One way to usurp authority and power over the flock is to make them believe that they cannot understand Scripture because they are just mere laymen. Many are led to believe that they would have to be educated in the Greek, Latin, and Hebrew languages in order to fully understand the Bible. My friend, God has always entrusted his message to a chosen people. In the days of the Old Testament, He entrusted it to the Jews. He didnt produce a Bible in every language on the face of the earth. During the New Testament period the Greek language was the common language of the day. It was the language of the common man, therefore, the manuscripts were written in Greek. God has chosen a people today to get his message around the world, as evident by the world wide mission effort. It started with the mission efforts of Great Britain, and well before then, He had already put godly men into place to produce the English Bible that would go around the world with them, the 1611 King James Bible.
When people began to colonize the New World in America, they brought with them the King James Bible, and a desire to evangelize the world. Being obedient to the great commission, no other nation on the face of the earth has sent missionaries around the world like America has. It is through the English speaking people in which God has chosen to get his message around the world, and what a coincidence that in most parts of the world today, English is taught as a mandatory language in the schools. It is by no coincidence that God has also provided an English Bible, and preserved it now for almost 400 years. It was a Bible written and distributed to the common man. The great evangelistic efforts and missionary efforts did not come from Rome, they came from America. The Catholic Church teaches that only the elite can understand, and should read the Scriptures. This is erroneous, and in direct opposition to what the Bible teaches.
We, as the common people or laymen, are commanded to study the Bible and to know what it teaches. No one, single, person has the market on Bible interpretation. If you are save, a child of God, then you have the Holy Spirit residing in you, and He will teach you. That is not to say that one cannot teach you, but you had better check out their teaching with the Word of God. It is better to heed the instructions of God rather than men. The instructions of men need to be according to the Word of God.
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