Four Tragic Shifts in “Church”

Article : Four Tragic Shifts – 180-400 A.D.

But the issue still is not what type of place believers gather, but what shape their committed life together takes as they wrestle with the many duties and privileges flowing out of the priesthood of all believers. …

Is your heart burdened by the chasm between the original work of the Spirit and the hardened institution that quickly emerged in the post-apostolic days? Does it bother you that most of what we associate with ‘church’ has little to do with the New Testament, and more to do with patterns that reflect a drift away from it? …

The needs of people are subordinated to the maintenance of religious bureaucracy. …

Constantine set in motion the ideal of a territorial state religion with Christianity at the helm. This ideal was the death knell of all that the Gospel stood for. It signalled the end of believers gathering separately from the pagan culture as a counter-culture where the way of Christ was displayed in simplicity. …

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My questions: What is the church? What has happened to move us from our roots? What do we need to change/do?

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