October 28, 2003

Philip Trower Excerpt --from "Turmoil and Truth"

In relation to the world, the Church or Christian people fulfils somewhat the same role as the tribe of Levi did for the other eleven tribes in Old Testament times, while the relationship of the clergy to laity within the Church is not unlike that within the tribe of Levi between the priests proper who alone could offer the temple sacrifices and the rest of the tribe dedicated to lesser forms of temple service...

Were it possible for a pagan ruler to understand these truths without himself becoming a Christian - that is recognize that the fidelity or infidelity of his Christian subjects could affect the well-being of his country as a whole - one could imagine him forcing Christians to live up to their own vocation under pain of death.

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