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Church Authority
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The sources pertaining to the early church concur that all church authority comes from God (Ring, 1975, 64). Jesus himself already gave the church all essential rules of discipline during his lifetime. The authoritative mediators and interpreters of these rules are the 12 apostles, insofar as they genuinely witnessed the proclamation of Jesus with their own eyes and ears. God himself caused many…

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Schöllgen, Georg, “Church Authority”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 April 2019 <>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180827

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