"semantics" (and sophistry)
The argument advanced by Mr. Ketcherside (see the "Home" page) is easily dismissed by supporters of the centuries-old clergy system. They say Mr. Ketcherside and others are merely "engaging in semantics," and that calling clergymen "heads" of the churches ignores the fact that the New Testament prescribes leadership in the churches and that this in no way disparages Christ's Headship.
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 "engaging in 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. But when one's credentials are called into question? Not so much. And make no mistake, I am indeed calling into question their credentials.
The way the clergy and clergy supporters use the term "semantics," in defending their untenable position--a position in which the churches justify paying their pastors as professionals, is a form of sophistry. Please, brethren, familiarize yourselves with the term "sophistry" if you haven't already. Sophistry is simply fine-sounding arguments that have an appearance of wisdom. If you cannot discern sophistry you are unable "...to discern both good and evil." Cf. Heb. 5:11-14 where the subject is spiritual maturity and immaturity. Lord help us, we will all be judged. And in that day, many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. I am tired of glib and self-serving rebuttals by the clergy and by defenders of the clergy system.