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Do Elders Have Authority?

Before we jump directly into the topic let me define my terms.  First, by elders I’m referring to men who have been recognized by a certain congregation, because of their blameless character (1 Timothy 3:2), as leaders of the congregation.  Second, by authority I’m referring to the right elders have to make a choice.  Specifically the right to choose in matters of which the Bible does not give clear instructions.  We call these “matters of opinion.”  They span from the times the congregation will meet for corporate worship, to determining which missionaries the congregation will support. Thus the question addressed put in another way is: Do the elders (as the recognized shepherds of the congregation) have the ability to make choices in “matters of opinion?”

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1 Peter 5:1-4: A Charge to the Elders to Shepherd Well

In chapter 5 Peter turns his attention to the leaders of these churches.  His desire is to give clear instructions to the elders. Although it could be that Peter is simply speaking to older men when he addresses elders, it seems much more likely that he is referring to elders in the technical sense of church leaders.

Peter has an exhortation to give these men. Singling out a group of people for specific instructions has been a pattern throughout 1 Peter (citizens here, slaves here, wives here, and husbands here).  Singling out the elders would serve two purposes.  First, in a persecuted church strong leadership was a must.  Second, the bulk of persecution in the early church seems to have been directed at the leader of churches.  Both of these show why elders needed extra encouragement.

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Willl the Real Heretic Please Stand Up? Part 2-Doctrine

You can read part 1 of my Review of Will the Real Heretic Please Stand Up? can be read here.

The first portion of the book dealt with the radical lifestyle of the Early Christians (99-199 A.D.)  As mentioned in the review of that section, their lifestyle challenges even the strongest believer today.  They took their faith seriously and lived out the radical teachings of Jesus.  Today many popular books have been sold with the theme of radical Christian living, but none of those books compare to the lifestyle promoted and lived by the Early Christians.  The first five chapters alone make this book an inspirational read.

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Will the Real Heretic Please Stand Up?–Part 1 Lifestyle

I had read portions of the book Will the Real Heretic Please Stand Up by David Bercot.  I always found the portions challenging to my faith and very easy to read.  However with Graduate Work I never took the time to actually read the book from cover-to-cover.  So the other day while moving books in my office I found the small paperback and decided to read it strait through.

General Information

The book contains 19 chapters and a Biographical Dictionary.  The purpose of the book is to explore the writings of the Early Christians, and compare their teachings and practice with the modern day church.  Bercot defines the Early Christians as “Christians who lived between 90 and 199 A.D.” (5).  These group of Christians wrote letters, defenses of Christianity, and commentaries that we now possess and can therefore garner from them their beliefs and practices.

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1 Peter and the Health and Wealth Gospel.

There is a stream of modern day “Christianity” that promotes a prosperity gospel.  The prosperity gospel teaches that God’s will for your life is that you be healthy, wealthy, and prosper in all that you do.  It goes by such names as Health and Wealth, prosperity, word faith, and name-it-and-claim-it.  It is a popular teaching and many of the largest churches in America hold to it.

The Influence of the Prosperity Gospel

These teachers gather crowds in services, are seen on television, heard on the radio, and their books sell in large amounts. They obviously are teaching and selling a message people want to hear.  People want to hear that God wants them to be wealthy . They want to hear that not only does God want them to be wealthy, but that they can be wealthy if they simply have the right type of faith and unleash God in their lives.  Each of these teachers has a different way this might be done.  It could be through giving to their ministry.  It could be through a certain type of prayer.  The point is with the right kind of faith you can prosper.

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