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Michigan

Macomb County

4. Practices arising from the principle of unity. This principle seeks to manifest the oneness of the kingdom of God in visible union, to heal all breaches in the visible churches. It would make fellowship complete. We present a form of union in our conference system which can make the churches of the whole earth one without the loss of their liberties. 5. Practices arising from the principles of independence. This is the constitutive principle of our polity. It subordinates the preceding into harmony with itself; it makes the local church the depository of all ecclesiastical authority; since the apostles it has the power of the keys; a church manages its own affairs, gives the final issue to discipline; in short, acts as an independent body under Christ. From this brief exposition we learn (1) that Congregationalism is " a church system" as consistent, as logical, as complete, as adequate, as symmetrical as any other system, while it has a divine warrant in Matt. xviii: 15-18;

Early Macomb County


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