Same?

In Gods Kingdom, while all are equal in sonship with God and in moral responsibility, but they are not equal in gifts, responsibilities, roles and priesthood.

[14] Here Is The Scriptural Teaching On Differentiation Between The Faithful

(1 Cor 12:28-29) And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. {29} Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?

On the light of the above, there is no case for those who oppose the priesthood, who base their objections on the argument of Equality.

[15] The Differentiation Between Roles Is Also Declared In The Epistle To The Ephesians

(Eph 4:11-12) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

{12} for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,

[16] Some And Not All Are Selected

It is obvious from the above that God has selected specific people for specific tasks. It goes without saying, that not all are selected or equal in their responsibility.

Hence we see that God has assigned priesthood to some and not all.


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