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The Church: Its Organization, Order and Discipline

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    Form without Power

    In Christian Education, 50 (1894), we read: “Evil does not result because of organization, but because of making organization everything, and vital godliness of little moment.”COOD 141.1

    This mode of Satan’s scheming was seen anciently. When the Lord had given the people sacrifices to keep fresh in their minds the offering of Christ that was to be made for them, Satan led them to “trust in the sacrifice and ordinances themselves, instead of resting upon him to whom they pointed.”COOD 141.2

    We read again in Christian Education, 134, 136, that “when form and machinery take the pre-eminence, and a laborious task is made of carrying on the work that should be done with simplicity, evil will result, and little will be accomplished in proportion to the effort put forth. The object of organization is just the reverse of all this; and should we disorganize, it would be like tearing down that which we have built up. Evil results have been seen, both in the Sabbath-school work and in the missionary society, because of making much of machinery, while vital experience was lost sight of.”COOD 141.3

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