Excerpt from Orthodox Congregationalism and the Sects
So very recondite, as to be eliminated only by the most scholarly investigation. That polity, what ever it is, must be expected to lie upon the sur face of the record, inasmuch as it was designed for universal use. It is a fact admitted by all, that the polity indicated by the sacred writers, is nowhere in the New Testament elaborated into a system. There is no professed treatise on the subject. All that is said about it is isolated and fragmentary; nothing structural and complete. These scattered indications must then be brought together, and interpreted by the soundest canons of exegesis, by the Obvious intent of a church polity, and by its adaptation to society in its various stages Of culture and under all forms Of civil government, and to the great work of Spread ing the Gospel over the earth.
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