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The Church, however, is a self-governing society, distinct from the State, having its officers and laws, and, therefore, an administrative government of its own. Charles Hodge#Society 51
Charles Hodge#Society 51
All Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit; therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power. But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church, and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power. Charles Hodge#Power 43
Charles Hodge#Power 43
If the Church is a living body united to the same head, governed by the same laws, and pervaded by the same Spirit, it is impossible that one part should be independent of all the rest. Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 43
Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 43
The Church is everywhere represented as one. It is one body, one family, one fold, one kingdom. It is one because pervaded by one Spirit. We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become, says the apostle, on body. Charles Hodge#Family 31
Charles Hodge#Family 31
Ruling elders are declared to be the representatives of the people. Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 26
Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 26
The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all. Charles Hodge#Age 24
Charles Hodge#Age 24
All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer to the brethren of a particular church, require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord. Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 22
Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 22
So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure, or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent, but actively cooperate. They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy. Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 21
Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 21
The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God. Charles Hodge#Faith 19
Charles Hodge#Faith 19
The Galatians are severely censured for giving heed to false doctrines, and are called to pronounce even an apostle anathema, if he preached another gospel. Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 16
Charles Hodge#Uncategorized 16
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