“If a ministry wants to become and remain biblically correct, then every gathering is to contain a representative of three out of five of the Ephesians 4:11 officers.” -Paula Price
This seems to be Paula’s own theory. Ephesians 4:11-12 reads:
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
This text doesn’t say you have to have 3 of 5 boxes checked, it simply describes that there are different offices that can be held. That isn’t to say that one couldn’t try to balance their ministry by having a minimum of 3 in their congregation- just know that it’s not a requirement. Furthermore, that word apostle may be impossible to fill at this point. If you believe that the Apostles are only those that had direct communication with Christ, and Paul barely qualified for the position, then apostles no longer exist. Some have a different definition of what an apostle is though, and therefore based on how Paul was called to be an apostle, Christ can still choose to create modern apostles.
Paula also tells us that based on Corinthians 14:19-32 we need to have at least 2-3 prophets in a congregation. The prescription of Paul for 2-3 prophets was not based on a need for prophets within a church- it was as a means to confirm one another. He also said that if someone Why? It’s actually very simple- people are too easily fooled. What Paul was saying, is that a prophecy would be shared amongst prophets, so that one their words would be confirmed.
In a day and age where false prophets were abundant, and could achieve prophecy through their zealous spirit, it is not hard to understand the necessity for God’s People to have confirming experiences. For if one speaks up and is unconfirmed by another who is known to be a prophet, then it casts high doubt upon their claim that God has delivered the message.
But Paul puts in another piece of information here- he also says that even if there are 2-3 prophets which stand up and speak, they are subject to judgement of any other prophet which is in the room.
Just as a side note: I have to wonder if Paula’s whole idea of what a Prophet is founded upon 1 Corinthians chapter 14:32 in which the Apostle Paul states, “If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual…”. A lot can be derived from this though, in the same verse he says “this is the commandment of God”. That word “think” in context could mean a number of things. Paul tells us that God is not the author of confusion in this very chapter- so does “think himself to be” mean Paul is calling them out to reconsider their position? Or is he saying prophets might have no idea they are prophets because God doesn’t necessarily reveal Himself to a prophet? Given that Paul is addressing those who think, rather than know, there is a large margin of grey area on his intent. Unfortunately, without having Paul in the room with us, we have no way of getting a straight answer – so we have to rely on his testimony that if it’s really from God, two or more will agree first, and the others around will have to judge for themselves whether they are speaking truth or not.
It really is a conundrum isn’t it? What we have to rely upon, however, is that God told us with Moses exactly how we could recognize the truth of whether or not we are personally called to be Prophets, and that He alone has control over such things. We also have to rely upon God’s message to us that as long as we are paying attention and test the veracity of a prophet’s word, He will make known whether or not a person is a real prophet.