Why is it that the same people who strongly support autonomous congregations and elderships in theory vehemently oppose those same elderships when they make an “autonomous” decision? It is pretty clear that New Testament churches were not under the authority of overarching denominational structures and those who seek to restore New Testament Christianity often support congregations having elders but then when those elders do something they don’t like they go into attack dog mode. If those elders/that congregation is autonomous do they have any right to attack them for those decisions? Is this all just theory or can this actually be worked out in actual congregations. What do you think?
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