In the first part, I explained that Marcus Grodi, a convert to the Roman church (RC) and host on The Journey Home, has a list of ten verses that influenced him to consider conversion to the RC. The seventh verse is Romans 10:14-15.
Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
Okay, this one is a bit trickier, because, quite frankly, I don’t see how it could be claimed that it leans specifically RC, rather than generally “Christian”…Marcus seemed to focus in on “except they be sent?” The whole idea of sharing the gospel is that each of us should share it as we feel lead. It is not another human that does the sending, as Marcus seems to imply with Priests…but rather God Himself that does the sending.
Look at the examples in the Old Testament (OT). The prophets were picked and sent by God Himself…in the NT it is the same way. Who picks the Twelve? God The Son. Who picked Paul first hand? God The Son. Who will send you or me to preach the gospel? God The Holy Spirit.
It is now the Holy Spirit that calls us, that gives us gifts; He sends us. Notice that the context of these passages in Romans is in reference to Israel and the fact that God has indeed never forgotten the chosen people; He’s sent His prophets, teachers, preachers, etc… to Israel throughout the centuries. Now the main message to be spread is what, according to verse 15? The gospel message.
This verse in no way evokes a Priesthood…and even if it did, the scriptures are clear: all believers are priests. There is one High Priest; Christ. The OT priesthood is not in effect anymore. Further more, we are all saints…all believers are saints, not just the ones who have died and had supposed miracles be accounted to them. Within the ekklesia, The Church, there are those called and gifted to do or be certain things; preachers, teachers, pastors, counselors, evangelists, etc… however, we are a body are called to do certain things as well, including help spread the gospel message.
We are called on to hearken to the Spirit, not to fellow humans. It keeps coming back to this idea that the only people that the Spirit guides directly are the original apostles, and those the RC claims fall under “apostolic succession” (that isn’t taught in scripture either). That is not what those like Peter, Paul, and John teach. They teach that each believer is indwelt with the Spirit, and that The Spirit is quite capable of directing each of us.
Peter lets everyone know that God gave the gentiles the Holy Spirit just as the Spirit fell on them in the beginning. Paul speaks constantly of being guided by the Spirit in many decisions, and John says that we need no man to teach us, since the Spirit will guide us into truth.
So, in short, I too think that preachers are sent, I just believe it is God that does the sending…reading into the verse that it has to be another human doing the sending, is reading something into the verse that isn’t there, and that does not seem to be supported by the rest of scripture.