Looking for Authentic Churches? (a glance into the past offers a helpful reminder)

I am reading about Baptist history and this morning I came across this golden nugget from our past. It’s the 26th article from the Second London Confession of 1689:

“The purest churches under heaven are subject to mixture, and error; and some have degenerated as to become no Churches of Christ, but Synagogues of Satan; nevertheless, Christ has always had, and ever shall have a Kingdom, in this world, to the end thereof, of such as believe in him, and make profession in his name.”

Still so relevant for us today. We sometimes tend toward focusing on our denominational differences when what ultimately matters is whether a church’s sole point of existence is seen as glorifying the Father through the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. If a church truly seeks to follow Jesus, it will consistently, if imperfectly, follow his example and God will be glorified through its work. 

Conversely, if a church seeks something other than this, it can be expected that it will eventually be difficult to distinguish it from the world into which it was placed to change.

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