Church members have the job to protect its witness and extend the reach of God’s kingdom. Scripture and Church: The Issue of Authority in the Interpretation of Scripture. In other words, the Great Commission most particularly defines that authority. No innovative points will be made here but I will build a logical case based on the facts. The Bible issues definitive directives. When asked about their source of authority, the traditionalists cited Scripture (41%) and Tradition (30%), but the liberals/progressives cited Reason (39%), and only 6% of them cited Scripture. Answer: There are four basic forms of church government in existence today. Here is the first fact: human beings are sinners. The Primary Authority: Scripture. The Magisterium can infallibly teach about our faith and bind us to those teachings, just like it did 2,000 years ago when the Church experienced its very first theological controversy. Evangelical theology appeals to the authority of Scripture because it views the Bible as the written Word of God, pointing beyond itself to the absolute authority, the living and transcendent Word of God. Scripture itself tells us that it's not the only infallible authority in questions pertaining to our faith. Mar 14, 2017 . Authority in the church, then, means the church’s authority–with scripture in its hand and heart–to speak and act for God in his world. In the Protestant family of churches, the phrase “church tradition” raises a red flag and is almost immediately rejected as an assault on the Bible’s authority. Question: "What does the Bible teach about church structure?" The teaching authority of Scripture in the church has never been questioned, infact the dispute that has always existed between Catholics and Protestants is the issue of Sola Scriptura – Scripture (Bible) alone– but scripture has never been in contention as a teaching authority. Let’s look at each individually. They are episcopal, presbyterian, congregational and non-governmental, but it should be noted that those terms are by no means restricted to their corresponding denominational name (e.g., some Baptist churches use a presbyterian form of government).

God has given us other authorities to guide us, and one of them is the teaching office of the Church. Michael Matossian. Man Has NO Authority in the Church. 4.

Sadly, the authority in many churches today is an arrogant board of directors, a greedy pastor, a pompous pulpit committee or some other power-hungry governing body. God exercises authority over the church through the Scriptures, which impart authoritative truth.

The church exercises its kingly authority to extend the knowledge of and recognition of Jesus’s kingdom through evangelism. Anytime men are in charge instead of the Word of God; you don't have a church, you have a cult. Why do you think progressives in the church have such a low view of Scripture? Biblical Authority and Church Tradition. After all, sola Scriptura is a key Protestant rallying cry. Can you think of any causes of their lack of Bible knowledge or willingness to submit to its standards? By Bruce Atkinson Special to Virtueonline March 29, 2015.