Friday, September 23, 2005

Longing for the good old days?

Doc Steve looks at problems in the church over the perspective of the centuries:

Does your church have problems? Do the members get along, or do they argue like little kids. Wasn't there a time when the church was different, a time when they got along or resolved their problems like adult Christians? Don't be so naive.

There never was a golden age of the church. There never was a time when the doctrine was pure, the love warm and the fellowship supportive of each other.

The church of Jesus Christ exists to share the Good News with the whole world. It is made up of sinful, faltering, uncertain saints, washed in the blood of the Lamb. And these uncertain saints bring their own biases, their own troubles, their own fears to the church. And they are the instrument God has chosen to reach the world with His love.

Imagine that---God can use flawed instruments like us. Believe it.

2 Comments:

Anonymous j. Hemley said...

With respect I must disagree. I have had a divisive bickering church and now have a peaceful and powerful church with none of that. Amazingly it is the same church. After a hot season of preaching the Word undefiled about 40 people got up and left; now for 1.5 years we have had peace. The leadership decided back then we would not allow nor participate in any devisiveness. I'd be a fool to think we will never have another problem but I can say it is possible to have a family that does not fight; I have seen it with my own eyes.

1:25 AM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Glad to hear things are going well at your congregation, J. Thanks for visiting.

2:47 PM, October 01, 2005  

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