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[Watchman.]

The ecclesiastical rulers regarded Christ with suspicion and were jealous of his tremendous popularity and influence, His disregard of their rules and restrictions made them hateful in their treatment of him. He made light of rules that prevented his reaching the people. As his mission grew in its sweep and power, he came to the stage where he had to commission his disciples, crude though they were and far from being capable apostles; but they had his spirit and imparted his power. This experience of Christ with the outside multitudes has been often repeated. The very churches that stand in his name lose or alienate through one cause and another great numbers of people. The mass of people outside the church sometimes increases as time goes on. One reason for this is that the members of the church lose love. They become imbued with ideas of the church itself as an institution. They exalt unduly the ordinances and regulations of religion. They become religiously high-minded, placing great emphasis upon correct religious conduct and the faithful observance of church requirements. However excellent this may be, the sad fact appears that there are multitudes outside unreached and unsaved.

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