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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 of these rule…

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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 28 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2018

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