The All-Sufficiency of the Name of Jesus
If God has an assembly-and scripture says He has-then let me be with those who maintain its principles, and nowhere else. It must be obvious that where there are several conflicting systems, they cannot all be divine. What am I to do? Am I to be satisfied to take the lesser of two evils? Surely not. What then? The answer is plain, pointed, and direct-the principles of God's assembly or nothing. If there be a local expression of that assembly, well; be there in person. If not, be content to hold spiritual communion with all who humbly and faithfully own and occupy that holy ground. It may sound and seem like liberality to be ready to sanction and go with everything and everybody. It may appear very easy and very pleasant to be in a place 'where everybody's will is indulged, and nobody's conscience is exercised'-where we may hold what we like, and say what we like, and do what we like, and go where we like. All this may seem very delightful-very plausible-very popular-very attractive; but oh! it will be barrenness and bitterness in the end; and, in the day of the Lord, it will assuredly be burnt up as so much wood, hay, and stubble, that cannot stand the action of His judgment.
Extract from 'The Assembly of God or, The All-Sufficiency of the Name of Jesus' by C. H. Mackintosh. Available from Chapter Two.