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The Reformation has never ended. It is just beginning.
"Not in word only,
but in power"
1 Cor. 4:20
While the terms "clergy" and "laity" do not explicitly appear in the Bible, this practice is possibly mentioned in the New Testament with regards to the sin of the Nicolaitans (Rev. 2:6,15). Although little is known about the Nicolaitans, the word comes from the Greek term “nikao (nik-ah’-o) #3528 and “laos” (lah-os’) #2992 and literally means to "conquer the laity."
Apparently some Christians in Ephesus and Pergamos did not obey Jesus' teaching and created a clerical class of "Nicolaitans" who set themselves above the laity.
But Jesus directly rebuked them saying He "hates" (Rev. 2:6) the sin of the Nicolaitans and anyone who holds to that doctrine should
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"Repent therefore or else I am coming to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth." (Rev. 2:15-16)
This does not mean that there isn't leadership in the Church, but only that those who have constructed and play out these clergy/laity systems are sinning in direct violation of Jesus Christ's commands.
These unbiblical man-made classes are yet another indication of how corrupt the whole of Christendom has become.