It is not enough to be within the church
August 15, 2017 § Leave a comment
The Lord teaches us about two groups of people who demand sensory evidence or who reason from factual knowledge about the truths of faith. One group are those whom “ unable to believe anything unless they grasp that it is so through sensory evidence or through factual knowledge.” (AC 2832) The other group are those who “say that they believe even though they do not apprehend. But secretly within themselves these reason no less than others from sensory evidence and factual knowledge regarding the truths of faith whether the thing is so.” (AC 2832
Both groups of people are indeed within the Lord’s spiritual Church, yet they are not of the Church. They are of the Church however when the life of good is present in them and they have faith in truths. (AC 2832)
Clearly it is not enough to be within the church, we need also to be of the church!