universal suffrage but the burden of proof lies on those who would so modify the meaning of the verb. The word is frequently used in the sense of choosing, appointing, with reference to the formality of raising the hand.? Per contra, see Meyer, in loco : ?The church officers were elective. As appears from analogy of 6:2-6 (election of deacons), the word ceirotonh>santev retains its etymological sense and does not mean ?constituted? or ?created.? Their choice was a recognition of a gift already bestowed, not the ground of the office and source of authority but merely the means by which the gift becomes [known, recognized and] an actual office in the church.?
Baumgarten, Apostolic History, 1:456 ? ?They the two apostles ? allow presbyters to be chosen for the community by voting.? Alexander, Com., on Acts ? ?The method of election here, as the expression ceirotonh>santev indicates, was the same as that in <440605>Acts 6:5, 6, where the people chose the seven, and the twelve ordained them.? Barnes, Com. on Acts: ?The apostles presided in the assembly where the choice was made ? appointed them in the usual way by the suffrage of the people.? Dexter, Congregationalism, 138 ? ??Ordained? means here ?prompted and secured the election? of elders in every church.? So in
<560105> Titus 1:5 ? ?appoint elders in every city.? Compare the Latin: ?dictator consules creavit? = prompted and secured the election of consuls by the people. See Neander, Church History, 1:189; Guericke, Church History, 1:110; Meyer, on <441302>Acts 13:2.
The Watchman, Nov. 7, 1901 ? ?The root difficulty with many schemes of statecraft is to be found in deep seated distrust of the capacities and possibilities of men. Wendell Phillips once said that nothing so impressed him with the power of the gospel to solve our problems as the sight of a prince and a peasant kneeling side by side in a European Cathedral.? Dr.
W. H. Huntington makes the strong points of Congregationalism to be a lofty estimate of the value of trained intelligence in the Christian ministry, a clear recognition of the duty of every lay member of a church. Each lay member is to take an active interest in its affairs, temporal as well as spiritual. He regards the weaknesses of Congregationalism to be a certain incapacity for expansion beyond the territorial limits within which it is indigenous and has an under valuation of the mystical or sacramental, as contrasted with the doctrinal and practical sides of religion. He argues for the object symbolism as well as the verbal symbolism of the real presence and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Dread of idolatry, he thinks, should not make us indifferent to the value of sacraments. Baptists, we reply, may fairly claim that they escape both of these charges against ordinary Congregationalism, in that they have shown unlimited capacity of
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