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Die “kerklike gesag” van kerkvergaderings soos in die kerkorde van die Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk

P. J. Strauss
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 42, No 2 | a266 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v42i2.266 | © 2008 P. J. Strauss | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2008 | Published: 27 July 2008

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P. J. Strauss, Departement Ekklesiologie, Universiteit van die Vrystaat, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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The ecclesiastical authority of the assemblies in church as in the church order of the Dutch Reformed Church
The point in discussion in this article is Article 20.1 of the church order of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC). In accept- ing the first version of this church order, the first general synod of the DRC in 1962 used the church order of 1959 of the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands (RCN) as an example. The exact wording of Article 20.1 happened to be part of the latter.


Article 20.1 gives an indication of the authority of assemblies because this is nowhere else attended to in the church order of the DRC. It explains that the authority of church governing bodies like assemblies comes from Christ. He as the actual Head of the church lends authority to these assemblies, without abdicating his position as the Head of his church. He remains the Source and Owner of ecclesiastical authority.


This means that ecclesiastical authority is founded and based on the Word of God by which it sumultaneously is limited. In exercising it’s authority, an assembly is also bound to do it in accordance with the character of the church. To speak of authority in the church is not in conflict with the character of the church as a community of believers connected by love.


Own Character Of Assemblies In Church; Authority Of The Word authority In Church; Christ The Source Of Authority In Church; Misunderstandings Authority In Church


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