The church and the Lord: a question of emphasis

The Church cannot save, it cannot heal, it cannot baptize with the Holy Spirit, it cannot lead us into all truth. Only the Lord can do these things. When our emphasis becomes the Church more than the Lord, we have been reduced to worshipping the creation instead of the blessed Creator, and our faith has been reduced to a form of godliness which denies the very power of the gospel. We are not changed by beholding the Church; we are changed as we behold the Lord (II Corinthians 3:18). –Rick Joyner

True, as far as it goes (though even the Lord doesn’t baptize in [note Please note the preposition.] the Holy Spirit today — and did it only twice in the first century –, to lead us into all truth since we now have the testimony of the holy apostles and prophets in the New Testament). Maybe the author, whom I’m not familiar with, wants to say more than what’s here. You can’t be right with the Lord without being a healthy, working member of the body of Christ. The saved are added to the church, so there’s an intimate, essential connection. What one does to the church, one does to Christ.

But after it’s all said and done, I have to agree with his point and, more, acknowledge that a few of my brethren need this perspective.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

What do you think?