A movement, known as the Restoration Movement, developed on the early American
frontier (19th century) to unite the various denominations that followed migrants from
Europe and to bring them back to the ideals of the early church. The means to fulfil
this quest was done through the belief that the early church could be “restored” in the
19th century. It was asserted that if all denominations simply read the Bible only and
rejected all human creeds and traditions that came along with the centuries, there
would be one church, total unity and an exact replica of the 1st century church. The
methodology was correct, but unfortunately the intellectual paradigms of the day led
the restoration leaders to formulate a wanting ecclesiology which ended in more
schism than unity. This article sets out to establish that when one considers the
modern church trends today and the true nature of the early church, there is clear
evidence that contemporary ecclesiologies are being shaped more accurately into the
shape of the early church. This is happening by default and spontaneously.
Postmodernism is the catalyst that is slowly but surely influencing the natural
restoration of the early church in contemporary society.
Mashiane, Mafabo Andries Bernard(University of Pretoria, 2008-08-05)
The constitution of ELCSA was adopted in the constitutional assembly held on 15 to 19 December 1975 at Rustenburg, Tlhabane. The constitution of South Africa was adopted on 08 May 1996 and amended on 11 October 1996 by the ...
Kgatla, S.T. (Selaelo Thias)(Church History Society of Southern Africa, 2011)
The events prior to and after church unity between the former Dutch Reformed Church in
Africa (DRCA) and the Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC) in 1994 are
perplexing because the white Dutch Reformed Church (NG Kerk) ...
Schutte, Johan Leopold(University of Pretoria, 2007-12-19)
This study concluded that the Three Forms of Unity does not give the same meaning to the word “church” all the way through, since the word is used to describe both the visible and invisible sides of the church. When these ...