Organic Christianity, Or the Church of God: With Its Officers and Government, and Its Divisions and Variations, Both in Ancient, Medieval and Modern Times; Embracing a Thorough Exposition and Defence of Church Democracy (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Organic Christianity, or the Church of God: With Its Officers and Government, and Its Divisions and Variations, Both in Ancient, Medieval and Modern Times; Embracing a Thorough Exposition and Defence of Church Democracy

The subject Is one of general interest and importance; and demands the thorough examination of ministers of the Gospel, of all orders. Set as they are for the exposition and defence Of Christianity, they ought to know precisely what it is, and to expound it correctly. If they suffer themselves to be misled, in regard to its doctrines or polity, and teach men wrong, they may do great harm. Teaching con tradictory doctrines, as they do, they cannot all be right. If the abettors Of church despotisms are correct, those of church democracies must be wrong; and if the abettors of church democracies are right, those of church despotisms must be wrong. Let us know the truth, and teach\ it. For a minister not to. Know it, is to be guilty Of gross and criminal negligence. The most expedient and scriptural polity for the church is not a matter of Opinion only. It is a matter of knowledge; and those who will inquire accu rately, may understand it; all uncertainty may be removed, and, all doubts dispelled. A knowledge of this subject is important for the membership. They ought to know their office and responsibilities, and what God demands at their hands; how much they have to do in prosecuting the world's redemption, and what responsibilities they have to meet.

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