The church is not there for its own sake. It is there for the sake of 'Jesus' concern'. All the church's interests -- its continuation in its existing form, the extension of its influence -- must be subordinated to the interests of the kingdom of God. If the spirit and the institutions of the church are in line with God's kingdom, then the church is Christ's church. If they run counter to God's kingdom, the church loses its right to exist and becomes a superfluous religious society.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Kingdom & Church
Jürgen Moltmann points out:
[Jesus Christ for Today’s World (London: SCM, 1994), pg. 27 ]