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Michigan

Macomb County

The nature of the kingdom of heaven, as well as the New Testament presents the following principles: (1) subjection to the will of God, how' ever revealed; (2) fellowship, which unites holiness and churches; (3)' purity, which excludes unholiness from the church; (4) unity, which'-', makes all holiness and churches one in visible manifestation; and (5) independence, by which each local church has full power to manage all ¦ its affairs. The last is peculiar to our polity, the preceding four we share in common with all other polities. Hence we differ from them only in making the local church independent under Christ, and in what this involves. To Congregationalism each principle has a development into practices which we will now consider. 1. Practices arising from the principle of obedience, or subjection to the divine will. This principle is common. The Roman Catholics find that will revealed in the Bible, in tradition, in the decrees of general councils, and now in the Pope. The Greek church finds it in the Bible and tradition; the Quakers in an inner light; but the Protestants gener ally find it exclusively in the Bible.

Early Macomb County


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