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Arguments Against Term Eldership

The question being discussed in this brief article is whether ruling elders, in being elected and ordained, may be elected and ordained to the office for a limited and specified period of time, or whether election and ordination should have in view permanent tenure and exercise of the office. The position being taken by the present writer is the latter, namely, that the idea of being ordained to office for a limited period of time is without warrant from the New Testament, and is contrary to the implications of election and ordination.