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Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 5:3-5; 2 Thessalonians 5:6; Matthew 16:13-19; Matthew 18:15-20; John 20:21-23; Acts 1:26; Acts 12:1f; Joel 2:28; 1 Corinthians 3:22; Galatians 5:22-25; Ephesians 1:17-18; Ephesians 4:1; 1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Romans 12:26; 2 Corinthians 8:1-8; Ephesians 5:14; Ephesians 3:14; 1 Timothy 2:8; John 20:19-26; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 14:25; 1 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; 2 Corinthians 2:6-9; 1 Corinthians 6:1; 2 Corinthians 8:23; Romans 16:7; Acts 12:17; Acts 13:2; Acts 6:4; Acts 12:2; Acts 18:18; Acts 20:1; 2 Corinthians 10:8; 2 Corinthians 13:10;
Differences in church organization today are directly proportional to the differences in doctrine. As the actions of a man are bit the result of his beliefs we are justified in ascertaining his tenets by observing his actions. But in any system of church organization the arrangement should be that by which the motive principle, i.e, faith, reaches its maximum of efficiency. And here, if anywhere, the doctrine lends the distinctive mark to the organization. Thus, if fault is to be found, the root of the evil lies in false doctrine. And yet, to argue Church Polity on the grounds of theoretical doctrine alone, or doctrine aside from practice, if that is possible, would get us nowhere. We must study both doctrine and practice. And now we must decide what period in the developement of Church Polity will give us the correct arrangement.
Ness, Hugo, "Church Polity up to 325 A.D. with Special Reference to the Apostolic Succession" (1928). Bachelor of Divinity. 718.
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