hdchris (hdchris) wrote in rsqubf,

UBF and Presbyterianism

UBF often claims that they have their roots in Presbyterianism, because of Sarah Barry. Nothing could be further from the truth. Samuel Lee coined the theology of UBF, not Sarah Barry who betrayed Presbyterianism. Just found an online article (in German) in a well-known German church encyclopedia that defines Presbyterianism like that:
"Presbyterianism is called, in direct imitation of the NT, a church constitution in which the autarchy of Jesus Christ in his church is expressed by the equal status of all members and thus by a single office, that of the elder ("presbyter"). The calling into that office correspondingly happens through election by the church members in formal analogy to the democratic-republican form of government and in downright opposition to the monarchy of the papal and the aristocracy of the episcopal church constitution."
Wow. Can UBF and Presbyterianism be any more different? Isn't UBF constantly teaching that democracy is not needed in the church? Isn't UBF all about a different status of leaders ("directors"), shepherds and sheep?
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