"I'm Not a Calvinist/Baptist/Etc, I Follow Jesus"
I’m sure I’m not the only person to have
Perhaps the most dangerous form of such a statement comes from people who are talking about the church. For example, you might come across a person who goes to a particular church, but does not submit to that church because they “follow Jesus.”The reason this is so dangerous is precisely
According to the New Testament, the church is “the Body of Christ.” Furthermore, Jesus makes it abundantly clear that the Father will send the Spirit in His name once He is ascended (John 14 & 16). When we read of Pentecost we see that the Spirit is poured out on the church (Acts 2:1-1). Finally, the Apostle John teaches that communion with the Trinitarian God and with the church go hand-in-hand with one another (1 John, esp. ch. 3 & 4).
The type of thinking that claims to “follow Jesus” but does not submit to the covenantal body that Jesus established and abides over by his Spirit
True love is found in the covenantal vows that marriage possesses. To say that you possess eros for someone but refuse to marry them is another form of this selfish individualism that entirely misses the point.
If we want to “follow Jesus” then it makes no sense to shun His Body the church. That is why Paul says that it makes no sense for a husband to treat his wife
Food for thought.