Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Don't Bash the Bride

Dave Devries in his blog, writes, Don't Bash the Bride.
It seems like Christians are always wanting to fix the church and make the church better. I'm not convinced that the church is all that God designed her to be yet, however, I'm confident that Jesus is still at work as He said He would - "I will build My church."

The next time you are tempted to just rip on the church and its problems, consider this wise counsel from Neil Cole: Organic Church
Don't bash the bride no matter how ugly she looks to you. If you start attacking the bride, sooner or later you're going to have to take on the Groom, and I don't think you want that!
It's a good caution & reminder - even while wanting the church to be all that God wants his Bride to be.


Virgil Vaduva said...

This is a really good observation, in fact to me it seems like "the church" is mostly a first-century occurrence, an elect group of people meant to bring about the fullness of God's presence and glory.

The Confessor said...

ummmm? Is recognizing and stating that the Bride is a whore the same as "bashing"?

Virgil Vaduva said...

Nate, are you referring to the description in Revelation? The "whore" description is used in relation for the city of Jerusalem (Babylon) in particular and Israel in general - in contrast with the immaculate Church ready for Christ to come and redeem.

Also, take a look at Isaiah 1:21: "How the faithful city has become a harlot, she who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, but now murderers."

pastor mike said...

virgil, do you want to expand a little on what you mean by "the church" is mostly a first-century occurrence?