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- Category: Bible Questions and answers about the Church
- Published on Monday, 14 February 2011 09:46
Is it scriptural to call the whole assembly together to discuss business matters in the assembly?
I do not know of any Scripture which would favour such a custom, and judged merely by ordinary standards of common sense and business principles, I should think it very unlikely to result in good to the business or to the assembly as a whole. What profit could come from listening perhaps to differences among elder brethren?
An assembly of God is not a debating society nor yet a democracy, in which rule is from beneath, it is a theocracy in which rule is entrusted by the Holy Spirit to those whom He has fitted for the work. “Take heed. . . to all the flock (not your flock), over the which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers” (Acts 20:28).
“Remember them which have the rule over you” (the guides), “Obey them that have the rule” (Hebrews 13: 7, 17). “Know them which labour among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and esteem them very highly in love for their works’ sake” (1 Thessalonians 5: 12, 13).
Acts 15 seems to throw light on the matter before us. Paul, Barnabas and certain others had come to Jerusalem about a troublesome matter, and they were received of the church, clearly the whole assembly, not excepting the apostles and elders. It was a meeting to hear “all things that God had done with them,” but apparently at this general meeting certain Judaizing brethren, of the sect of the Pharisees, which believed, rose up and introduced the very matter that had troubled the saints at Antioch. It would clearly not have been for edification to discuss the differences before the church, so the next verse tells us that “the apostles and elders came together to consider of this matter” (v. 6). The results must have been communicated to the whole assembly (ver. 22), for otherwise they could not have had fellowship in sending Judas and Silas to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas, with letters in their name. “The apostles and elders and the brethren send greeting to the brethren of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria.” These arrived in Antioch, and when they had gathered the multitude, that is, I take it, the whole company of believers, they delivered the epistle. We gather, therefore, that matters of business and discipline are not discussed before the whole church, but that the results should be communicated to them, when it is a matter which calls for general knowledge.