"...the attitude of the church toward the Holy Spirit"
With strong emphasis (George Muller) dwelt upon the presiding presence of the Blessed Spirit in all assemblies of saints, and upon the duty and privilege of leaving the whole conduct of such assemblies to his divine ordering; and in perfect accord with such teaching he showed that the Holy Spirit, if left free to administer all things, would lead such brethren to speak at such times and on such themes as he might please; and that, whenever their desires and preferences were spiritual and not carnal, such choice, of the Spirit would always be in harmony with their own.
These views of the Spirit's administration in the assemblies of believers, and of his manifestation in all believers for common profit, fully accord with Scripture teaching (1 Cor. 12; Rom. 12; Eph. 4; etc.). Were such views practically held in the church today, a radical revolution would be wrought and a revival of apostolic faith and primitive church life would inevitably follow. No one subject is perhaps more misunderstood, or less understood, even among professed believers, than the person, offices, and functions of the Spirit of God. John Owen, long since, suggested that the practical test of soundness in the faith, during the present gospel age, is the attitude of the church toward the Holy Spirit. If so, the great apostasy cannot be far off, if indeed it is not already upon us, for there is a shameful ignorance and indifference prevalent as to the whole matter of his claim to holy reverence and obedience.
---from "George Muller of Bristol," by Arthur T. Pierson
Truth! This is anti-clergy, anti-liturgy, anti-formalism, but what it is for is much more important. It is for the Spirit, and this is no inconsequential truth, for submission to the Spirit results in an activation and actualization of the priesthood of believers, which, after these are perfected by men teaching as Muller did, results in the edification of the saints for the works of the ministry, as we are taught in Ephesians 4.
Instead, what do we hear of "the Spirit" in the churches? We hear of tongues-speaking, and of "outpourings of the Spirit." Is that all there is to the Spirit's offices and functions in the assemblies? No, it is not. Indeed the thought is ridiculous, absurd, and patently unbiblical. And not only unbiblical, it manifests unbelief of the New Testament, in particular the book of Acts and the church epistles of 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. The church, as a whole, assents to the doctrine of the sovereignty of the Spirit, and actually believes in it not at all.