Biblical Church Government – Part 5

By the mercies of our Sovereign Lord, you are the much esteemed Preacher of a Baptist Church….   Moreover, you are also a nationally acknowledged authority on true or historic Baptist Theology — as is evident in your September 1977 publication Extra-Biblical Ecclesiastical Systems.   And your most thought-provoking July 1977 publication (titled Elders

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in a New Testament Church) is undoubtedly the clearest exposition of Baptist Church Government we have yet seen.

Brother, we believe your valuable publications have been of great service to the Christian World!   For in them you have we feel correctly pointed out: (a), that all Pastors are Elders and all Elders are Pastors; (b), that the Pastors must have leadership in the Church; (c) that "laymen's" committees-as-such are often incapable of giving efficient church leadership; (d), that church committees of laymen indeed often tend to be dominated by one of their members who acts like a Diotrophes in order to try to get things done (III John 9); (e) that Preachers should be 'honourably' paid for their services to the Church; and (g), that only Preachers should "preach" in the Congregation.