Apostles' Doctrine

Bishop of Souls

In the five-fold ministry Bishop is not one of the gifts the Lord gave to the church. “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.”

(Eph 4:11)

In the list of nine appointive posts God gives to those added to the house church system, bishop is not one of them.

“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?  (1 Cor 12:28-30)

Is it biblically correct, therefore, for a born again Christian to be the bishop of the soul of another born again Christian?  As is written: “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” (1 Pet 2:25 KJV)

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