Appropriate quote from the web. "The Church of Jesus Christ consists in all those throughout the whole world that profess the true religion together with their children. The Church is constituted by its adherence to the truth as taught in the Scriptures. To the extent that it does not conform to that rule, it ceases to be a church of Jesus Christ. If it fails to meet that test in doctrine, government, worship or discipline, it cannot claim divine right of existence. The popular confusion wherein the Church of Christ is identified with the government over a professing body is the root of ecclesiastical tyranny and flows from Romish ecclesiology that teaches that the Church is the governments (i.e., pope, archbishops, bishops, priests, etc.). These governments are titled "clergy" and without them there can be no "Church." The people are grafted into the "Church" by means of the "clergy." In fact, the apostle Peter refers to the people of God as his "clergy" (1 Peter 5:3; the word translated "heritage" is klhrwv "kleron"). It is true that Jesus Christ has set government in his Church, but that government is not the Church. Any government which claims a right over believers must be able to show its charter from the Word of God."
Great Sermon! Pastor Sean,Ă‚Â I have struggled for years understanding how to make sense of the Doctrine of Election. Sadly it seemed to me that the doctrine was taken and misinterpreted by many denominations so that most baptist's only opinion on election was to reject what they saw as the false teaching on it and have no opinion or explanation of the abundance of Biblical verses and references. I feel like I had been taught to skip over or ignore these verses and just reject any reference to "election" that I came across in the Scriptures. If a discussion or preaching was ever had about "election" it always ended up on Calvinism and was dismissed as heresy, but what am I to do with what is a continuing subject in the Bible. Like you mentioned, it runs from Genesis to Revelation with reference after reference...how do we understand this obviously important truth and how to apply it?Ă‚Â Thank you for being a Godly leader and humble servant in tackling this doctrine. It was the most informative, applicable, solid preaching on the subject I have ever heard.