priesthood of all believers

Definition of priesthood of all believers

: a doctrine of the Protestant Christian Church: every individual has direct access to God without ecclesiastical mediation and each individual shares the responsibility of ministering to the other members of the community of believers

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“Priesthood of all believers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/priesthood%20of%20all%20believers. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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