Church government has its foundation in the truth that Christ is the head of the church. This article explains that a hierarchy system is against Christ’s way of ruling his church. It looks at the historical development of hierarchy and explains the meaning of the word "bishop" in relation to elder.
There are calls today for reformed churches to work with the Roman Catholic Church. Fundamental to this is the question: has the Roman Catholic Church changed? This article shows that what divided the Roman Catholic Church from the reformers was the view on the authority of Scripture. Catholicism still upholds tradition and hierarchy as the supreme authority, and therefore unity with reformed churches remains impossible.