Chapter 26, Of the Communion of the Saints, says “being united to one another in love, they have communion in each other’s gifts and graces, and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as to conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man. (WCF 26:1)
The Alienist imputes to any mention of unity a mandate of borderless metropolitanism banning all distinction, so they take passages such as this as their vindication. But a careful reading of it in abeyance of modern assumptions tenders a precisely opposite doctrine.
Scripturally speaking, being ‘united in love’ nowhere abrogates distinction — no more between man and wife than between the members of the Godhead. For their unity and diversity are co-ultimates. This view which Alienists now profess not to recognize is simply the trinitarian view. And the only basis of coherence itself. The alternative, which the Old School Presbyterians referred to as ‘social Unitarianism’, would more precisely be identified by T. Robert Ingram as monism. According to the general definitions, “Substance monism…
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