Counsel of Chalcedon

Church Power

"John B. Adger (1810 - 1899) was a Southern Presbyterian Theologian from South Carolina. He is perhaps best known for his defense of Presbyterian government. With his close friend James Henley Thornwell, he vehemently resisted the creation of church boards and agencies as extra-Scriptural, unnecessary, and ultimately destructive. The sermon reprinted here is a wonderful, warm presentation of biblical Presbyterianism and response to some of its critics. Dr. Adger's views are greatly expanded in his autobiographical Life and Times, and the reader is encouraged to find this volume and carefully peruse it." - Rev. Chris Strevel

"The Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." - 1 Timothy 3:16.

Writing to the Ephesians, Paul says the Church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets." Calvin points out how this signifies that the Church is founded on the doctrine of the apostles and prophets, so that if this foundation of true doctrine be subverted, the edifice itself must fall. So, by this Scripture, Calvin proves that there is no true Church where there is no true doctrine.