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Jesus Wants To Save Christians by Rob Bell

“Church is about people. People who live a certain way in the world. People who have authority in the world, but authority that comes from breaking themselves open and pouring themselves out so that the world will be healed. The authority that the church has in culture does not come from how right, cool, or loud it is, or how convinced it is of its doctrinal superiority. As Paul says, ‘We don’t fight with those weapons’ (2 Cor 10:4). A church’s authority comes from somewhere else – it comes from how we’ve been broken open and poured out, not from how well we’ve pursued power and lobbied and organized ourselves to triumph. This is why when Christians organize politically and start flexing that muscle, making threats about how they are going to impose their way on others, so many people turn away from Jesus. Jesus’ followers at that point are claiming to be the voice of God, but they are speaking the language of Caesar and using the methods of Rome, and for millions of us it has the stench of Solomon.” – Jesus Wants To Save Christians by Rob Bell, p. 160-161

 

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