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By G C McDonald
This is a topic that has led
to many a discussion and I might say, that that was all. Nothing further and or concrete became or has become
of these discussions. Believers in the faith know of this term yet the Office of the Elders is or are none existent. This is a sad state
of affairs as, Elders, are sorely needed in the body.
One has to ask why this is
so? Why have there been no Elders operating in the body? This is not an isolated case. Could this be said of the other gifts?
James has this to
26For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also the
belief is dead without the works.
Could this be hinting at
something much greater than what is said here? This begs to ask what type of spirit is in operation in the
body. Is it that of Father YHWH or is it that of adhering to the instructions of man and his laws or mammon.
This also asks us to examine ourselves to see if we are still walking according to the spirit of Almighty
YHWH and his instructions and not according to his instructions that are whitewashed with mans laws. Works go
hand in glove with belief. The one cannot stand without the other.
So I ask, were is our
works? We say we believe and yet we do not do. Is not the office of the Elders part and parcel of our belief
and as a result it is an act of works. Yet this office is practically non-existent in the body.
I am writing in view of local
assemblies. Therefore we should ask if this office is still needed for our times and if not then we should
So let us see what scripture
has to say about it.