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The Brethren and the Brotherhood.

The Brethren and the Brotherhood.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE HODGES

There is a great difference between loving the
brethren and loving the brotherhood. St. Peter,
writing his &rst epistle, commends his Christian
disciples in the first chapter because they love the
brethren ; in the second chapter he exhorts them
to love the brotherhood. The brotherhood is the
society of the brethren. The brotherhood is the
Church.
BY GEORGE HODGES

There is a great difference between loving the
brethren and loving the brotherhood. St. Peter,
writing his &rst epistle, commends his Christian
disciples in the first chapter because they love the
brethren ; in the second chapter he exhorts them
to love the brotherhood. The brotherhood is the
society of the brethren. The brotherhood is the
Church.

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THE BRETHREN AND THE BROTHERHOOD. BY GEORGE HODGES There is a great difference between loving the brethren and loving the brotherhood. St. Peter, writing his &rst epistle, commends his Christian disciples in the first chapter because they love the brethren ; in the second chapter he exhorts them to love the brotherhood. The brotherhood is the society of the brethren. The brotherhood is the Church. One of the notable contrasts between the apos-tles Peter and Panl, and their snccessors, the popes, the prelates, and the presbyters, is their attitude toward the Church. The New Testa-ment takes but little account of institutions. So indefinite is the New-Testament record of the dis-cipline, the worship, and the government of the apostolic company of Christians that the Roman-ist, the Episcopalian, the Presbyterian, the Baptist can each say, "My way is the old way"; and each one can support his claim by excellent arga-
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r.bv Google THE BRETHREN AND THE BEOTHEEHOOD. 103 mente out of the same Scriptures. The truth is that nobody knows what the old way was. It is as lost as the old table and the old chairs in the upper room in which the Church began. Just how St. Paul set things in order at Corinth, no man can say. Probably St. Paul weis guided on that occasion, and on most other occasions, by the principle of opportunism. Htj did that which the opportunity demanded. He was a great deal more eoneemed with getting the truths of the Christian religion into the hearts and lives of men than he was with any particular way of doing it. Any way to help men ! Any way to save the souls of men ! St. Paul cared more for the brethren than be did (or the brotherhood. On the other hand, there were some people in Jerusalem, as there have been a great many peo-ple in a great many places since, who seemed' to think that men ought to he helped only in the
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one old way. Whoever would be saved must keep the law of Moses. Really, I suppose, they believed that nothing else would effectually help men. They laid such emphasis, however, on the old way that the supreme purpose of religion seemed to be not so much to make people better as to make them better by a particular process. No-body had any business to be good in any other way. To bring in any new method was to en-r.bv Google 104 THE BBETHREK AND THE BBOTHEKHOOD. danger the whole system of religion. These people wanted to fumiEih the chancels of all the ChiistiaD churches with a table and a set of diairs made exactly like those which had stood at Pentecost on the floor of the upper room. They were against any man who suggested that, although that furniture answered excellently for Jerosalem, something else might do better for
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