“You can’t love Jesus and hate His wife”
Insightful article by Ed Stetzer on the church (click here). The church is the Bride of Christ. Why do so many seem to be content on harming instead of helping churches? A few quotes from the article:
Paul was willing to take a beating for the church because Jesus submitted to a brutal murder “to make her (the church) holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:26-27 HCSB)
Seems like fewer and fewer people are willing to take the church seriously, let alone take a beating for her.
If you claim to be a disciple of Jesus, then love his wife. Don’t be guilty of going to great lengths to show your love for Christ while ignoring, marginalizing, or attacking the Bride.
You can’t love Jesus and hate His wife.