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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

45- Protestants between the words: Priest, Elder, Pontiff

 

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Notes & observations

In an attempt to discredit the priesthood, our Protestant brethren translate the word bishop or priest to elder and a deliberately attempt to confuse the grade of bishop with the grade of priest.

Usually the word Elder is biblically reserved for the priesthood in general. So an Elder could be a priest or a bishop or a disciple.

(1 Pet 5:1-2) The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: {2} Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;

Here the command Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, definitely denotes that Saint Peter was addressing bishops with the responsibility of overseeing.

Also,

(2 John 1:1) THE ELDER, To the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth,

(3 John 1:1) THE ELDER, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:

The Roman Catholic translation uses the word Pontiff and not Elder.


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