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Die stand van die Gereformeerde kerkreg

C. J. Botha
Verbum et Ecclesia | Skrif en Kerk: Vol 14, No 1 | a1271 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v14i1.1271 | © 1993 C. J. Botha | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 September 1993 | Published: 09 September 1993

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C. J. Botha,, South Africa

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The stance of Reformed church polity
The author deals with the resistance against the study of church polity and stresses its necessity. He sketches the development in Protestant church polity, and then investigates the fact that the confessions function as the paradigm for a particular church. The problem with the reformed confessions is that they are based on sixteenth century exegesis. Consequently there is a growing rift between church polity and the Biblical disciplines. He argues for a debate on the issue of the reformulation of the reformed confessions, and that Mt 28:18-20 be the Scriptural "sitz im leben" of church polity and not 1 Cor 14:40.


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