It is sometimes argued by eldership advocates that they are reforming contemporary churches to reflect the type of governance found in the primitive churches of the New Testament era and the Baptist churches of the Reformation era. However, I have demonstrated that the primitive churches recognized elders as unofficial leaders (household heads), rather than the official leaders (bishops). As for the Baptist churches of the Reformation era, there is no evidence…

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What misery, what guilt, what pain,

Within this sinful heart doth rein!

What thoughts, what dreadful thoughts arise,
Which make me heave most greivous sighs,

Oh, what a burden weighs me down,
Which each day seems more closely bound:
What would I give…

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