Concerning the Visible Unity of the Church

Unity should be evident in the way Christians talk to and about one another, in forbearance and forgiveness, in fellowship of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. It involves a recognition of our brotherhood in baptism and a practice of table fellowship. It is a unity in faith, in life, in practice, in water and bread. An invisible unity is not a biblical unity. Visible division is incompatible with the New Testament’s portrayal of the church.

– Peter Leithart, The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church, p. 21 (emphasis added).


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