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THE APOSTOLATE

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Word comes to the soul to-day as the testiwhat they have seen and heard and handled of the Word By virtue of this testimony souls are inwardly wrought of Life. upon, and by their being incorporated into the body of Christ they become manifest. And this fellowship becomes manifest as a fellowship with the very body of which the apostles are the leaders, in whose persons and in the persons of whose associates the Holy Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost. In fact, the apostolic

mony

of

We know

that this view, or this confession rather, is in direct

opposition to the view of Methodism,* which has pervaded all classes

and conditions of men.

And

apparent in various ways.

preciation of the sacrament;

church fellowship

;

it

is

become

killed the conscious ap-

cold and

indifferent

toward

has cultivated an unlimited disregard for truth

it

And

in the confession.!

the deplorable results have

Methodism has

while the Lord our

God has deemed

it

necessary to give us a voluminous Holy Scripture, consisting of

Methodism has boasted that

six-and-sixty books,

it

could write

its

Gospel upon a dime.

This error can not be overcome except the again our Teacher and we

its

docile scholars.

Word of God become And then we shall

learn (i)

floods (2)

Not that a few isolated persons are being rescued from the of iniquity, but that a body will be redeemed. That all that are to be saved will be incorporated into that

body. (3) That this body has Christ as permanent leaders. (4) That on Pentecost the Holy

its

Head and

Spirit

the apostles as

was poured out

its

into that

body.

That even now each of us experiences the gracious operaHoly Spirit only through fellowship with this body. Only when these things are clear to the soul, the glorious word of Christ, " Father, I pray not for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word" will be well under(5)

tions of the

* See section f

The

5

in the Preface.

truth of this

nent of Methodism.

is

It

Trans.

apparent in the Salvation Army, the latest expodenies the sacraments, stands isolated from the

churches, and does not seem to care for truth in the confession, for

no confession.

Trans.

it

has

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 183

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