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56. Concerning Reformation Through A Break With The Existing Church.  It is more important, if that is possible, that reformation by means of a break with the church has the conviction of sin and guilt as its point of departure, than in reformation through spiritual revival and gradual church renewal.  He who risks a break with the existing church without this consciousness of sin and guilt denounces faith in God’s providential order. 

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(Kuyper is, in this paragraph, discussing church reformation as it involves a break with the denomination. Reformation always begins with an individual or with individuals in a local congregation, but always continually involves the denomination as a whole. The role of a minister is always more serious than that of the ordinary members because his office is at stake.) We come now to the second category which we defined as conflicts with the church federation. That is, we speak of those who are called to church reformation not by a few persons (whether common members or office bearers) but by...

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