Chapter Eight: The Ministry of the Discipline of Life and Manners

The discipline of life and manners consists in this, that not only the public ministers of the churches (though these principally), but even individual Christians should exercise care for their neighbours. By the authority and magisterium of our Lord Jesus Christ, each person should strengthen and advance his neighbours, wherever this is possible, and urge them to progress in the life of God, as his disciples, in his faith and knowledge. And if any fall into the error of doctrine or some vice of life or manners, whoever can with utmost zeal recall such persons from all false doctrine and depraved activity, both for the purity of Christian doctrine and the sedulous conformity of all life to the will of God.

By Martin Bucer

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