Protestant Reformation — A Half-Way Measure?

Did the Protestant Reformation only go 1/2 way?  Two of the main Bible doctrines that were brought to light by Protestant Reformers (Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, and others) were:  1) justification by faith (which was enthusiastically embraced); and  2) the priesthood of the believer, sometimes referred to as the universal priesthood (which was mostly ignored).

“We are all equally priests.”  –Martin Luther

“We are all consecrated priests through baptism, as St. Peter in 1 Peter 2:9 says, ‘You are a royal priesthood and a priestly kingdom,’ and Revelation 5:10, ‘Through your blood you have made us into priests and kings.'”  —Martin Luther

Perhaps it is time to finish the second half of the Reformation by recognizing every believer as an equal minister and allowing all believers to share with, preach to, and minister to one another in church meetings.

The typical church invitation (by flyer or personally) invites you to come and hear a “priestly” or “ordained” minister speak.   At The Salvation Army Berry Street we invite you to come and see God do amazing things through ordinary people functioning as the priesthood of believers — Sunday mornings at 10:45, 225 Berry St., Nashville, TN 37207.


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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    I would like to appreciate your teaching, I was so encouraged and revived by your words. I mainly liked the teaching that, let us allow Jesus to share or set a programme for each meeting. If indeed we do that by saying let Your will be done in amongst us. We will the present of the Lord. Thanks very much.
    As a caretaker for a small Ministry, I learned the good way of running a church.

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