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  •  Good for you! (1+ / 0-)
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    ardyess

    The problem I've always had with denominations in which the Congregation's majority vote is Supreme, is that in most cases the majority has not invested the time in study of the scriptures and their historical contextual settings to be able to make correct interpretations.  I'm Presbyterian, and we DO give the congregation a say, but not absolute authority.

    "We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart." - Blaise Pascal

    by Dixie Liberal on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 11:19:58 AM PDT

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    •  I'm still in a congregation-supreme denomination. (3+ / 0-)
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      TexMex, ardyess, Dixie Liberal

      However,

      1. The congregation's power is not unofficially-officially limited, as was happening in the SBC.
      1. My new denomination has some safeguards in place. There is a system for potential pastors to be checked and ruled okay by the denominational hierarchy, and then rechecked later on if there appears to be a problem. Churches do not have to chose only pastors that have been approved this way, but many do have in the congregational bylaws that the pastor must have this good-standing with the denomination to serve.
      1. I'm a Disciple Of Christ. My local church has more opinions on any given topic than we've got members. Besides that, the denominational and congregational rules state that we all basically agree to disagree. It's a lot harder to have misinterpretations cause problems when the group holding true to the error is not the entire congregation and cannot make dissenters shut up or leave.

      Hoping and praying that the empty chairs and empty tables in Iran when all is said and done are as few as possible.

      by Cassandra Waites on Sun Aug 02, 2009 at 11:45:59 AM PDT

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