Acc. to early leaders of the Mo. Syn., the local cong. of believers has all spiritual powers summed up under the term Office of the Keys.* The sphere of the ch. is exclusively spiritual, concerned solely with bldg. Christ's kingdom on earth; its governing principle is the Word of God. See also Authority; Hierarchy; Polity, Ecclesiastical.
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