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nanimity is a word that we do not   method, and ought not to be followed by
               often use. It simply means being   those possessing the divine nature, and
        Uunanimous, of the same mind.        therefore capable of having the mind of
        The NT teaches that the overseers have   Christ (2Peter 1:4; 1Cor 2:16), in Whose
        the most to do with assembly decisions,   working mistakes are unknown.”
        but how good it is when the overseers   Every book of the NT has something to
        themselves are unanimous! The unanimity   encourage unanimity, or at least something
        of the overseers in every important deci-  to help us get along with one another,
        sion inspires unanimity among the saints.   which is essential to being of the same
        Every believer in the assembly should be   mind.
        considered in the desirability of unanimity.  Matthew: “Whosoever shall say, Thou
          The late G. H. Lang wrote an excellent   fool, shall be in danger of hell fire (or
        book, The Churches of God. In that book he   “the Gehenna of fire” Matt 5:22, KJV).”
        has a very important article entitled, “Una-  Since our relationship with others is so
        nimity: A Divine Rule of Church Order and   important, the next verse says, “Therefore
        Christian Cooperation.”              if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there
          He wrote, “A question of the highest   rememberest that thy brother hath ought
        importance is whether the Word of God   against thee; Leave there thy gift before the
        sanctions the deciding of matters by a   altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to
        majority vote of the believers concerned,   thy brother, and then come and offer thy
        or whether the Lord does not rather teach   gift” (5:23, 24, KJV). God’s Word clearly
        us to defer judgment until one undivided   teaches that worship comes before service.
        judgment is reached. Is it not among other   Here, the Lord Jesus tells us something that
        reasons, to guard against the mistakes in-  comes before worship: A right relationship
        evitably arising from haste that the Lord   with our brother.
        wishes His people to defer decision until   Probably most in assembly fellowship
        unanimity is reached? A method which   appreciate the words, “For where two or
        is as likely to lead to a wrong as it is to   three are gathered together in My Name
        guide to a right decision cannot be a divine   there am I in the midst of them” (Matt

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