by Bill Muehlenberg
Yes, I know: the church wins, at least in the end. The real church of Jesus Christ will ultimately triumph, because Jesus has risen from the grave, and he promises us a final victory. But as Augustine rightly said, the church in this world is always a mixed body (corpus permixtum).
There are true believers and professing believers. The former he referred to as the church invisible, and the latter, the church visible. As Jesus taught in the parable of the tares (Matthew 13:24-30), the wheat and the tares will grow up together, so there will always be an admixture of the true and the false, the real Christians and the ones in name only.
So of course I refer to the church visible here. The church in the world is in a terrible shape, and often the real problem lies not with our many external enemies and threats, but internal ones. I refer to utterly clueless and biblically illiterate Christians who keep siding with our enemies, and stand against their own faith.
They will come out attacking Christians, while defending every anti-Christian agenda going around. Thus they will side with the homosexual lobby, or with Islam, or with secular humanists, and actually attack Christians who are seeking to take a stand in these areas.
Thus the church becomes its own worst enemy – or at least big parts of it are. And I encounter this on a regular basis because of the work that I do. So let me remind you once again: if you want to live a quiet and peaceful life, don’t do what I do – don’t defend the faith and promote truth in the public arena. It will just make lots of enemies – including those calling themselves Christians.
Let me offer another example of this. Yesterday I wrote a piece on a dhimmi Cathedral in Washington DC which actually invited Muslims in to hold a worship service there. Thankfully one aware and bold Christian woman knew this was just not on, so she got up and proclaimed Jesus Christ as Lord.
For that she was thrown out of the church! I said she was a hero and we need more Holy Ghost-filled believers like her. Has this church not heard of the First Commandment for heaven’s sake? Does it not realise that a Christian worship service will never be held in a mosque? These ‘Christian’ leaders are blind guides leading the blind…
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