The Church by Enoch PondThe Church by Enoch Pond

The Church

byEnoch Pond

Paperback | February 9, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1837 Excerpt: ... ous forms which have been substituted in its place. Where shall we look for churches more efficient and flourishing, than those of the first century and a half of the Christian era? And where, since that period, shall we look for churches more efficient and flourishing, than those of the Congregationalists and Baptists of England and America? To be sure, there have been occasional breaches of fellowship; but these have resulted rather from misapprehension, or a want of brotherly love, than from any inherent defect of ecclesiastical organization. Of course, the proper remedy for them is to be sought in a better understanding of our peculiar principles, and in an increase of the spirit of love, and not in a departure from that form of church government which we believe to have been sanctioned by Christ and his apostles. SECTION VII. Powers and Rights of a Church. 1. Every church has a right to elect its own officers. This is a natural, inherent right of all voluntary associations. Who would call in question the right of any other voluntary society to organize itself, by the election of such officers as its constitution required? And who can, with any reason, deny this right to churches, unless indeed it be expressly denied to them by the Saviour? But this right, so far from being denied to the churches by Christ and his apostles, is, as we think, expressly granted to them. The churches were accustomed to elect their officers in the presence and under the eye of the apostles themselves. When an individual was to be appointed to fill the place of Judas, the disciples chose txeo from among their number, one of whom was designated by lot to be numbered with the apostles. Acts 1: 23. When deacons were to be appointed in the church at Jerusalem, these were first ch...
Title:The ChurchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217074243

ISBN - 13:9780217074247