Jesus said that he loved the Church, and that he gave himself for it—the Church was an important aspect of the intent he had when he suffered at his atoning work. The Apostle Paul, whom we are called to imitate, considered the Church of great importance. He suffered many things for it and considered his greatest sin to be the persecution of members of the Church. Many books have been written on the Church—generally speaking, they are written on the life of the local church, its fellowship, the things that can be done to grow its membership.
However, the scriptural doctrine of the Church has not come in for any great amount of emphasis. In spite of the great deal of activity in churches, the current state of the Church is not very healthy. There is a great deal of superficiality, a lot of shallowness, and it is permitted to…
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