It is no surprise to me to see how small the response and reaction has been to the question asked in my previous post: “Is a relationship with Jesus apart from His Church an unhealthy one?”. It is a very delicate and personal subject and many are scared to declare what they truly believe about it, because much is at stake if they position themselves one way or another. I do however agree with the comment left by Larry. It all boils down to what it is Jesus meant when he spoke of His Church, His Bride.
I recently read an article in Newsweek written by Andrew Sullivan (“Christianity in Crisis” –http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/04/01/andrew-sullivan-christianity-in-crisis.html ) and there is one statement in it which for me captures much of what is wrong with our understanding of what The Church of Jesus Christ really is and what it truly isn’t. He says: “What is politics if not a dangerous temptation toward controlling others rather than reforming oneself?”
Those who are defenders of the Church System rely for their survival, credibility and following on such Church Politics, but again this system is not the spiritual body of believers Jesus spoke of and as sure as Jesus lives on, this system like an old tired dinosaur fighting extinction relies on its own fleshly efforts and not in the spirit that gave it life in the first place. As the skin a snake sheds to give birth to the new one, so will the Church System eventually die to allow the uncontrollable Spirit of God to be THE ONLY THING at the heart of everything His people breathe, eat, say and do.