By Elmer L. Towns

Is the “Denominational period” in American Protestantism coming to an abrupt finish? Have the mainline denominations with their faculties, seminaries, publishing operations, undertaking forums, and “programs” been displaced in desire of super-aggressive self sustaining church buildings, dynamic pastors, and greatest use of lay management skills? Elmer L. cities, deep within the new circulation, makes an exceptionally powerful case of the concept the heyday of the denomination is useless just because the massive self sustaining church not just can do all of the denomination does, it does it greater. Dr. cities writes with get pleasure from of the luck of the autonomous church buildings, yet one suspects his purpose isn't easily that of attacking the denominations; the publication calls the denominations to account in a lot a similar manner that the previous testomony prophets mentioned the flaws of the society of the day.

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To the man without the church, Christianity is a mystery. Even the member in the church can't fully understand Christianity (Isaiah 55:8,9), because man can't comprehend God. Man stands in awe as he ponders the infinitude of God. God is the ultimate enigma, even when expressed in man's finite words. Christianity Is a Mystery Christianity is a mystery and if the mystery is removed, there is no more Christianity. Mystery is the supernatural, and if the church loses it, man has nothing to believe; his spiritual help is gone.

Colleges are seldom begun in the decaying stage of religious bodies; they are founded in the beginning days of denominations. The author noted that large independent Baptist churches have begun over 61 colleges in the last two years. Liberals seldom have the religious dynamic and sacrifice to begin colleges; they capture them from conservatives. The Word of God 2. Evangelism—A church that gives allegiance to the Word of God is aware that Christ commands, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" (Matt.

The leaders of the churches were called to Jerusalem for a conference, including Peter, Paul, James and others. The problem was stated and leaders were given opportunity to state their opinion. After a lengthy discussion a group concensus was reached: "Then pleased it the apostles and the elders, with the whole church" (v. 22). The group had to work out their differences for continued fellowship. "It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord" (v. 25). The problem among individual churches was solved by a mass meeting, giving a biblical basis for church meetings (councils, committees, or conferences) to solve their problems.

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