I’m not sure what got up Bill’s craw but he’s painfully wrong when he suggests that the New Testament doesn’t know the pastoral office. If he had only ever bothered to read Ephesians 4-
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Paul clearly knows the office of pastor and he sees that office as integral to the development, discipline, and furtherance of the Gospel. He also knows that church leaders make their living from that work. As he makes clear when he writes to the Corinthians (in chapter 9, Bill, since you’re clearly unfamiliar with it)
This is my defense to those who would examine me. 4 Do we not have the right to eat and drink? 5 Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? 7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? 8 Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. 11 If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?
Perhaps Bill should read before he writes.
[As an aside, I am amused that he denounces me for denying the validity of Lent and yet serving as a pastor (for whom he clearly has no regard) and yet he doubles up his standard and praises my friend Mark Stevens, a true Pastor if his emphatic use of Pastor in bold face is to be taken seriously, for supporting the practice of Lent. What this shows is that Bill doesn’t have a problem with my job (if he did he would have a problem with Mark’s job too) – but that he has a problem with my view of Lent. But instead of addressing that issue, he turns his post into an ad hominem.]