Editorials -- By: Anonymous
BSac 108:432 (Oct 51) p. 385
In view of the ecumenical emphasis today may it not be well to rethink denominationalism? Surely it is natural for people to divide themselves according to class and national distinctions, emotional or intellectual makeup, commercial and recreational interests. Perhaps, then, Christian divisions but follow the pattern of life in general, despite manifold segregating. Between the various groups many a conflict has arisen, yet how could it be otherwise when nation continually falls out with neighboring nation and men everywhere clash with one another? Christian people are human beings.
After all, what constitutes a church? Believers have chosen to part company with one another over this question, no doubt, more than over any other. Nevertheless it can be said that the disagreement is not on essentials if such be the case. That granted, along with the facts of natural segregation and of natural harmony among true believers the world over down through the centuries, what can be urged against denominationalism? Organization of some kind must be followed.
A Christian journalist has significant words to say on the whole subject as follows: “To those who question His birth, His death, His resurrection, His ascension Christ comes with the simple request that at least His presence be admitted among us. He stands at the door and knocks. Hence one may find Him with equal certainty in a meeting of Quakers where is silence, or at a Roman Catholic altar where is ceremony, or in a Presbyterian church where is a sermon. It is not the silence, it is not the ceremony, it is not the sermon that draws the Christ, but the congregation. What that congregation believes about baptism or the apostolic succession or even about the mystery of Christ’s own person does not alter His love.
BSac 108:432 (Oct 51) p. 386
One might compare a church with a hospital where are assembled all sorts and conditions of men and women, who are drawn together not by affection for one another, not by a common opinion, but by a common need of and trust in a great physician. Such a physician does not distinguish between his patients, saying to this one that he is too unsound of doctrine to be welcome, and to that one that he has sinned too deeply in his life. No. ‘Him that cometh unto me,’ says He, ‘I will in no wise cast out.’“1
We praise God for the gospel preaching under way in our land and our day. God can bless what is being done. Many have been saved. The work, however, must not stop with soul winning. Converts must be instructed, and that seems to be the point of difficulty at present. Where can the new believers go for Bible teaching? ...
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