Ensconced in the Establishment

Assuming an anabaptist start, the project started to go off the rails early. Not only did Gentiles start to come into the kingdom in the first few decades of gospel preaching, but so also did some of their rulers (Acts 13:12). And there is no sign or hint of Sergius Paulus having to step away from his role as proconsul. The apostle Paul just leaves him there, ensconced in the establishment. And earlier in that same chapter, we see that an important courtier from the court of Herod the tetrarch, a man named Manaen, as part of the rule of the church at Antioch (Acts 13:1). Let us lament how soon the anabaptist project was abandoned. Or perhaps we should lament how soon it was never started.

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