Simply stated, clergy is from a root word that means “the learned men … the ones enlighten for ministry.” And laity is anyone not in that inner circle.
Insecure leaders did this to maintain control. They continued to read the Scriptures in Latin, which few could read, so they made sure that the clergy alone had a Bible, and they alone became the expounders of how the Bible told us to live.
In the clergy-laity divide, they also created a sacred-secular divide.
When Paul addresses the Colossians he does so with anything but a clergy-laity divide in mind. He calls them the holy and faithful brothers in Christ (Colossians 1:2). The KJV translates holy as saints, for that’s how Paul indeed sees them. And he sees them as his very own faith-filled brothers.
Paul also has anything but a sacred-secular divide in mind as he instructs then—whatever you do, whether in word or deed.
He makes it clear that everything we do as faith-filled, holy saints is to be sacred and God-honoring.
How do we do whatever we do in a sacred, God-honoring way? We ask these six questions:
- “It is not WHAT a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is WHY he does it.” —A.W. Tozer
 Will it promote the Gospel? (Philippians 1:27)
 Can I do it in the name of Jesus? (Colossians 3:17 …do it ALL in the name of Jesus)
 Does it cause others to be thank-full? (Colossians 3:17 …giving THANKS to God the Father).