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Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by ReformedChris88, Aug 25, 2013.
What are the scripture/reasons for a congregational polity over a Presbyterian polity?
There is no "thus saith the Lord" either way. A good case can be made for both.
I see advantages in both, and both appear to be biblical.
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.
Here was an interesting link:
here is Strong on this topic:
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.
There is a difference between elder rule and elder led.
Perhaps, but in the end the elders make the final decision, not the whole of the congregation.
That dictorial form of government is elder rule.