The Divine Authority of Paul's Writings
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1898 edition. Excerpt: ...term, but only a special application of its second and ordinary sense. Previous to the apostleship and conversion of Paul, as we learn from Acts, the principle that each church should elect its own officers had already been established by the eleven apostles at Jerusalem, when they instructed the church to choose for itself a subordinate class of officers, for the work of the diaconate; but the letters of Paul very forcibly enjoin the local church to exercise deference and kindly affection toward its officers, and, in connection with the deacons, to provide, for their pastors, adequate temporal support. From the Pauline letters, it is also evident that each true local church of Christ has, under the law of Christ, the right and duty of complete and exclusive self-government, by virtue of which, the whole body is to exclude unworthy members and, by necessary presupposition, to receive worthy ones;a to maintain careful discipline over its members, suppressing all disturbances and divisions; to manage its own pecuniary affairs; and, without imperilling their individual independence, or ignoring their individual responsibility to Christ, the churches have liberty to combine their means and influence to a Cf. Acts 10:47. institute and conduct special Christian enterprises.a With thorough, candid, inspection of the letters of Paul, and careful comparison of them with the rest of the New Testament, especially with the Acts, there need be no great difficulty, while this end is steadily kept in view, in ascertaining-the nature of a New Testament church. Such a study of the subject can scarcely fail to make it evident that the great mass of nominal Christendom has, one way or another, departed very far from the simplicity of the New Testament and its...
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