The Autonomy of Lordship Churches
Every Lordship church is autonomous by definition. The term “Lordship” when connect to “church” would not mean a denomination but rather a specific body of Believers.
Lordship churches insist that only Jesus is Lord of the church and that no human authority supersedes His ultimate authority.
Lordship churches obey the laws of governments related to certain matters but they decline to recognize governmental authority in matters of doctrine, polity and ministry ((Acts 4:18-20; 5:29, Matthew 22:21).
This does not mean that there are not built in safeguards of accountability; indeed there should be. It simply means that the accountability is based upon Biblical principles rather than man made principles.
The Biblical Basis for Church Autonomy
In the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation we see the seven churches in Asia Minor referred to as unique, separate entities who were under the authority of Jesus Christ.
In Romans 16:5 Apostle Paul writes “Likewise greet the church that is in their house…
1 Corinthians 16:19
The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Lordship churches have historically given great preeminence to the Word of God giving it a place of final authority.
That is why each individual person, family and church is responsible for their own governance. This is not to say that Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists and Teachers do not have their place as well. But in the eyes of God, ultimately each is responsible for itself under the Lordship of Christ.
The congregation, served by the Pastor, is autonomous and chooses for itself its style of worship, meeting times, doctrine, etc.
The Lordship of Christ and the Lordship Church
Born-again persons voluntarily gather in groups and form churches. These persons have been saved only by faith in God’s grace gift of salvation in Christ, and thus all are spiritually on the same plane (Romans 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:8-9).
The lordship of Christ, a belief precious to Lordship Churches, relates to autonomy. Christ is Lord of each person, family and church i.e. The “Lordship Church“. Church autonomy rests on these Biblically based convictions.