The following articles are related to the topic of ELDERS

Peter Vs. the Papacy

There is a sense in which it is a distressful thing to be forced to throw the floodlight upon the religious error of one's friends.No spiritually sensitive person enjoys seeing others offended.But there is a guiding principle that must ever prevail in religious matters.As Paul once expressed it: "So then am I become your enemy by telling you the truth?" ... read more »

Pope Issues Apostolic Letter on 24th Anniversary of His “Petrine Ministry”

October 16th, 2002 was the 24th anniversary of Pope John Paul II. I don't track papal news from day to day. I was curious, however, when a broadcast noted that only four other "popes" had a longer tenure than John Paul II: Pius IX, Leo XIII, Pius VI - and Peter himself! (Note: the use of the word "pope" is ... read more »

Two “Stewards”—A Study in Contrast

The term "steward" derives from a compound Greek term, oikonomos, signifying "house arranger." Employed ten times by the New Testament writers, it basically has to do with one who has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing a household, i.e., the property belonging to another. It is used of church leaders, "elders" (Titus 1:7), of teachers of the word, e.g., ... read more »

Congregational Autonomy: Not a Shield for Error

In the first century, when churches operated under the ultimate oversight of inspired apostles, congregations were independent. There was no superstructure by which they were tied together. There was neither pope, bishop, nor council to regulate the affairs of local groups. It was an abandonment of this pattern that eventually gave rise to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic system ... read more »

The Papacy and Mark’s Significant Omission

About six months before his death, Jesus was in northern Palestine, in the area of Caesarea Philippi. It was at this time that a conversation of some renown, between Christ and his disciples, took place. Matthew's version of the narrative is as follows: "Who do men say the Son of man is? And they said, Some say John the Baptist; ... read more »

Are Preachers To Be Called “Reverend”?

"Do you have information as to when various denominations began to apply the term 'reverend' to preachers?" The title "Reverend" has been adopted in many English-speaking denominations as a courtesy designation for clergymen. Higher orders are designated as "Very Reverend," "Right Reverend," or "Most Reverend." Professor Burton S. Easton, of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, has briefly ... read more »

My People Are Destroyed for a Lack of Knowledge

In those days before the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel to the Assyrians (722 B.C.), the prophet Hosea focused upon one of the causes of Israel's impending destruction - ignorance was a fundamental problem (Hos. 4:6). In a similar vein, Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, warned the southern kingdom of Judah of a coming time of punitive devastation: ... read more »

The Indestructible Church of Christ

Have there been members of the true church of Christ since Pentecost? Some answer yes, based upon certain biblical texts; others doubt it since there appears to be no continuous historical record of such. Daniel, in considering the future administration of the Roman Empire (63 B.C. - A.D. 476), declared: And in the days of those kings shall the God ... read more »

Identifying the Church of the New Testament

The following material is the transcription of a lecture presented to a group of interested Bible students. The style is, therefore, more spoken than written. It is not burdened with technical argument or documentation. Several months ago, the nation's news programs were dominated by the story concerning the young woman from California who worked as a congressional aide, and who ... read more »

Hebrews 2:1 – Giving Heed to the Gospel

The writer of Hebrews contends that Christians ought to earnestly give heed to the things that were spoken (i.e., gospel principles), lest they drift away from them (Hebrews 2:1). Of special interest in this passage is the verb "give heed" (Grk. prosecho), which derives from pros (facing, towards) and echo (to have, hold). The etymology thus suggests turning one's attention ... read more »