Just what organization intending to be successful is not “organized enough for their needs?”
In all the proofs cited by S.E. Anderson, this one is actually a proof of the existence of a New Testament church.
Finally, does simply being ordained prove anything about the existence of a New Testament church? If it does, doesn’t the purpose of the ordination factor in somewhere? Or, as the cited references would tend to indicate, the purpose is irrelevant, and only the fact that an ordination was performed matters.
Is anyone, at any time throughout the Scripture not called to obey Christ?
For that matter, is anyone, at any time in the entire history of the world, not called to obey Christ?
Some questions to consider in answering this:
Do we instruct potential members of a New Testament church in church truths prior to them joining the church?
Do we just let them join and maybe they will get it in time?
Do we let them join and then instruct them?
Since the Lord Jesus Christ is the one doing the teaching, preaching, healing, and everyone is following Him, it is prima facie evidence that He is the Head. However, in the context of the supposition S. E. Anderson seeks to prove, this point proves nothing; either by itself, or in conjunction with the other evidence.
When a missionary goes on the field, and in the process of his work individuals are saved, and subsequently baptized, does that make the mission a church?
Since the only implication of Point 2 can be that no one was converted prior to the Lord Jesus Christ beginning His earthly ministry, he calls into question the doctrine he holds concerning salvation prior to Christ’s earthly ministry.
In any case, it should now be plain that the very first point is no proof at all of the existence of a New Testament church, whether we take it in conjunction with Christ’s earthly ministry, or not. In fact, plainly, to declare that this is a proof of the existence of the New Testament church is to contradict the very doctrine S. E. Anderson says he wants to prove, as it makes every believer in the Old Testament a member of a New Testament church.
Now, S. E. Anderson began the Preface to his book on the New Testament church with 27 points that he determined were proof of the church’s existence while the Lord Jesus Christ was teaching, preaching and healing prior to the Lord’s Supper.