Is the church’s single-minded emphasis upon rescuing souls hampering the growth of the church?
For many individuals this will seem like a very controversial question and whom would say that obviously the more souls that are saved, the larger the growth of the church. However, I would like to question that assumption and suggest that this mindset hampers an individual’s spiritual growth.
“In a formulation associated with Lutheranism [and other right wing Protestant churches], the intentions of God are said to be a sword that has two edges, the church and the state. They work together when wielded by God’s authority, i.e., those who are in authority are God’s chosen ones to rule. On the left wing, the Free Churches try to be precisely that-free from the state. They say that the nation-state and the community of believers are never the same and that their foundations are entirely different. This view is most notable in those of the Free Church expression known as “the peace churches.” They are pacific, but their pacifism should be seen not merely as an opposition to war alone but to any and all actions of the state binding on the community of belief. They would see the Lutheran “two-edged sword” as indistinguishable from Catholic medievalism, and they oppose the notion of a sacral society (“Christendom”) in all its parts. Or the centrist Protestants, things are not quite so clear. Reformed and Presbyterian churches tend not to see the church and state bound as closely as the Lutherans and Anglicans, but they do see the proper role of secular authority as supportive of sacred purpose. While believing in the institutional separation of church and state, they nevertheless seek to promote the impact of religion on society.” – History Through the Eyes of Faith
22 And God placed all things under [Christ’s] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Since Christ fills everything, and the church is the fullness of him, then there can be no separation of church and state. I think the church is symbolic, in this passage, of all Christians, not a certain denomination. So Christians, according to the Bible, should not have to separate their views from their job, schooling, or politics. This is because they, in Christ, fill everything in every way. Therefore, in contrast, their views should soak their job, schooling and politics.