<402819> Matthew 28:19, 20 ? ?Go ye therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son , and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded?; <460116>1 Corinthians 1:16, 17 ?
?And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.? Here it is evident that, although the pastor administers the ordinances, this is not his main work nor is the church absolutely dependent upon him in the matter. He is not set, like an O. T. priest to minister at the altar, but to preach the gospel. In an emergency any other member appointed by the church may administer them with equal propriety, the church always determining who are fit subjects of the ordinances and constituting him their organ in administering them. Any other view is based on sacramental notions and on ideas of apostolic succession. All Christians are ?priests unto...God? ( <660106>Revelation 1:6). ?This universal priesthood is a priesthood, not of expiation but of worship and is bound to no ritual or order of times and places? (P. S. Moxom).
Thirdly, superintendent of the discipline, as well as presiding officer at the meetings of the church.
Superintendent of discipline: <540517>1 Timothy 5:17 ? ?Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching?; 3:5 ? ?if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?? Presiding officer at meetings of the church: <461228>1 Corinthians 12:28 ? ?governments? ? here kubernh>seiv , or ?governments,? indicating the duties of the pastor, are the counterpart of ajntilh>yeiv , or ?helps,? which designate the duties of the deacons; <600502>1 Peter 5:2, 3 ? ?Tend the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but willingly, according to the will of God; nor yet for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as lording it over the charge allotted to you, but making yourselves ensamples to the flock.?
In the old Congregational churches of New England, an authority was accorded to the pastor, which exceeded the New Testament standard. ?Dr. Bellamy could break in upon a festival which he deemed improper and order the members of his parish to their homes.? The congregation rose as the minister entered the church, and stood uncovered as he passed out of the porch. We must not hope or desire to restore the New England regime. The pastor is to take responsibility, to put himself forward when there is need, but he is to rule only by moral suasion and that only by guiding,
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