However, supporters of the clergy system ignore the inarguable fact that the New Testament prescribes eldership in which the primary benefit of these older men is as examples to the flock, cf. I Pet. 5. Elders are also to be able to teach. Contrast this with the age-old practice of young men, not elders by any stretch of the imagination (of course they eventually become old), whose virtually sole function is to teach. (There is a difference between a NT teacher and a NT church leader. The clergy system obliterates the distinction. This, too, is predicted in the New Testament where it says that in the last days the people will heap to themselves teachers, II Tim. 4:3. The people the churches erroneously call "pastors" are in fact mostly teachers.)
The dismissal of Mr. Ketcherside as talking "semantics" is indeed a conceit characteristic of the seminary-trained. Of course from "conceit" we get "conceited." The clergyman is usually humble up to the point where his bona fides are questioned. It is easy to be "humble" when you are lauded in the churches and in the streets. In the trenches it is more difficult.
The way the clergy and clergy supporters use this term, in this context, is a form of sophistry. Please, brethren, familiarize yourselves with the term if you haven't already.