Continuing with details of the Glasite movement which began in 1728:
1. Weekly observance of the Lord’s Supper (covered in Part 2a)
2.Plurality of elders
Concerning the ministry,…. Glas especially emphasized the eldership, which he concluded from a study of the New Testament must be plural in nature. Glas believed in ordination, but not that it conveyed special sacerdotal (priestly) authority. “Elders were to be chosen to office by the membership of the church they served, and ordained by other elders by laying on of hands and the right hand of fellowship.” There was to be no official distinction between clergy and laity and those who were selected as elders must meet the scriptural qualifications to the letter. The elders were to carry on the affairs of the local church without compensation while continuing in their current occupations.
3. Scriptural names for congregations, primarily, “Church of Christ.” (Consider the options from which they chose)
Acts 20:28 (NIV) Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
1 Corinthians 1:2 (NIV) To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ–their Lord and ours:
I Corinthians 10:32 (NIV) Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God–
1 Corinthians 11:22 (NIV) Don’t you have homes to eat, and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you for this? Certainly not!
1 Corinthians 15:9 (NIV) For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
2 Corinthians 1:1 (NIV) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and. Timothy our brother, to the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia:
Galatians 1:13 (NIV) For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it.
Colossians 4:16 (NIV) After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.
1 Thessalonians 1:1 (NIV) Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to all.
2 Thessalonians 1:I NIV) Paul, Silas and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
1 Timothy 3:15 (NIT7) if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
Hebrews 12:23 (NIV) to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven, You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect,
Romans 16:4 (NIV) They risked their. lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.
Romans 16:16 (NIV) greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings.
I Corinthians 11:16 (NIV) If’ anyone wants to be contentious about this, we have no other practice–nor do the churches of God.
Galatians 1:22 (NIV) I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea that are in Christ,
In theology Glas was a Calvinist, firmly convinced of the doctrines of election and of saving grace. His view of faith was, however, unusual for he held that there was a danger of confusing faith with its effects. He and his followers defined faith as a bare belief in the facts of the gospel, and excluded feelings and fruits. This intellectualist idea of faith must have appealed to those who were tired of looking for signs and motions of the heart, and who had been the victims of over-emotional preaching of the gospel. Glas and Sandeman offered a simple, unfussy view of gospel truth, and a church life regulated in all its details. As the years went by, Glas led his churches further into isolation from other Christians, and their exclusiveness and reluctance to evangelize make their survival to the present day the more remarkable.
Glas’ son-in-law, Robert Sandeman, came to emphasize the intellectual nature of faith. Greville Ewing, an associate of James and Robert Haldane, introduced the teachings of Glas and Sandeman to Alexander Campbell in Glasgow, Scotland.
Glasite and Sandemanian churches followed a strict order of worship based on Acts 2:42.
“They continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking bread, and in prayers.