Biblical Church Government – Part 5

SHOULD THE PREACHER BE THE ONLY ELDER TO RULE EACH CHURCH?

During 1977, I was a bit disturbed to read two publications by a highly esteemed acquaintance of mine, a leading Preacher of American Baptists.   Sadly, I was by a fe things in those publications reminded of the great Protestant Reformer John Calvin's statements: "We are assailed by two sects which seem to differ most widely from each other.   For what similitude is there in appearance between the Pope, and the Anabaptists?   And yet…, when they boast extravagantly of the Spirit — the tendency certainly is to sink and bury the Word of God!"1