More on the Church’s Heavenly Mission

Question: “Does the church have a prophetic voice, challenging sin wherever it finds it, even in politics and culture?”

Answer: “It depends on what you mean. Expounding and teaching God’s word does involve challenging sin, obviously. But what people often mean is that they want the church to apply the truths of the word to specific circumstances. I actually think this stems from a desire for the church to be relevant, to be doing something important. If the church is the place where the kingdom of grace is advancing, I don’t see why cleaning up pockets of cultural crime in the United States is more relevant than that. So people need to see how amazing the work of the church is, and how trivial, ephemeral, and fading the affairs of politics and culture are in comparison. But even so, the church has a prophetic voice simply by proclaiming the whole counsel of God. I wonder if people who say the church needs to be a prophetic voice actually appreciate that a minister standing in the pulpit each Sunday is representing the prophetic office of Christ.”

(Reposted from: D.G. Hart, “The Shelf Life of 2K – Part Two” on the Old Life Blog.)

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