Jon Zens: Institutional Vs. Organic Church – Part 3

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Jon Zens and Kenny Russell discuss some of the ways that the institutional church has gone astray…

[Part 3 of a 14-part series]

Show: Gottalife Radio
Full Podcast: Capture The Moment – A Church Building Every 1/2 Mile with Jon Zens
Date: 3/9/09
Host: Kenny Russell
Guest: Jon Zens



Jon Zens

 Unfortunately Luther and Calvin and Zwingli and the Reformers basically maintained and continued the clergy/laity distinction–they broke with overt Catholicism, but they did not break with the basic problem of the clergy being elevated above the laity, so that Protestantism never really was reformed fully in terms of liberating the body of Christ; In terms of the priesthood of all believers really becoming a functioning thing in the reformed Reformation churches never really happened, because they just pushed the sacramental table out, and put the pulpit in its place… and so now instead of having the centrality of the mass, you now had the centrality of the preacher, and so the sermon became the climax of the Protestant meeting; Unfortunately the laity is just sitting there passively… the gifts of all the brethren are basically just lying dormant and not really doing anything, because there’s no opportunity given; The bottom line is the New Testament has a much bigger vision