Two 19th Century Women Promoted Participatory Church

These two 19th Century women promoted participatory church:

Florence Booth of The Salvation Army said:  “The greatest care is needed that a sense of the value of testimony should be preserved throughout The Army. Salvationism is neither comforting nor complete without testimony. The testimony of the convert should be encouraged. I know what a strength it was to me that, directly I came in contact with The Salvation Army and was converted, there was the opportunity to testify. What rich blessing was mine when my first trembling words were uttered in public to say what God had done to my soul! I hope the young officers will encourage the testimony of the convert. I think it important to let converts say at once what God has done for them. This committal of themselves greatly strengthens their faith.”

Ellen G. White of the Seventh Day Adventists said:  “Sermons have been in great demand in our churches.  The members have depended upon pulpit declamations instead of on the Holy Spirit.  Unused, the spiritual gifts bestowed on them have dwindled into feebleness.”

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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