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                    FROM THE PULPIT
                     Weekly Religious Article
                         Edward Proffitt, Th.D.

                                                   CHURCH BUILDER
                                                                      "I will build my church" Matthew 16:18
                                                                                     Edward Proffitt, Th.D.

Jesus Christ said "I will build my church" (Matthew 16:18). Soon after Jesus began His ministry He gathered
and inner circle of friends. He called the DISCIPLES. The word Disciple means A LEARNER. Those inner circle
disciples were pupils in the school of Jesus Christ.

As a member of the church we are disciples that are learning about Jesus Christ and the life He would have
us live. We are students, not teachers. Because of that truth there are imperfections that show through at times.
But the fact we realize we have not arrived is the reason we are in the church.

Some of the Christian forefathers use to call the church the ARK OF SAFETY. With that concept, the church would
be a place to retreat from the world. To see the church as a place of retreat takes it out of the army ranks and puts
it into the ranks of a nursing home.

There are those who look at the pastor as being harnessed to a wagon with responsibility to pull saints to heaven.
Then in between the pulling he is to have the characteristic of a nurse to give out SOOTHING SYRUP to COLICKY
CHRISTIANS. Biblically that is not true of a church or a pastor.

The purpose of the church with Jesus as Biblical authority is to lead TO SALT, "ye are the salt of the earth" (Matthew
5:13). That brings us to another question, what IS SALT, and what does Christ mean when He says he church IS SALT?
2. SALT is a preventive.

By that we say the church should be a standard in the INVADING ROTTENESS, and to OBSTRUCT CORRPTION that
would invade and disintegrate a person. Now in saying that, I know that a bib part of the work of the church is to RESCUE 
THE PERSISHING, but not at the expense of CARING FOR THE DYING. It is a individuals responsibility to win souls and
witness and be concerned with evangelizing.  But the supreme mission of the church is not the CURE but to PREVENT.

Let me give you a formula for doing anything as a Christian:
***Is what I am going to do --- A direct contrast to the Word of God?
***Is what I am going to do --- A reproach to the church that I am a member?
***Is what I am going to do --- Cause a sinner to see Christ in a bad light? 
***Is what I am going to do --- Cause a weaker brother to stumble?

If you have to say yes to any of those you should not do it. Are you SALT- A PREVENTATIVE?  That is what Jesus
wants of us as a part of His church.   

Listen very closely! THE CHURCH IS GOING TO LIVE. Some members wont - Some congregations wont. BUT THE CHURCH WILL!  The big question is - WILL YOU??

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