Forming Associations

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A brother writes – “I am preaching the doctrine of restitution and God is blessing my labors; now if I should wish to form an association of those who believe as we do, what course will I pursue?”

I would answer – Don’t do it; don’t form any association. If “the love of the truth” will not hold you together, nothing will. If you possess “the unity of the spirit” (Ephesians 4:3), you do not need outward organization; if you have not that unity, organization is worse than useless, it is positively harmful, because it fosters the sectarian spirit. Do not form a sect, but cultivate the pilgrim spirit; we are not of this world; our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20).

Arthur P. Adams (1847-1925)
The Spirit of the Word
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Bible Harmony
Judgment and the Doctrine of Eternal Hell
The Purposes of God
The True Basis of Redemption
Truth vs. Orthodoxy
The Spirit of the Word

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