I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.
The saints in Rome were simply to watch for those who cause divisions, those "who put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned."
The problem with clericalism in the churches is that it has been practiced for so many centuries it has created a void of the teaching of Biblical ecclesiology. So when New Testament principles of meeting are taught, they sound strange and divisive. Indeed they sound "contrary to the teaching you have learned." So what do Christians do with these "new" teachings? They submit them to their pastor and he debunks the teachings. But the pastor never learned NT ecclesiology. "Ecclesiology taught in a seminary" is a contradiction in terms. They can only teach bad ecclesiology in a seminary.
The problem is, the church truths espoused on these pages are not new, they are as old as the New Testament. But since they have not been widely taught for centuries, any reiteration of them seems "new."
And note this: it is not I, nor any of those advocating for New Testament church truths, who "serve their own appetite." The King James has it "(serve) their own belly." I do not, nor would I, make my living from pastoring believers.
Also note, I am not flattering anyone.
Further note, mine is not "smooth talk." Are my teachings hard to argue against? I cannot judge that, but if they are it is because they reflect irrefutable Bible truths. Logic and reason based on NT teachings do not constitute "smooth talk." But when a pastor gratuitously inserts "seminary references" into his sermons, that is smooth talk. Every time "seminary" is referenced in a sermon it reinforces the validity of the seminary "in the minds of naive people."
When your pastor or pastors endeavor to debunk the teachings found here, remember that we will all be judged. I am confident that Jesus Christ hates the clergy system as evidenced by His denunciation of the Nicolaitanes and their followers in Revelation 2, and by His invitation to individuals to have fellowship with Him out of the lukewarm church at the end of the age, cf. Rev. 3:14ff. Of the rest of Laodicean church, He will "spit you out of my mouth." This will happen precisely at the time of the rapture of the saints. Many will be taken to be with the Lord, and many will be left behind, and this applies in varying degrees to every sect in Christendom and also to the independent Bible-believing churches. The test is whether or not you are truly born again of the Spirit of God. One's subscription to or rejection of the clergy system has nothing to do with it. But there is the matter of eternal rewards for believers, and no one is rewarded for believing the clericalist tripe that is such an insult to the Head of the church.
For an answer to the standard clerical objections to the ecclesiology found on these pages, please read FAQ's on Romans 12:3-8.