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A society loses its way

08 November 2013

November 7th, 1913.

MANY persons will share our grave dissatisfaction with the result of the annual general meeting of the Society of Emmanuel, which was held on Tuesday. This Society was formed eight years ago for the revival in the Church of the ministry of healing, and membership was limited to communicant Churchpeople. Of late, the "moral monster" of Undenominationalism has invaded the Society, and, by a resolution passed at Tuesday's meeting, it was decided to throw open its doors to professing Christians, subject to the test that they shall acknowledge our Lord's Deity and Incarnation. We greatly regret that the Society has thus extended its borders. Its object, as we said, was to help the revival in the Church of the neglected ministry of healing, and, as we conceive, it ought to have remained faithful to its first principles. As it is, we shall expect to see the withdrawal or avoidance of its membership by Churchpeople, and the Society captured for Undenominationalism. This ministry of healing cannot be separated from the Sacraments of the Church, but, if its members are henceforth to be drawn from a variety of sects, some of which may even deny the need of Sacraments at all, there is no knowing what extravagances and eccentricities of teaching the Society may not ultimately be led to adopt.

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