the single crotchety member cannot do too much harm. One man in a small boat can easily upset it but not so in the great ship. Patient waiting, persuasion and prayer will ordinarily win over the recalcitrant. It is not to be denied, however, that patience may have its limits and that unity may sometimes need to be purchased by secession and the forming of a new local church whose members can work harmoniously together.
(b) From the responsibility of the whole church for maintaining pure doctrine and practice.
<540315> 1 Timothy 3:15 ? ?the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth?; Jude 3 ? ?exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints?; Revelations 2 and 3 ? exhortations to the seven churches of Asia to maintain pure doctrine and practice. In all these passages, pastoral charges are given, not by a so called bishop to his subordinate priests, but by an apostle to the whole church and to all its members.
In <540315>1 Timothy 3:15, Dr. Hort would translate ?a pillar and ground of the truth? ? apparently referring to the local church as one of many. <490318> Ephesians 3:18 ? ?strong to apprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth.? Edith Wharton, Vesalius in Zante, in N. A. Rev., Nov. 1892 ? ?Truth is many tongued. What one man failed to speak, another finds Another word for. May not all converge, In some vast utterance of which you and I, Fallopius, were but the halting syllables?? Bruce, Training of the Twelve, shows that the Twelve probably knew the whole O. T. by heart. Pandita Ramabai, at Oxford, when visiting Max Muller, recited from the Rig Veda passim, and showed that she knew more of it by heart than the whole contents of the O. T.
(c) From the committing of the ordinances to the charge of the whole, church is to observe and guard. As the church expresses truth in her teaching, so she is to express it in symbol through the ordinances.
<402819> Matthew 28:19, 20 ? ?Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them...teaching them?; cf.
<422433> Luke 24:33 ? ?And they rose up that very hour...found the eleven gathered together, and them chat were with them?; <440115>Acts 1:15 ? ?And in these days Peter stood up in the midst of the brethren, and said (and there was a multitude of persons gathered together, about a hundred and twenty)?; <461506>1 Corinthians 15:6 ? ?then he appeared to above five hundred brethren at once? ? these
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