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'No Popery': A Blessing Or A Curse? Ministry As An Instrument Of Unity Within The Reformed Tradition

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The fundamental thesis of this chapter is that the suspicion in the institutional church and its ministry is not only a core aspect of Reformed identity, but also a problematic aspect, and has largely contributed to the problem of unity in the Reformed tradition. Most organizations have people in leadership positions who are in charge of finding the most effective and successful way of reaching the organizational goals. It is a plea for the visible church with its ordained ministers in contradiction to the tendency of Radical Reformers to dismiss the visible church. It is the minister's task to keep the congregation linked to Christ and his church and the proclamation should not focus on the minister's individual belief, but on the belief of the church. 'No popery' was not only a blessing, expressing liberation from an oppressive hierarchy, it finally led to a curse - a sectarian, self-destructive tendency.

Keywords: 'No popery'; Christ; congregation; Ministry; Reformed tradition



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