The Most Radical Doctrine of the Reformation

This is what is changing the face of the world: the discovery of the Christian doctrine of the Priesthood of All Believers.

Slowly it grows: The rise of Moses and the fall of Pharaoh…

Slowly it grows: The Rise of Jesus Christ, His sinless perfection, His compassion, His resurrection, and His Great Commission to disciple all of the nations.

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:31-36, ESV

and

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 5:1, ESV

Slowly it grows: the destruction of the Temple and its priesthood…

Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron?

Hebrews 7:11, ESV

and

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in Scripture:

“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

“The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”

and

“A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

I Peter 2:4-12

Slowly it grows: the fall of Roman idolatry and tyranny, via Constantine…

Slowly it grows: the second fall of Roman idolatry and tyranny, via Luther and Calvin…

Slowly it grows: the expansion of the Gospel across the world…

Slowly it grows: the fall of old school slavery, from the 1820s onwards…

Slowly it grows: the fall of the Old Aristocracies…

Slowly it grows: the end of the European Empires…

Slowly it grows: the end of European claims of racial supremacy…

Slowly it grows: the fall of new school slavery, from 1989 onwards…

Quickly it grows: the rise of the internet…

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