|What does the Bible say about the government of the church?|
There Is Only One Scriptural Church Government Order. There Are Many Man-engineered Orders For Church Government.
Scriptural Church Order:
There is only one order defined in Scripture for the Church. That order of authority is the Spiritual order. It is the order of the Holy Spirit. In the Kingdom of the Heavens, when it fully comes, this Spiritual order will become the order of the government of the entire earth. That's why the Bible says that the saints will rule and reign with Christ.
The home is governed by the Father and the Mother (the elder and deacon of the home).
The local church is governed by the local Elders (plural) and Deacons (plural).
The universal church is governed by the traveling Elders (plural) and traveling Deacons (plural)--These are apostles.
Aren't There False Apostles Out There? Yes, of course there are. Every free gift of God is counterfeited by Satan, even salvation. However, that does not make the real any less real.The term, 5-fold ministry is a misnomer, and the actual term cannot be found in scripture. Other references in Scripture show us that the apostle is an office. The other four, prophet, evangelists, pastor, and teacher, are all ministries. These four ministries are linked, in Ephesians 4:11, to the office of the apostle, though they can exist on the local Church level without the apostolic office. Unfortunately, the evangelist, pastor, and teacher we have seen is mostly not the same as the one we read about in Scripture. The Church needs to repent and return to God's holy order.
All is based on the foundation as laid out in Scripture. The Bible still has the answers, but the human mind is deceitful, and many a Godly person has become puffed up and has gone astray because of his or her human mind. God has a pattern in Scripture that calls for a multiplicity of God-set ministries who are led by the Spirit of God in unity.
Don't Some Theologians And Scholars Say That There Were Only 12 Apostles And That Is All There Will Ever Be? Yes, they do, but the Scriptures say that God gave the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers... until we all come in the unity of the faith and the doctrine, until we come to a perfect man (that is unity as one totally complete man, Christ the Head joined completely to Christ the Body), to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. This is the manifestation of the Sons of God.
Last updated: Oct, 2011
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