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The Importance of the Ruling Elder in the RPCUS

We live in a day in which the concept and practice of Godly rule is despised and ridiculed. Whether it is the state, school, business, church or family, a radical spirit of democracy has so pervaded our thinking that no institution has been left untouched. Sadly, the church has been too receptive to the democratization of the body of Christ. This·has led many reformed churches to compromise or circumvent altogether God-ordained rule within the church. As a result, the door has been left open for numerous errors to infiltrate and spoil the purity of the church. Much of the blame for this condition can be placed on the failure of ruling elders to faithfully carry out their office. The purpose of this article is to examine the importance of the ruling elder to the purity and peace of Christ's church.