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Brains Think Through

ankleWhile church body denominations may have been representative of different beliefs, practices and forms of government, they also represented the individual parts of the wider Body of Christ where Jesus was Lord. Various forms of administration may have distinguished denominations. Anglicans had Bishops, Priests and Deacons, the Salvation Army had Generals, Captains, Lieutenants and wrapped infants in a flag to dedicate them. The Catholics had cardinals and a chief Bishop of Rome they called the Pope. The Presbyterians had a council of elders with a professional teaching elder. As far as I can see, Quakers tried to avoid any hierarchy whatsoever though I am sure it was there somewhere.✞

Practices and Administrations

BrainChurch body denominations were like the organs, limbs and parts of a real body. They all had a general function, but normally also had one area in which they particularly excelled. English Anglicans featuring many eminent theologians and writers have been thought of as brains that thought through and theologized the faith. The Presbyterians were seen as mouths which excelled in Gospel preaching. The Baptists were seen as the uterus or birth organs to increase the overall size of the body by emphasizing the need for personal salvation. The Salvation Army were widely recognized as hands to carry the caring ministry of the church into the world. Others such as Quakers were know as movements of peace and meditation. In these many ways, each denomination provided what the body needed.✞

"Church Body Denominations"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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