Archive for February, 2011

31 But What If Some Minister is to Be Dismissed or Removed From Office?

February 16, 2011

From Martin Chemnitz’s Ministry, Word, and Sacraments: Enchiridion
But What If Some Minister is to Be Dismissed or Removed from Office?

Just as God properly claims for Himself the right to call, also mediately, and it is accordingly necessary for it to be done according to divine instruction, so also has God properly reserved to Himself alone this power of removing someone from the ministry. 1 Sm 2:30, 32; Hos 4:6.

But since that dismissal takes place mediately, it is therefore necessary that it not take place except by instruction and divine direction. Therefore as long as God lets in the ministry His minister who teaches rightly and lives blamelessly, the church does not have the power, without divine command to remove an unwanted man, namely [if he is] a servant of God. But when he does not build up the church by either doctrine or life, but rather destroys [it], God Himself removes him, 1 Sm 2:30; Hos 4:6. And then the church not only properly can but by all means should remove such a one from the ministry. For just as God calls ministers of the church, so He also removes them through legitimate means. But as the procedure of a call is to follow the instruction of the Lord of the harvest, so also if one is to be removed from the ministry, the church must show that that also is done by the command and will of the Lord. And just as the call, so also the removal or deposition belongs not only to some one order of the church, but to the whole church, with that order preserved of which we spoke a little while ago. Thus also the ancient church3 handled cases of deposition in the councils with diligent inquiry and careful judgment (ch. 15, q. 7); on this basis one can also answer the other question about moving a minister from one church to another, about which there are helpful canons (ch. 7, q. 1).

Chemnitz, M., & Poellot, L. (1999). Ministry, word, and sacraments : An enchiridion (electronic ed.) (37–38). St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House.

Preach The Word

February 1, 2011

This was the New Testament Reading for CPH’s PrayNow app which is built off the Treasury of Daily Prayer for Feb. 1


2 Timothy 4:1-18

1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2       preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3       For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4       and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5       As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.    6       For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7       I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8       Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.       9       Do your best to come to me soon. 10       For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11       Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. 12       Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. 13       When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14       Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15       Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. 16       At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! 17       But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. 18       The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001). 2 Ti 4:1–18.

Paul is clear. Enjoy your day! 🙂

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