Charles Spurgeon [sermon #2234 (1891)]:
Give yourself to the church. You that are members of the church have not found it perfect, and I hope that you feel almost glad that you have not. If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.
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Yes, and if in this fallen world we will have only perfection or nothing, then we will always have the nothing. O that we would see and appreciate more deeply that the church is indeed the dearest place on earth ———- imperfections and all. Thanks for posting.
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Thanks for posting that quote Tony, I find myself trying to echo Spurgeon’s thoughts quite often to my friends looking for that “perfect” match. It almost translates directly to how our society and culture thinks about relationships and marriages. Supposedly there is that “perfect” person out there for us and if one thing we don’t like happens we can just sever that relationship. I am proud to be in quite an imperfect church that points to our perfect Savior.