The Church   1 comment

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Above:  St. John’s Methodist Church, Augusta, Georgia

Image Created by the Historic American Buildings Survey

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ga0282.photos.054648p/)

Reproduction Number = HABS GA,123-AUG,56–33

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EDITOR’S COMMENT:

If I read item #3 correctly, it is a reference to the doctrine of Christian Perfection, something I did not affirm when I was a Methodist.  And now that I am an Anglo-Lutheran-Catholic Episcopalian, I still reject it.  Yet perhaps I am misinterpreting that item.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

AUGUST 9, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Matt. 16, 18

Jesus gladly endorses Peter’s confession.  He knows it only by revelation in answer to faith.  Now Christ has found faith in Himself and can found his ecclesia.

1.  The foundation is Christ.  He founded it on faith in Himself.  He is the chief cornerstone.  Save for Him there would be no church.  He is the inspiration of its work and worship.  His place in the church is secure.  It is hopelessly committed to Him.  He sits on high sending messages to the churches and dispensing the fullness of his grace to it.

2.  The character of the church is social.  It is amongst men–social beings–and for their good.  Hence [it] seeks those conditions that will be most helpful.  This is sufficient authority for the adoption of any expedient.

Different branches exert a helpful influence upon each other.  All may be Israel though of different tribes.  It uses ritual only for spiritual means.

3.  Its destiny.

The perfection of character.  A perfect man [is] the highest product of the gospel and all may be such.

But he who said the gates of death should not prevail, bade the church give the gospel to all the world.  Christ through the church shall yet take this old world and heaven will sing harvest home.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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In item #1 my great-grandfather wrote:

The foundation is Christ.

Then he placed an asterisk by “Christ.”  There is a matching asterisk at the bottom of the page.  At this second asterisk are these words:

“Rock” in scripture is always deity.–Morgan

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