Jesus had no Church!
THE EDITOR, Sir:
In his In Focus article titled 'Scribes & Pharisees', published in The Sunday Gleaner, January 11, 2015, Gordon Robinson wrote: "Jesus didn't ordain any priests. He had no church. Church was created by man long after Jesus died as man's way of structuring Christianity to centralise power."
Here is what we read in the Scriptures: "... I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18 KJV) This was Jesus Himself making a positive declaration.
Robinson is correct in saying that the Lord Jesus Christ did not "ordain" priests, however, the men He called to His side received far more than mere "ordination" from the Master's hand.
Incidentally, those who are born again into His kingdom, have also received His priesthood.
Incidentally, Gordon, like you, I am quite partial to good Jamaican popular music. I grew up in downtown Kingston and was quite close to some of the music scenes then.
These days, though, I find myself drawn closer to the teaching of Ephesians 5:17 & 19: "Therefore, do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is ... speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord." [NKJV]
By all means, criticise us in the Church when we are wrong. There is never any jihad treat, but please, Gordon, spend some more time reading the Scriptures carefully! You are far too good a writer not to do your research. I love you with the love of the Lord, Gordon Robinson! I enjoy reading your articles!
Patrick H. Grant