Church: The Glory and the Shame

Said one demon to another:

“One of our great allies at present is the church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes our boldest tempters uneasy. But fortunately it is quite invisible to these humans.”
(from C. S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters, cited in Alan Jacobs, The Narnian, 217)

Brothers, surely one of our tasks is to help our people see the church as she is in Christ – terrible as an army – and to lead that church in living up to what Christ has made her. It is sadly too often the case that the church today is a great ally of the Devil. The point of the labor for the purity of the church is to see this change. The church will either be the greatest hindrance to the advance of the Kingdom or the greatest tool for its advancement. That is one reason why the work of reformation in local assemblies is so valuable.

Every church would do well to ask the question: With what we do and how we conduct ourselves are we an ally of the Devil or an instrument in the hand of the Mighty God?

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