- Written by Harold Carswell, Jr.
What is a sound church. We can be guilty, often times, of changing the meaning of things by changing the definition of the terms that describe or represent whatever is under discussion. This has been done of course with many subjects, but perhaps the most dangerous and destructive instances are regarding the word of God. Consider the term “pastor”. Biblically, the term is poimen, and is found in Ephesians 4:11. However, the term is also translated “Shepherd” in 1 Peter 2:25 and refers to the same office of “Bishop” (1 Timothy 3:1), “Elder”(1 Peter 2L25), “Overseers” (Acts 20:28); collectively they are called “the presbytery (KJV; NASB) and “Eldership” (NKJV). This term is now used in the “religious world” to refer to an evangelist or preacher. Now due to this change in usage, there has developed a change in definition, and due to the change in definition, there has arisen a change in designation, and due to the change in designation, there now exists a misunderstanding of organization, and misguided view of authority, and ultimately, a rejection of God’s wisdom (Ephesians 3:9-11). For all who may say that this is just a silly argument of semantics, I remind us of (1 Peter 4:11 & Ephesians 4:29).