Saturday, October 9, 2010

Schismatics

Quoting Hollaz:  “Are schismatics true members of the church? I answer: Those who knowingly, willingly, maliciously, contrary to their own conscience, and moved by admiration of their own virtues and the purpose to offend others, incite trouble in the church, are not true members of the church.  Schismatics, properly so called, are those who voluntarily and deliberately separate themselves from the church and cause divisions in it without any just cause, purposing only to disrupt its unity. (C.F.W. Walther—The True Visible Church and the Form of a Christian Congregation Pg. 31-32)

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