believe in the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scriptures,
justification by grace through faith and the priesthood of all
they mean is that God is the supreme authority throughout the universe.
Our knowledge of God and God's purpose for humanity comes from the
Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the
life of Jesus Christ. Our salvation (justification) through Jesus is
God's generous gift to us and not the result of our own
accomplishments. It is everyone's job, ministers and lay people alike,
to share this Good News with the whole world. That is also why the
Presbyterian church is governed at all levels by a combination of
clergy and laity, men and women alike.
About the priesthood of all believers:
came as a servant, not as a priest, nor as an authority above his
disciples. The priesthood is dead and he terminated it with
his coming, he is the end of the priesthood and the end of the
prophets: after him there is none. Note that if one is prophesying it
does not make that one a 'prophet' in the very sense of the word. Doing
some painting about the house does not make you a painter.
if all Christians are equal, as Jesus taught us, not placing one above
the other, then, if there are Christians claiming to be 'priest'
in de context of the churches, then all Christians are priest.
the man-made priest would not claim special powers above Christians,
like the power to mediate between sinners and God, while God tells us
to pray to him alone, then there would not be a problem: the term
'Priest' would just distinguish a clerical position - but
now that is not so, it is an open farce.
seems sound practice and from Christ, but I am not a Presbyterian
member so I don't know their church, and I would not use the word
'Believer' but 'Christian' as a mere believer can't be a member of the
Holy Christian Church mentioned in the Bible, but only a devout, sound,
real follower of the commandments - a baptized person, a
A believer beliefs but does not necessarily follows Christ, so we must understand that 'Believer' does not denote 'Follower' which is the definition of 'Christian'.
are an Evangelical Church; doctrine mainly Calvinism (from John Calvin)
; their churches are governed by elders and they include: -
Church of Scotland, Free Church, Free Presbyterian Church and other
churches scattered over the earth.
like all the others, this church will only baptize people into their
church! And remember, God does not like this one bit! A
true Christian will baptize people into the Church of Christ and let
them go their way.
Gates Of Hell Shall Not Prevail Against It
the ages Catholics
and other Nicolaitans tried to defy the above quotation by Jesus,
and murdering many,
deceiving and misleading many more, but they have
and shall not prevail against 'His Church'.