Blog Template Theology of the Body: Gross!

Friday, September 22, 2006


"Both the old and New Testaments teach that the church does not play a central role in evangelism. It does play a role, but not the central role. Scripture places the central responsibility for evangelism and discipleship in the hands of fathers in the home."

-Voddie Baucham

This makes me so mad. Among 111 references to the pre-eminent mission of the Church in the New Testament (as compared to the 1 sole reference to the "family"- of God- in Ephesians 3), we find the passages below describing the Church to the contrary- as the primary locus of Christ's continuing, evangelizing, sanctifying work in the world. What are these people thinking? If one refuses to do theology with the Church, he will still do theology- but it will be very bad theology. I am just upset that this sort of shennanigan has to go on in Romania...

1 Corinthians 11:22
What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not the same comforts of home? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

Ephesians 3: 22
...And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, and which is the fulness of Him that filleth all in all.

Colossians 1:18
And he is the head of the body, the church, which is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that through the church in all things He might have the preeminence.

1 Timothy 3:15
May you know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.