MIKE GLENN – Wherever two or more Baptists are gathered together, there will be an argument. Someone will have an alternative interpretation of a familiar passage and it will go downhill from there. Sooner or later, one of the good Baptists will respond, “you can’t tell me what to think. We believe in the priesthood of the believer”.
Ah, “the priesthood of the believer”. This precious doctrine is very dear to Baptist. The idea that every believer has direct access to the presence of the Risen Christ is one of those things that, well, make Baptists who we are. Sadly, this doctrine has been so misused and abused it hardly means anything anymore. In fact, most of the time, Baptists use it to mean “my opinion is as good as yours”.
This isn’t what it means. And now, in our fragmented, broken and very lonely world, I’d like for us to rediscover this precious teaching.