Church Without Clergy (general)
There is only one position of authority in the Church (His body), and it is held exclusively by Jesus Christ.
Jesus taught His disciples to be leaders by serving others, not by delegating authority to them!
The false teaching of “delegated authority in the church” is clearly man-made and is man-sustained. Believe it or not; like it or not; this is the description of what’s happening in today’s local institutional church system encompassing a wide spectrum of denominations. It is a teaching that is fueled: 1) by pride 2) by greed 3) by lust 4) by power, 5) by money, 6) and by control.
It is a teaching that has gone far, far “beyond the things which are written.”
Jesus was the greatest leader because Jesus was the greatest servant! "If I then, the Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example in order that you should do as I have done to you." John 13:14-15
"How then are leaders in the church supposed to lead?"
By following Christ's example and His example is the most powerful argument against the idea of a delegated, ruling, controlling, authoritative structure in His ekklesia. Did He teach and model one thing, only to turn around and build something else? Did He come serving, only to elevate His people’s status later down the road?
The Lord has never intended any man, or group of men in His assembly to be delegated authority and then to exercise special delegated authority by which to rule over His people. His leaders were to GUIDE and SERVE others, and to be EXAMPLES.
And they did GUIDE. They did SERVE.
THEY SERVED FROM THEIR HEARTS; NOT FROM DELEGATION!
“Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually examined. But he that is spiritual examines all things, and he himself is examined of no man.”
1 Corinthians 2:14-15
Pray for the ability to see and hear the deep truths presented throughout. Without God's Spirit, all the time in the world will not bring one to the knowledge of the Truth. The Spirit of God is not something that I, or any man, can give to you.