A Foolish Concept Read Count : 20
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I do not know when this foolish concept commenced, but many seem to have the thought that the church ought not to have any problems. But do not forget that from the time of the early apostles the Church of God has encountered many difficulties. Do not fancy such difficulties as being abnormal for the local church.The Church since the apostolic days has been marked by many, not a few, tight situations. Let us recall that not long after the day of Pentecost, there occurred the affair of Ananias and Sapphira. This was followed closely by the matter regarding the Hellenistic widows. Not many days after that, Stephen was martyred; and then Peter was jailed. Such problems have continued on without ceasing.So that from ancient times till now, the history of the Church has been full of obstacles and problems. In this regard, we need to look more closely at the seven Asian churches mentioned in Revelation: five of these local churches were corrupted and seemed to have no difficulty; yet one of them received no reprimand—even the church in Smyrna, but it was a suffering, “martyr” church; and there was one church among them that was praised by God—Philadelphia; but interestingly, the Lord said to it, “Thou didst keep the word of my patience” (Rev. 3.10). That is the word of the Lord the Church of God is always to keep—not the word of success, but the word of patience and “steadfastness” (margin).A local church must pass through many difficult times requiring patience in the face of many problems and hardships. Only a worldly church will meet with less hardship. A true church will encounter many problems and some defeats. So never say if a local church is always peaceful and uneventful that that is the sole evidence of the blessing of the Lord.What usually happens is that it is blessed on the one hand and encounters difficulties on the other. A church may undergo many hardships, yet still have the Lord’s blessing.
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