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Listening to Eusibius’ Church History (listening while I drive for hours), I am struck by the quality of men, women and children of the early Church. They did not have central heating, electricity, cars, planes and trains. Yet the character of men was little different from today.
Perhaps the only difference that can be perceived is social law. I live in America. So the social law I perceive is a burning ember of hatred for God’s things. There are other countries where hatred for God’s things is a raging bonfire. Since America is on the decline from relaxation of its own laws (or a proliferation of nullifying laws and regulations), I can’t believe that it is far in the future when the physical violence we see against Christians disembarks onto our shores.
With this in mind I have been considering what I know about America’s dedication to the Holiness of God. There are striking differences between now and the age of the early Christian Church. There are many differences. But one difference stands out quite starkly.
The Christian Church today (this includes Catholics) is rather inclusive. All you have to do to be counted as a Christian within their walls is speak a few words and show up on time and often. With that you are “automatically” considered one of them. The early Church would have considered this level of commitment to Christianity as youthful, elementary, basic and catechismic (as if the person in question is just beginning to learn the basics of the Christian faith).
This was not the case in the early Church. Each one was required to give all they had to the service of the Lord Jesus. They were required to repent (stop doing) from sinful ways. They were required to pray earnestly and often. They were required to learn the Scriptures as if their life depended on it. And I am struck with a certain awe when I listen to the members of the early Church beg for salvation from the Lord. They did not consider salvation to be an automatic warm fuzzy.
The Church today opens its doors to all. And it certainly should. But it requires very little from those who begin to profess faith in Christ Jesus. While there is teaching regarding the Gospel there is little display of The Faith even among the more senior members.
I’m not trying to tear at the fabric of the Church today. I’m simply pointing out a drastic difference between what we were in the first 300 years, and what we have become today. And I will take note that there is exceedingly little persecution pressing on the members of the Church in America today. It is possible that this can change in the blink of an eye. Especially with the current trends of compromise between the leaders of our country and the islamics.
We will see what happens. But I urge my brothers and sisters to dig into the history of the Church and take a look at who we were from the beginning. What we are not is like a man who never ventures into the sunshine; pale, listless, over weight, and sullen. Please give this serious consideration. The time to prepare for service is not at the moment of calling. Practise brings the servant to his toes when called.
By His Grace.