Paul's Passing Thoughts

No “Perfect” Church Premise Denies New Birth Reality

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on April 7, 2016

I patently reject the premise of this meme that believers are metaphysically the same as the unregenerate. The Bible states unequivocally that believers are the literal offspring of God via the New Birth! This means that believers are indeed “perfect” because they are righteous just as the Father is righteous!

And since the assembly (“church”) is the Body of Christ made up of individual believers who are “perfect”, then it stands to reason that the Body of Christ is “perfect” as well.

But notice the implication that the “church” is a place or an institution and not a Body.  Furthermore, that any evil found in the institutional church should get a pass, because after all, we’re all just totally depraved sinners.  As the meme suggests, believers therefore require the perfect obedience of Christ to “cover” present sin in our lives.  Overall, it is just one more example of Protestantism’s denial of the New Birth as real change.

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