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Is their any Biblical basis on people being ordained before they can perform spiritual ceremonies such as baptisms or communion? 

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Jesus is the High Priest (Hebrews chapters 4, 7, 8 & 9) we are the church. The Apostles went about founding churches or Christian communities, not denominations.

Some are called to teach more than others.

1 Tim 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;


1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. 
1:5 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed you: 
1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 
1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, not an attacker, not given to filthy illegal gain; 
1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 
1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. 
1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: 
1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy illegal gain's sake. 

This could be why all the denominations today are corrupt and in great error.

Charlie, I have a couple of thoughts.


I'm thinking of John the baptist. His father (Zacharias) was a priest, but it does not appear that John himself was acknowledged as a priest. John baptized many people without, it would appear, "formal accreditation", or ordination.


Christian's are corporately (as one body,) "a royal priesthood" (1Peter 2:9), but by God's design we do have "offices". Some are teachers, some are pastors, etc. And these are FOR "the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ".  (Eph 4:12.) I am not sure what the "the work of the ministry" actually includes, but perhaps the 'ministers' should be the ones to baptize, etc. Not certain about this.

Sorry for the super late response. The greek word for minister just means servant, or anyone that preaches the gospel. So it seems that we are all qualified.

Just understand that while it is Biblical, the priesthood and ordination were introduced by God because of sin. When sin is finally, completely and forever destroyed there will be no need for a priest and ordination. In light of that I think that as a church we attach too much importance to ordination. A legacy we carried over from catholiscism I would say.

To say, that certain things happened because of sin and therefore flawed, would be to say that Jesus is flawed and so was his sacrifice at the cross.  Is that also a Catholic legacy?

 I am not saying anything is flawed. I am saying that beyond sin there is no need for a priest or ordination so why the need to invest so much in ordination that has not much eternal bearing ?  As a church we attach to much to ordination.

Maybe it is because we are following the bible? 

Maybe it is because we still have too much catholic legacies hanging around. EG White did not think ordination was important.

Did you know that ordination was part of the  the New Testament church? 

It was at the ordination of the Twelve that the first step was taken in the organization of the church that after Christ’s departure was to carry on His work on the earth. Of this ordination the record says, “He goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto Him whom He would: and they came unto Him. And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach.” Mark 3:13, 14.{AA 18.1}

At a later date the rite of ordination by the laying on of hands was greatly abused; unwarrantable importance was attached to the act, as if a power came at once upon those who received such ordination, which immediately qualified them for any and all ministerial work. But in the setting apart of these two apostles, there is no record indicating that any virtue was imparted by the mere act of laying on of hands. There is only the simple record of their ordination and of the bearing that it had on their future work.{AA 162.2}

The Lord employs various instrumentalities for the accomplishment of His purpose, and while some with special talents are chosen to devote all their energies to the work of teaching and preaching the gospel, many others, upon whom human hands have never been laid in ordination, are called to act an important part in soulsaving.{AA 355.1}

Considering the two EG White quotes it is obvious that she did not attach so much importance on ordination.

Brother Jason, find those verses that refer to ordination in the Bible, then study the Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as ordained, and see if you can find anything that relates to the way we understand ordination now, compared to what it originally meant. God bless you.

So what are you saying? 


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