[Linux4christians] I need some advice.
Billy F. Staggs
bstaggs at staggs.net
Fri May 20 09:22:07 EDT 2011
Peter, could you tell me who the author is? Granted I haven't had time
to look them over thoroughly, but I don't seem to be able to find any
information regarding there origin. The home page shows to be edited
very recently (yesterday) so someone appears to be actively maintaining
On 5/19/2011 10:19 PM, Peter B. Steiger wrote:
> An interesting concept I have been hearing about is the suggestion
> that "elders", "deacons", and "pastors" (bishops) are all used
> interchangeably in the NT. Here's an essay that gathers together all
> uses of the Greek terms (presbuteros, episkopos, poimainen, diakonos)
> and shows how they were used in context:
> I don't really have a horse in this fight; you can believe one or the
> other about church structure and it doesn't affect your salvation.
> Personally I don't believe there is scriptural basis for a hierarchy;
> it just lists various occupations without giving organizational
> structure to them ("And forsooth, ye deacons needs must answer to
> thine elders, who art subject to the bishops...") but maybe I'm just
> not reading the epistles carefully enough to catch it.
> Our small (maybe 100 families on the books, 50 attending at any given
> time) has none of that. We have one full-time pastor whose job is to
> lead the worship services; the entire rest of the church body is
> expected to hold him accountable, conduct small group studies as we
> are called by God to do so, and maintain the physical needs of the
> church building. Unlike churches I've been to that do have formally
> appointed committees -- deacons, elders, whatever -- there has never
> been a single argument about money, music, carpet colors, or anything
> else that I am aware of. And the church just keeps growing... the
> first time I went there were maybe 20 people total in the whole building.
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