Although I was not raised as a Baptist, I have been a Baptist from the time that I got saved. And as a Baptist, I have always thought that autonomous Baptist Churches should have a Congregational form of Government. (Important things get voted on, by the congregation.) Also, as I grew(as a Christian), in my understanding of the Bible and what true commitment to the Bible’s teachings and the Lord’s leadership means, I naturally became an Independent Fundamental Baptist. Independent: (Because of what the Bible clearly teaches about separation Fundamental: (Because of what the Bible clearly teaches about itself Baptist: (Because in it’s true form, it’s not a denomination at all, but a called out assembly.) ------------------------ The point that I am getting to is the fact that in the FB Churches that I have started associating with over the last few months, I have discovered that they aren’t really a Congregational form of government at all, but actually a dictatorship. (The pastor makes every decision! Period.) Now I know these men and how they love the Lord and how they faithfully preach God’s Word and are winning folks to the Lord and are being open and honest about their Churches finances(with monthly reports to the congregations); But there are never any votes, for anything. ------------------------ The reason I am just now discovering this, is because for the last 20 years or so, I have been ministering in an isolated location, with almost no associations with other pastors or Churches. ------------------------ As for the kind of Government God’s Church aught to have, we have a few clues in God’s Word..... “Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?” (Acts 10:47) A Church wide vote should be taken, before someone is allowed to join a Church by baptism. “Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.” (Acts 6:3) Deacons should be chosen by the congregation and approved by the pastor. Etc. Etc. ------------------------ But......... we have a unique situation in these last days........ 2 Timothy 4:2-4 V.2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. V.3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; V.4 And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. The “they” in verse 3 is the congregation! And this prophecy in God’s Word, has come to pass: Today, most congregations are filled with people described in this passage. Unless a pastor(who follows God’s instructions and preaches the Word the way He should), becomes a dictator; He will be quickly kicked out and replaced with some ear tickling compromiser, who is only concerned with pleasing the people and keeping his job. And this is "not" what a pastor aught to be....... “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10) ------------------------ Therefore, I am becoming inclined to become more like a kind and benevolent dictator, than a pastor hired by the Church, to please them.