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John Gill on Christian Unity

August 1, 2007

In the Body of Practical Divinity, English Baptist and Calvinist John Gill (1697-1771) lays out responsibilities of church members to one another. The second of these is that they keep the unity. Here are some good remarks. He notes that unity is not an end in and of itself, but that it is grounded in something external to it. In his last point he warns against disturbing this unity through violating the regulative principle.

Secondly, it is incumbent on church members, as much as in them lies, to endeavour to “keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace;” to press to which the apostle uses various arguments in Ephesians 4:3-6.

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  1. August 16, 2007 12:17 am

    Samuel Clear, a 28 year old from Australia, is walking an 18 month pilgrimage across the planet inviting people to join him in praying for the unity of all Christians. Naming the pilgrimage, Walk4One, Sam sold everything he owned to personally fund the journey, and left Australia on December 14, 2006. This began his 29,000km, 564 day, worldwide journey, which will include 18,000kms travelled on foot. Sam is soon to arrive in the US. To read about Sam’s journey, have a look at

  2. October 20, 2009 8:43 pm

    I just read an article on regarding unity in the Catholic Church without cultural uniformity (i.e., as Anglican congregations join while retaining their rites). I then wrote a post about the relationship of unity and doctrinal uniformity. In general terms, does unity require uniformity?

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