Because the modern day Christian lacks understanding of this issue, churches suffer greatly and have little influence in this society. Unfortunately, I do not expect the situation to change anytime soon. The following lesson is to at least take a step in the right direction.
This is a point that perhaps we should study more carefully; this covenant the Lord has with His local, visible, independent church. If we consider what we are supposed to be of one mind about, and who it is that we are of one mind with, we ought to come to some serious conclusions about our duties under this covenant. In other words, this is not a light, trifling matter.
Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (II Corinthians 9:15) Judging from the way a lot of folks behave when asked about serving the LORD, you would never know the above statement is true. After all, they refuse to