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The task of the deacon is manifold. If our discussion of this office has been somewhat prolonged, it is only because we desire to emphasize the importance and difficulty of the labors of these spiritual ministers of mercy in a time in which much of the proper esteem for this office has been lost. The deacon is more than a financial advisor, bookkeeper or accountant of the church.

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The word from which the term “deacon” is derived and that also expresses the idea of the office we are at present discussing is the Greek word “diakonos.” It is rather interesting to note that of the thirty times that this word appears in the noun form in the New Testament it also appears in the verbal form)? it is translated by the English word “deacon” only three times in the King James version.

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Matters to be treated in the major ecclesiastical assemblies are of two sorts. First of all there are those things which cannot be finished in the minor assemblies. To these things belong matters of protest, matters that are too complicated and difficult for a minor assembly to decide, and overtures from local churches. In respect to the first mentioned, one party or several parties are dissatisfied with the decisions taken in the minor assemblies and, consequently, appeal to the broader gathering.

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But is this conclusion just? Not according to our opinion. It is natural that a Classis deposes a minister of the Word according to the rule: “Who installs also deposes.” The sphere of the minister of the Word reaches further than the local church. Therefore, the Classis must decide with respect to the installation into the office as well as with respect to the deposition of the minister of the Word. In case a local church wants to maintain a heretical minister in spite of the Classis, she would then lose the right to belong to the federation of churches (denomination).

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The relation of the local church to the denomination is comparable to the relation of a member to the local church. In both cases the joining is voluntary. Iti relation to Christ, it is an act of obedience to the command of Christ because neither a member nor a local church ought to remain separate but should unite themselves with other members of the body of Christ. Yet, from their side, in relation to the denominational bond it remains a voluntary act.

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“The office peculiar to the deacons is diligently to collect alms (aalmoezen) and other contributions of charity (andere armengoederen), and after mutual counsel, faithfully and diligently to distribute the same to the poor as their needs may require it; to visit and comfort the distressed and to exercise care that the alms are not misused; of which they shall render an account in consistory, and also (if anyone desires to be present) to the congregation, at such a time as the consistory may see fit.” (Art. 25, Church Order) 

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The question of the authority of Synod or Classis is a very significant one that presses for attention repeatedly throughout the history of Reformed Churches. The question itself we purpose to discuss extensively in connection with later articles in the Church Order but we cannot refrain from commenting upon it here because: (1) Article 15 specifically speaks of “the consent and authority of the synod or classis” and (2) it is a burning issue throughout our recent history as churches.

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