THE CHURCH OR CHRIST?

Worthy members of all Christian churches will applaud the ring of loyalty recently expressed by a conscientious church-member in the following words: "Personally, I love my church and her sacraments too much ever to give her up, but I welcome gladly anything within her province that can be of use to any living soul in any way-spiritually, mentally, or physically." In spite, however, of the writer's evident sincerity, the thoughts expressed reveal an attitude that prompts the question: Which comes first, a church or Christ?

Analysis of the above statement would lead to the conclusion that so far as this individual is concerned the church seems to come first, else he would not feel the necessity of casting about to bring new departures "within her province." We are thus led to inquire, Is church-membership prompted by a wish to get as much as possible out of the church sacraments and other ordinances, or is it impelled by the desire to surrender self and through spiritual regeneration to attain to Truth and broaden one's influence for good in the service of mankind? Again, which is the more important, to accept the doctrines of the church of our affiliation, and never to question its teaching, or to think, to seek ever for Truth, to decide for oneself; to walk, however falteringly, in the Master's footsteps, by overcoming one's own sins and aiding others to conquer theirs, and through this spiritual growth to attain that understanding of God which alone enables us to heal the sick?

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