Churches will never draw together so long as they argue about the ordination of their ministers, the form of church government, the administration of the sacraments and all the rest of it. The one thing on which they can all come together is the fact that all of them are seeking to win men and women for Jesus Christ.
I couldn't believe what I was reading!
How could Barclay have written so aptly about what the PC(USA) is going through today?
Barclay first penned these words in 1955. And as true it was then, the church will only get its act together and start living as the church when the church seeks to win men and women for Jesus Christ. That's the primary purpose of the church.
There are many other good reasons for the church exist, but the primary reason why the church exists is to win men and women for Jesus Christ.
It's not that all the other reasons for the church to exist - fellowship, accountability, social justice, etc. - are not bad reasons. They all have their place. They are all good things. They are all necessary things for the church to be healthy. But they are not the primary reason for the church.
I long to be a part of a church and a denomination that is known most of all for its zeal to make Jesus Christ known to men and women who do not know him yet as Lord and Savior of the world.
As long as we forget that and continue to argue about ordination standards and the form of government, I am afraid we will continue our downward spiral into irrelevance.