Christian Origins #75

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This entry is part 75 of 96 in the series Christian Origins

No matter how you slice it, a church is, always has been, and always will be a political institution. And let me be sure you understand what I mean by political. The word has to do with the exercise of power in the governance of an entity. Usually, we think of this in terms of the state, but it applies to any community of people who band together.

Now here is the problem that all this creates. The mere forming of a church creates, automatically, power. I suspect that is the intent of building a church—to generate power through the working together of many people, each doing what he does best. You don’t build an entire house with concrete workers. You need a team with different skills.

The saints had a job to do, and the formation of a church seems to have been intended to facilitate that job. The problem, though, is familiar to us all. Power corrupts. The larger the church is, the greater the power and the greater the likelihood of corruption.

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Ronald L. Dart

Ronald L. Dart (1934–2016) — People around the world have come to appreciate his easy style, non-combative approach to explaining the Bible, and the personal, almost one-on-one method of explaining what’s going on in the world in the light of the Bible. After retiring from teaching and church administration in 1995 he started Christian Educational Ministries and the Born to Win radio program.

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