From Dave Black’s “un-blog” today (If you read it later, you’ll have to manually scroll to 3/18/2013 entries and find the one posted at 8:37 AM if you want to see the original.)
I’ve begun sketching out an article dealing with the impossibility of loving the Gospel without loving the church which the Gospel creates. It seems that Paul was intentional when in one place in Colossians he says he is a servant (diakonos) of the Gospel and then two verses later says he is a servant (diakonos) of the church. What an interesting world we live in — when men and women can claim to be preachers of the truth and pass out tracks and out-bumper-sticker their neighbor’s cars but then have nothing whatsoever to do with fellowshipping with other believers. I see this mentality all the time. But Paul was equally devoted to the word of the cross and to the people of the cross — even half-baked, jejune, and immature Christians. What I have tried to do with my evangelistic friends is to remind them that they mustn’t forget that Christ died for the church and that, like Noah’s ark, the stench may be intolerable on the inside but the horrors on the outside are far worse.
Well said. I agree.