The Church: F.D. Maurice

The one difference which we have already discovered between the world and those whom He chooses out of it, is that they confess a Centre, and that the world confesses none; that they desire to move, each in his own orbit about this Centre, and that the world acknowledges only a revolution of each man about himself.  The world, indeed, cannot realize its own principles.  it must have companies, parties, sects, bodies acknowledging some principle of cohesion, aspiring after a kind of unity.  Still, as a world, this is the description of it; and therefore, as a world it must hate all who say, “We are a society bound together not by any law of our own, not by an election of our own, but by God’s law and election.

-F.D Maurice The Gospel of John: a series of discourses (1885) p.392