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The Church: Its Organization, Order and Discipline

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    Proper Church Ruling

    In the Testimonies the Lord shows the evils of a wrong course of ruling, and also the right way to rule, or govern: “The worst of it is that often those who ought to understand why such action is out of place, drink in the spirit of the accuser, go to the polluted fountain of suspicion and distrust, and turning from the course justice marks out, are guided by some one’s hearsay of another’s action or character.... Are we to take reports, hearsay, as if they were verity and truth? Are we not to rebuke the talebearer who would make a condemned brother’s course appear as bad as possible.... No one can do the work of reproving and counseling in the way that Christ would have done it, whose heart is not filled with peace and love.”-The Review and Herald, October 24, 1893.COOD 42.4

    “Those who lead out for others to follow must be sure that they are not leading the people to a low standard, by their own want of the power of true godliness. Jesus will not excuse, in those who should be patterns of piety, a cold, loveless religion. He wants you to cultivate a great deal more love and humility. Pray much, and believe much, and frame your conversation so that you will lead the minds of others to devotion, to spirituality,-away from criticism, away from severity,-and to love and respect one another, to true courtesy. Express affection. Express sympathy, and draw close to the bleeding side of Jesus.”-Unpublished Testimony, July 6, 1886.COOD 43.1

    If the rulers in the church have hearts filled with such a spirit, their counsels, like that of John, will ever be of the nature of his loving words, “little children, love one another.”COOD 43.2

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