The Church Examiner

The Church Examiner

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ...Rom. i, 7. The division of believers there into these various smaller communities, instead of all being united into one large assembly, was probably occasioned by the persecution which prevailed there. And now having examined the meaning of the term, let us proceed to ascertain the constitution of a Christian church. And in the first place each church scripturally constituted is competent to manage its own affairs, and is independent of all earthly jurisdiction; whether of "synods," "unions," or " conferences." Each is invested with the prerogative of admitting its own members, exercising needful discipline, and excluding those who have fallen into sin and remain impenitent. Thus, for example, the Corinthians were exhorted to exclude the incestuous person; the Galatians to restore a repentant brother; the Thessalonians to "warn the unruly, to support the weak, and to withdraw them selves from every brother walking disorderly;" and the churches of Asia Minor are commended or reproved by the Bedeemer as they had maintained or had neglected to maintain the purity both of doctrine and discipline of the church. Thus clearly recognizing their competency and therefore their duty to do this. Our next remark has reference to the officers of the church. These are of two classes; the one relating to the spiritual and the other to the temporal affairs of the community. The former are variously designated "bishops," "elders," pastors, and overseers; the latter, deacons. And the number of each class connected with individual churches was regulated by the amount of their numbers and the peculiarity of their circumstances. It was for them, by public preaching and by private instruction, to feed the flock, to...
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  • Paperback | 86 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921666
  • 9781236921666