Hello, Mr Irony here again. Today, we are going to discuss how to select your church leader according to the example of the Bible. After all, we need to make sure that we do “God’s Government” right. Never mind that His Kingdom is not of the world or even here yet! We’re talking about the Church here, ya know!
Since Christ left no clear commandment on how to appoint church leaders, we need to discern the pattern used in the Bible to be sure that we get it right. After all, real Christianity means being able to read between the lines to make sure we are a tight-knit group. In fact, we need to ensure we are wound so tight that we are ready to snap at any given moment!
But first, we need to discuss a very real problem in how leaders are ordained. I mean, we in the COGs have really been slacking in this department for a very long time.
Naturally, I’m speaking of anointing our leaders with oil. Kings and high priests alike in the OT were always anointed with oil at ordination. We need to make sure that the oil flows down upon the beard ya know!
That reminds me that I need to buy stock in a dry cleaning company.
The anointing comes after the selection of a leader or group of leaders. Of course, the NT had 12 leaders, so we need to make sure we stay Biblical and appoint 12 of them. After all, we need to stay Biblical here. In fact, let’s make it 13, since Paul was an apostle as well. Plus, I need to make sure I get dividends for that dry cleaning stock.
Selection must be “top down”. We can’t let the ignorant lay people have any voice in it, after all. Come to think of it, it might be a bad idea to let elders have any voice in it as well. After all, someone might want to run themselves! Naw, now that would not happen in the Church, would it?
OK, but how to do the selecting? I know, let’s look at how the NT Church did it!
23And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
There you have it! If you claim to be looking at the pattern of selecting leaders within the NT Church, then you must be casting lots to select 12 men to be in charge. Otherwise, your form of government is un-Biblical.