Not much to say about the sections from the last one to this one, except that it could have been condensed significantly. But in this little section, Paula and I can certainly agree on the modern practice of commissioning people to the Great Commissioning.
Some churches go to great lengths to train those they are going to ordain, while others just invite any parishioner out that is willing to come out. They may not even fully understand the theology of the ministry to address questions, or in some cases might not be confident enough to speak. Think about the door-to-door Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness’s you’ve encountered over the years. I’m not sure about your own experience-I actually engage them- but I’ve had some which were quite good at explaining their theology, and others that tried to get away fast because they couldn’t answer my questions. You can usually tell the difference between someone who just has issues with speaking to strangers and those that genuinely didn’t know the answer to the question. Not knowing the theology of the church can be very damaging to it. But more importantly, not knowing the truth of what is written in God’s Word is damaging to those which wish to follow Him.
That’s what we need to keep in mind when we make a decision to ordain someone for a position within the church: Do they know scripture? How well do they live up to it? And do they spend time with God?
PRELUDE TO APOSTLESHIP(pg.138)
Paula believes that the Christian Chain of Command runs like this:
^ This is based on Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:29. Alright, I can see how she came to this conclusion. But if an apostle isn’t present, the chain of command looks different.
“The pastor functions as its governor when the church is not answering to an apostle. In this context, the pastor is over the prophet.” -Paula Price
The Apostle Paul never said any such thing. Though, I can see how Paula might arrive at this conclusion. Paul tells us that the Prophets are subject to the Prophets. But the pastors, not having divine communication like the Prophets, would be at a disadvantage. The Greco-Roman world was full of false prophets, and as a result it was a simple matter to become a false and foolish prophet amongst those which follow God (much like it is today! Seems that problem never goes away…). Paul’s message throughout his ministry is less about squelching God’s words to the people via God’s Prophets, and more about encouraging the pastors to test whether or not the Prophet was a true prophet.
But Paula’s whole idea of what a prophet is seems to predicate on a Programmer-God, rather than an active Leader-God. And again, I can’t help but wonder where she got this idea that God programs every prophet with a word He wants disseminated during the prophet’s timeline. It simply isn’t supported by scripture. The Prophets aren’t trying to figure out what God is saying to them, God reveals exactly what He wants done. Even if it’s that their role is to confound the masses (such is the example of Isaiah).