Saved by stalemate

When the church splits 50-50
It’s beautiful when the congregational system is humming along—when the church is Spirit-filled, when worshipers are singing to one another in psalms and hymns, submitting to one another, bearing each other’s burdens, enjoying the unity of the faith, sharing bread from house to house and rejoicing continually. When faced with major decisions, the congregation seeks the Lord and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In prayer and copious dialogue, a consensus emerges and the secretary writes in the minutes, “It seemed good to us and to the Holy Spirit to . . .”


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