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Christian Examiner And Advocate Of Civil And Religious Liberty (Newspaper) - February 1, 1847, London, Middlesex THE AND ADVOCATE OF CIVIL AND RELIGIOUS t PRICE PER PAGE On the Communion of Churches The Sabbath and the Railway Home Objects of Philanthropic Effort The Adaptation of the Sabbath to the Natural Clerical Intolerance at in Northamptonshire 404 Bishop of London and New A Noble Eifort to Remove Chapel Debt Christian 404 PAGE To Our 404 Political Examiner Position of The Law of The Duty of Progress of Evangelical Religion in The Waldenses their present The Kingdom of Reviews of Books by Atkinson ON THE COMMUNION OF BY THE THE relation and duties of the churches of Christ to one form at all times a subject of interest and consequence but especially so at this when within and around the churches so much appears to awaken in the devout mind painful In such one of our first duties surely to set our house in To not only whether our heart be ight towards God and our but as we are feeling and acting respecting each other in harmony with the will of and after the example of the apostolic age whether our mutual intercourse is as as as and as confiding as it should in order fully to promote our vigour and prosperity As these inquiries are evidently let us in the light of Scripture enter on the consideration of our mutual claims and obligations as churches of Christ and may we do with a docile and humble that we may inherit the The meek will he guide mjudgcnent the meek will he teach his The apostle when addressing the Corinthian believers on their relation to one I Now are they many yet but one body V which we believe to that the whole number of Christians residing in any whether or although differing in some constituted but one church and that also the one visible catholic church was composed of the total number of such distinct communities throughout the The universal though in a very imperfect still It in cludes all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our both theirs and After the likeness of the human all Christian churches are mutually related and mutually No church ought to live separate and Each has some want which another only can or possesses some faculty which may render it useful to others The eye cannot say unto the 1 have no need of thee nor the head to the I have no need of much more those members of the body which seem to be more are that there should be no schism in the but that the members should have the same care one for Particular wherever and in whatever possess equal and therefore have no authority one over as they are so closely connected being animated by the same and engaged in the same they are bound to watch over each and to seek to advance their mutual Let it not be thought that we are singular in our assertion of these views they have been strongly advocated by the fathers of Owen No church is so independent that it can in all cases perform its duties to Christ and the church catholic without conjunction with And the church that confines its duty to the acts of its own cuts itself off from the external communion of the church nor will it be safe for any man to commit the conduct of his soul to such a Christian being thus intimately ought frequently to commune together in various associating together for the furtherance of those interests that are common to all the They should in order to check the orevalence of to reform unseriptural and to advance the general interests of Christs the members of different churches breaking bread together at the table of the their pastors exercising their gifts in each others relies may communicate together by sending relief to each other m times of Thus the Gentile churches contributed freely to supply the necessity of the poor saints at by their to consult with one another in matters of difficulty which cannot otherwise be Extraordinary occurences may render it impera tive on a particular church to seek the help of sister Owing to the spread of erroneous the neglect of disci or the use of unseriptural forms of strife may prevailIn as in all other every church should try to remedy the evil j but in the event of a last rather than be torn in pieced fay it is better that an appealbe matte to pefghbour ing for counsel and The one of the New England Congregation in a book written in When a church is not able to end any matter which concerns only then they are to seek for counsel and advice from neighbouring Thus the church at Antioch sent messengers to the church at and sought advice about the question of and concerning the false teachers that had privily crept In all these ways churches may hold fellowship without endangering their just An individual does not surrender his rights of or his Christian when he joins a particular although at any time he may be subjected to its Nor is church deprived of one particle of its scriptural when it enters into communion with other although at any if it be found erring in faith or in it might receive from them fraternal advice and No church should abuse its liberty by making it a cloak of We are not permitted to become a law unto ourselves in these Our own taste or convenience must not regulate our intercourse with neighbouring Because others have suffered from despotic are we justified in living and acting alone By no In avoiding one we are not compelled to embrace its Associated churches may advise without When appealed it would be their endeavour to throw light upon point out the way of but not Their decisions would be binding on no church without its own They would be helpers of their joy without lording it over their The Isaac a successor of and pre decessor of in his work on Congregational In cases of difficulties and arising in many churches holding communion together their elders and meet together to consult and advise about the said and report to their respective Howbeit these assemblies as are not trusted with any coercive power or jurisdiction over the to impose their deter minations on them or their The intimate fellowship of neighbouring churches being thus in obvious harmony with the practices of the primitive churches and of our Congregational may we not hope to see
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