Quote from initial post: If the laity doesn't push the clergy the church will get stuck in traditions.
In the nature of the new covenant and in the writings of the New Testament there is NO "Order of Laymen!" This is the largest order in all the denominations. They have two important rules. 1.) "The Layman" doesn't know what's best for himself; and, 2.) "The Layman" is not allowed to influence other Laymen. This should be less controversial for those who consider the Holy Bible our rule for faith and conduct. Some things are more obviously in, or, not in the Word. Use concordances to implement the authority of the Scripture; not what man says God meant to say, but the actual words chosen by the Holy Ghost. It is, or, is not written, verified from the original languages.
Not of the letter?
Isaiah 8:20: "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
It has been said: "All word: dry up. All spirit: blow up. Word and spirit: Grow up."
A Psalm of David.
1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?
2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
The life that the seed embodies is carried on a DNA "ladder of life" message. Alter the message and another life form results, if it even survives to live at all. The anointing is upon the Word of God that is formed in us. If our flesh is not subjected to the will of that Word then we are not in accordance with the anointing. The living word is reliably attested to in the Holy Scriptures. No other writing has the words of life. Who sets aside or defies those holy words has no dawning in him.
"There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number. My dove, my undefiled is but one..." (Song of Songs 6:8-9) The virgins are in the house but they have no interpenetration of the word. They're available to Him but not hot with desire for Him. They have each other for company. The concubines know His embrace. They've received seed and conceived; but, because they do not run lawfully that they may obtain, they are not in line for the inheritance. (2 Tim 2:5) The exact Image is not fully formed in them. The Queens bear the Manchild who will rule the nations with a rod of iron. Of course, it is all only one body, that of God's beloved. She is set apart from the rest of humanity. The bridal chamber does not encompass the entire world.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.