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An elaborately structured institution emerged…

Posted by on Apr 9, 2008 in blog links, elders, office | Comments Off

Some of the worst havoc wrought to the Christian faith has been a direct result of unscriptural forms of church structure. Only a few centuries after the apostles’ death, for example, Christian churches began to assimilate both Roman and Jewish concepts of status, power, and priesthood. As a result, church government was clericalized and sacralized. Under Christ’s name an elaborately structured institution emerged that corrupted the simple, family structure of the apostolic churches, robbed Gods’ people of their lofty position and ministry in Christ, and exchanged Christ’s supremacy over His people for the supremacy of the institutional church.

- Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership: An urgent call to restore biblical church leadership, 101

(HT: Matthew)