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by Gregory HHC, d
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Union and Discipline

 

In Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, he praised “the union and discipline of the Christian republic.” He also pointed out that “it gradually formed an independent and increasing state in the heart of the Roman Empire.”225 The early Christian church was a republic, but how was that union and discipline maintained without exercising authority like the governments of the world.

Centuries before and after Christ voluntary free governments formed with ten families gathered together to choose one minister of virtue and trust, then ten of these ministers would chose a minister of ministers, repeating the pattern to form a national group.

This common system of self government was known by Abraham and Moses and used by many nations for centuries. The early Church was no different. It was based on the liberty of charity. Investment in the government was not in central treasuries that financed war and corruption, sloth and avarice, but was in the support of the virtuous people of society, which was the true treasure of a nation.

This network of tens, hundreds, and thousands could attend local needs or national problems quickly and efficiently, and the greatest among them were the best servant of servants, of servants.

The 12 apostles and 120 families in the upper room represented the foundational form of the early Christian Church seen throughout its early history. This pattern of Tens or Tuns with Tithingmen, and Hundredsmen, Decurius, and then the Hundertschaften226 was common. It was a key element of free governments among those who sought to be ruled by God in faith, under the perfect law of liberty.

“And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)” Acts 1:15

The Latin “deacanus” was a military term. It was used by many people to describe leaders of ten. If you create offices of power men who seek power will seek office. The officers of the Church did not seek to rule over the people, but like Christ, were officers of service.

 

 

Footnotes:

225Rousseau and Revolution, Will et Ariel Durant p.801. fn 83 Heiseler, 85.

226German word comparable to Hundredsmen of the Anglo-Saxons.

 

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