"Ministers not Priest"
As a pastor of the Lord's flock we must function within the guidelines of scripture. Never to mistake the true calling of God and its position with the office held by the pagan influenced false leader.
In the Old Testament it is recorded that paganism was a crime in the days of the patriarchs.
If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking
And my heart hath been secretly enticed,
or my mouth hath kissed my hand:
This also were an
iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have
denied the God that is above.
In the New Testament paganism is also forbidden. Our Lord, who is the head of his church, instructs us that all matters pertaining to the church is to be dealt with by the church.
For example: immorality, see (1 Corinthians 5:6-11). Thus authority or decisions that must be made are the sole discretion of the assembly not the pastor.
When the mysterious power is attributed to the clergy, the church then becomes more identified with paganism. The "confessional" which is used in Catholic services has its foundation in the Babylonian mysteries of paganism. The purpose is to conquer and control the people.
Baptist must never bear this identity. As a matter of fact, the Lord's church at Corinth was instructed that it is not the purpose of the clergy to have "dominion over their faith".
See (2 Corinthians 1:24).
Unfortunately in almost all churches, including many Baptist churches, this power has appealed to most of the clergy. Take heed to the warning offered in
2 Thessalonians 2:7,
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken
out of the way.
Our example is Jesus Christ not the self deluded priest or televangelist.