Scripture backing/reasoning for polity

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  1. ReformedChris88

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    What are the scripture/reasons for a congregational polity over a Presbyterian polity?
     
  2. Revmitchell

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    There is no "thus saith the Lord" either way. A good case can be made for both.
     
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    I see advantages in both, and both appear to be biblical.
     
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    Check out John L. Dagg's A Treatise on Church Order, Chapter II on local churches.

    John L. Dagg was a Baptist who ministered in the 19th Century. His two most widely circulated works are A Treatise on Church Order and Manual of Theology.
     
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    Here was an interesting link:
    http://www.smbconline.com/why_baptist.shtml

    here is Strong on this topic:
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/clas...stitution-of-the-church-or-church-polity.html
     
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    I'm a congregational guy myself but as Rev said previously, a case could be made either way.

    I can envision a situation where "elder" rule would probably be the wisest choice, say in a church plant or relaunch, but I would want it to eventually transition to congregational type church as the church matures.
     
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    There is a difference between elder rule and elder led.
     
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    Perhaps, but in the end the elders make the final decision, not the whole of the congregation.
     
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    That dictorial form of government is elder rule.
     

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