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Thu. Jun. 01, 2017

The Autonomy Of The Local Church And Free Will Association

Category: General
By: Marc Bertrand


CLRA Confession Article VIII

Few subjects produce such heated debate amongst Baptist churches in the 21st Century as the matter of church autonomy.  It is broadly acknowledged that autonomy is a distinctive of Baptist churches that sets it apart from other families of churches, yet the meaning and extent of autonomy is not always agreed upon.  Some churches and associations seem to hold autonomy as the ‘cardinal’ distinctive of the church, while others seek to find some means to maintain doctrinal accountability alongside local church autonomy.  To this end, we see that many Baptist denominations have historically set autonomy in tension with a principle of free-will association. Keep reading...


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