Holy Orders in
Scripture

Here are some verses in which Holy Orders occur:

“And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and
teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”  (Eph 4:11-12)

“and like living stones be yourselves built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual
sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  (1 Peter 2:5)

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, that you may declare the
wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”  (1 Peter 2:9)

“For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer
gifts and sacrifices for sins.” (Heb 5:1)

“The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task.” (1Tim.3)

“For a bishop, as God's steward, must be blameless; he must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard
or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-
controlled; he must hold firm to the sure word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound
doctrine and also to confute those who contradict it.” (Titus 1:7-9)

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deaconess of the church at Cen'chre-ae,” (Rom 16:1)

“for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the
faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim 3:13)

“For this I was
appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the
Gentiles in faith and truth.”  (1 Tim 2:7)  
These positions require being appointed!  We cannot simply
make ourselves a priest or bishop.

Something to think about:  From scripture it is clear that the early Church which Christ founded had priests,
bishops, and other Holy Orders.  Nowhere does the Bible say that these Holy Orders were ever done away
with.  So, since the Catholic Church has Holy Orders it's teaching on this is actually 100% Biblical.  Not to
maintain these orders would contradict the Bible!
Back to Defending the Faith...................
The Catholic Church's tradition of having Holy Orders is
completely Biblical and does not go against scripture.  History will
also show that the early Church contained Holy Orders and a
Church Hierarchy.  Not to have Holy Orders within the Church
would be contrary to what the Bible and sacred tradition teaches.  
Churches that do not have Holy Orders should ask themselves
why they do not since it's clear that the Church which Christ
founded contained them.