The Apostolic Church

Which is it?

by Thomas Witherow

 


 

Thomas Witherow, in his book, The Apostolic Church gives six principles of government from the New Testament Scriptures:

1). Christ is the King and Head of the church.

· Gal 1:1; Mk 17:17; IICor 1:24; Gal 2:11.

2). The office bearers were chosen by the people.

· Acts 1:13-26; 14:23; 6:1-6.

3). The offices of bishop and elder are identical.

· Phil 1:1; Ja 5:14; Tit 1:5-7 IIJo 1; IPet 5:1; Acts 20:17-28.

4). In each church there was a plurality of elders.

· Acts 20:17; 14:23; Phil 1:1.

5). Ordination was an act of the presbytery––a plurality of elders.

· ITim 4:14; Acts 13:1-3; Acts 6:6.

6). The privilege of appeal was to the assembly of elders, and the right of government was exercised by them in their corporate character.

· Acts 15.

 


The Apostolic Church. Thomas Witherow. Free Presbyterian Publications. 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE. 1983. (From the First Free Presbyterian Publications Edition 1854). Summarized from pages 32 to 57 by GospelPedlar.