Continuing looking at the 21st-century writings concerning the state of the ecclesiae and conditions in church life in the 20th century. You ask: Who is to blame? Personal observation tells us the senior brethren are, those we call “Presiding Brethren”. They have allowed the meetings to be spent mainly in the consideration of expository matter,… Read More Laodicean Ecclesias
We have been given peace by the work of Christ. We need to live in a place of peace. To that end, the Bible also teaches us to pursue peace and the one leading the ecclesia or guarding the garden or house of God and guiding in the local Body of Christ (the local ecclesia)… Read More When examining ourselves
The command through Paul, that a bishop, elder, or deacon must be “the husband of one wife” (1 Tim.iii. 2, 12) cannot possibly mean that no brother can be appointed an elder (or presiding brother, as known to us) who is not a married man, for Paul himself, who had “the care of all the… Read More Unmarried Elders
When looking at some of our brethren writings in the 19th and early 20th century, we may find some very conservative views. Today we look at the way Frank George Jannaway looked at some Presiding Brethren. Presiding Brethren’s Failings An Ecclesia does wrong in appointing as Presiding brother (or “overseer”; 1 Tim. iii. 1, R.V.… Read More Presiding Brethren’s Failings
When going to form an ecclesia one has to select people to be in charge of it or taking care of the working and good order of the ecclesial work. It’s important that a church leader will be working as a good house-steward, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to — not pushy or arrogant, not short-tempered, not given to a lot of wine, not a bully or violent, not money-hungry or fond of dishonest gain, but rather, hospitable, a lover of goodness, sound of mind, just, holy, self-controlled, holding to that teaching in harmony with the faithful Word, also that he may be strong enough and have enough knowledge (and perhaps also experience) to exhort by that healthy teaching and reprove those who are opposing.
… Read More Qualifications of a Presiding Brother