“See how they love one another” Tertullian
For in no time, they lavish their all.” -Lucian of Samosata
To what extent has your experience of God’s love for you created an expressive love for the people around you?
Over time, the church exchanged MISSION for INSTITUTION.
The church stopped being a passionate, no holds barred pursuit of those outside of it. It shifted and became focused on those within. The church became a place you went on Sunday morning.
Martin Luther said, “this word 'priest' should become as common as the word Christian” because all Christians are priests. HOWEVER, change that occurred in the Reformation was largely soteriological, not ecclesiastical; that is to say, the church rediscovered the life-changing truth of the gospel, without rediscovering the life-changing truth about the church and how it was to be structured.