The Church and Her Problems

Posted: November 30, 2017 in Blog
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I think there are three great faults in the Church of God at large, as a body, from which those who are in Heaven are entirely free. Those three are,—a want of love to one another; a want of love to souls; and a want of love to Jesus Christ.” These are the words of C.H. Spurgeon, in a message he delivered, The Faultless Assembly on the evening of December 18th, 1853.

Quotefancy-2185556-3840x2160Eighteen hundred years after the church began these faults existed, as they did when the church was first formed, and they still exist to this day. The faultless church will only exist in glory. Ironically, in light of modern insistence to the contrary, the problems inherent within the church have remained the same through every generation of the church, as has the condition of mankind; there is nothing new under the sun. Even a cursory view of the New Testament will reveal all manner of conflict, correction of error, and great imperfection that arose in the early church. The obvious problems of today are no different from then, and the Word of God is timeless and applicable across every generation. It is a shortsighted-romantic-ideal to think that the early church was nothing but tongues of fire, all night prayer meetings, and massive crowds converted to Christ.

The Westminster Confession of Faith states, “The… Church hath been sometimes more, sometimes less, visible. And particular Churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administered, and public worship performed more or less purely in them.” (25.4) “The purest Churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error: and some have so degenerated as to become apparently no Churches of Christ. Nevertheless, there shall be always a Church on earth, to worship God according to his will.” (25.5)

Gathering with the church should not serve the purpose of blown smoke up our backside, so that we might feel better about ourselves. The church gathers around God’s Word and when that happened the Word pierces, divides, and discerns the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Effectively the gospel being preached steps on toes and ruffles feathers. The church needs that, and the true church longs for that.

Of course gathering with the church to hear about your faults is not listed on anyone’s bucket list. Guaranteed no one writes, “go to church to expose my faults” on their to do list. Yet there is something satisfying in hearing the Word of God preached, as a follower of Christ, where the aroma of life creeps into the dark caverns of our lives and exposes the darkness to the light. If we are but willing in Christ to receive the Word of God meekly implanted it will save our very souls, (James 1:21) forming us into the spotless bride of Christ, (Ephesians 5:25-27).

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