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bearing of responsibility and the use of liberty. Macaulay: ?The only remedy for the evils of liberty is liberty.? ?Malo periculosam libertatem? ? ?Liberty is to be preferred with all its dangers.? Edwin Burritt Smith: ?There is one thing better than good government, and that is self- government.? By their own mistakes, a self-governing people and a self- governing church will finally secure good government whereas the ?good government? which keeps them in perpetual tutelage will make good government forever impossible.

<19E412> Psalm 144:12 ? ?our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth.? Archdeacon Hare: ?U a gentleman is to grow up, it must be like a tree; there must be nothing between him and heaven.? What is true of the gentleman is true of the Christian. There needs to be encouraged and cultivated in him an independence of human authority and a sole dependence upon Christ. The most sacred duty of the minister is to make his church self-governing and self-supporting and the best test of his success is the ability of the church to live and prosper after he has left it or after he is dead. Such ministerial work requires self-sacrifice and self- effacement. The natural tendency of every minister is to usurp authority and to become a bishop. He has in him an undeveloped pope. Dependence on his people for support curbs this arrogant spirit. A church establishment fosters it. The remedy both for slavishness and for arrogance lies in constant recognition of Christ as the only Lord.

(b) Since each regenerate man recognizes in every other a brother in Christ, the several members are upon a footing of absolute equality ( <402308>Matthew 23:8-10).

<402308> Matthew 23:8-10 ? ?But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, even he who is in heaven?; <431505>John 15:5 ? ?I am the vine, ye are the branches.? No one branch of the vine outranks another. One may be more advantageously situated, more ample in size, more fruitful but all are alike in kind and draw vitality from one source. Among the planets ?one star differeth from another star in glory? ( <461541>1 Corinthians 15:41), yet all shine in the same heaven, and draw their light from the same sun. ?The serving man may know more of the mind of God than the scholar.? Christianity has therefore been the foe to heathen castes. The Japanese noble objected to it, ?because the brotherhood of man was incompatible with proper reverence for rank.? There can be no rightful human lordship over God?s heritage ( <600503>1 Peter 5:3 ? ?neither as lording it over the charge allotted to you, but by making yourselves enemies to the flock?).

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