In those days there was no King in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
The social contract view of church is broken. The society so made with the name of ‘church’ will sell itself, and nothing will be left but dust and ashes.
Who interprets Scripture with authority? Well, the Christ, for he taught as one with authority, not like their scribes. Indeed, he’s been given all authority in heaven and on earth. The Church, being his Bride, exercises authority in his Name. But how is this exercised in more than nice suggestions and good advice, as the gospel with power?
What thing is neither suggestion nor violent coercion? How will it hear Scripture rightly?