"What Is the Relationship Between the Institutional Church and Christ's Kingdom"

Thursday, 05 Jul 2007

Liberalism's Dissatisfaction with the Institutional Church For a long time … [in modernist theology, the] character of the kingdom of heaven was supposed to be incompatible with the idea of the ekklesia [the institutional church]. Thus, e.g., the liberal theology asserted that, as a visible gathering of believers with a certain amount of organization, the church lay entirely outside the field of Jesus' vision. Jesus was only supposed to be the prophet of the "inner" religion directed to every individual…. Only in a process of historical development (after Jesus' death) did his ...

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