NO PERFECT CHURCH
1. Is it in the Bible?
2. What do we believe it means?
After you are saved you should join a church. But, when you see wrong things in this church don't leave--do your best to ignore it--and don't try to find another another--since there is no perfect church.
3. What does it really mean?
this is often one of those "common sense" things that is often said by prominent Christians. It's meant to maintain the status quo of the church. It's meant to discourage that ugly thing--"church-hopping".
However, it is wrong.
There is a perfect example and we are sure that no Christian would disagree.
What about Jesus?
what about his ministry and His example of functioning? couldn't we say Jesus gave us a perfect example? And the Bible tells us to follow His example....
"Be ye imitators of me, even as I also am of Christ." (1Corinthians 11:1)
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:" (1Peter 2:21)
In the Bible, a church is described. Was it a perfect church? No--however it clearly was much closer to the example Jesus gave. And the new testament gives clear doctrine that tells us how the church should operate. (this is the subject of most of Paul's' letters) We often use the examples and doctrine in Paul's letters as "personal enrichment"--but in many areas he is spelling out operational principles for all the church to follow. We should take these doctrines more seriously.
Yes,. there is "no perfect church" in the earth today--but--why do all churches act as if they are perfect?
joining a church, by the tradition we follow--is much like becoming a citizen of a country. whether we realize it or not, we accept a type of human government when we join a church. We accept a set of preordained definitions of functions and "ministry". In most churches there is no change or growth in understanding in these areas. the human government in place is presumed to be correct--and to question it, or the function of the "Sunday service" is comparable to questioning the authority of the president of the United States (maybe even worse than that!).
The main point is that there is no change or growth in this area. No learning. No development. And this brings about ritual--repetitiveness.
By no means am I saying that I know all the right rules! In fact--that is the point. Christians should meet together with he openness that would allow God to operate us.
We should all agree, that jesus gave the perfect example.
the church in he Bible was open to change. It was open to learning and advice--and was striving to grow toward this high example that Christ had demonstrated.
Why should we accept less in our church today?