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The Curse of Church Authority

The Curse of Church Authority

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There is a big difference between the words "Scriptural Authority" and what people today call "Church Authority." The first phrase refers to the authority that pertains to humans which is written within the Word of God. The second phrase is that authority invested by members of church organizations in a man or a group of men to rule over Christians on earth. There are some people today who claim that Christ himself gave authority to certain men to govern the members of His divine assembly or congregation that in Greek is called the ekklesia...
There is a big difference between the words "Scriptural Authority" and what people today call "Church Authority." The first phrase refers to the authority that pertains to humans which is written within the Word of God. The second phrase is that authority invested by members of church organizations in a man or a group of men to rule over Christians on earth. There are some people today who claim that Christ himself gave authority to certain men to govern the members of His divine assembly or congregation that in Greek is called the ekklesia...

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Ernest L. Martin, Ph.D.
 
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PHOTO: THE TRIREGNUM (THE PAPAL TIARA FORMED BY THREE CROWNSSYMBOLIZING THE TRIPLE POWER OF THE POPE: FATHER OF KINGS, GOVERNOR OFTHE WORLD AND VICAR OF CHRIST).
 
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here is a big difference between the words "Scriptural  Authority" and what people today call "Church Authority." The first phrase refers to the authority that pertains to humans whichis written within the Word of God. The second phrase is thatauthority invested by members of church organizations in a manor a group of men to rule over Christians on earth. There aresome people today who claim that Christ himself gave authority to certain men to govern the members of His divine assembly or congregation that in Greek is called the ekklesia. As an example,the apostles were given extensive powers in the early history of Christianity (they could even forgive sins in certain cases). Butwere the powers of the apostles to be carried down to us today? Yes, we still have apostolic authority today, but their authority isnow found in their words written in the New Testament and notin any so-called human successors. We need to understand justwhat authority pertains to Christians today and we should heed itto the full. But to say that the authority of God lies within theleaders of certain churches is to vastly misunderstand what is thereal teaching of the Holy Scriptures on this matter. While Christcertainly advocated "Scriptural Authority," we find that whatmen call "Church Authority" is not a principle derived fromChrist. "Church Authority" is one that clearly demonstrates therule and practices of the Antichrist. We need to comprehend where divine authority now rests for the Christian. When we do,we discover that church hierarchies who administer their powerswith a rod of iron are using "The Curse of Church Authority."

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