Nathan W. Bingham
Connecting in a Hyper-Connected World

The Perfect Church

The Perfect Church

Do you believe there’s a perfect church (local congregation) somewhere here on earth?

If you do, you’ll likely find yourself in one of two mindsets:

In both cases you’d be wrong.

There is no perfect church

You’re not in the perfect church and you’ll never find one.

Consider this statement from the Westminster Confession of Faith:

“The purest Churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error;” — Chapter 25, Paragraph 5

It’s important to remember because it keeps us humble

Aside from the historical importance of this statement—correcting the Roman Catholic belief that the church cannot err—I believe there’s further importance; it helps keep us humble.

When you realise there is no perfect church:

A joke to illustrate the point

This is the second joke I’ve stumbled upon recently on the issue of division in the church. Laugh. Then cry.

A man was stranded on a deserted Pacific island for years. Finally one day a boat comes sailing into view, and the man frantically waves and draws the skipper’s attention. The boat comes near the island and the sailor gets out and greets the stranded man.

After a while the sailor asks, “What are those three huts you have here?”

“Well, that’s my house there.”

“What’s that next hut?” asks the sailor.

“I built that hut to be my church.”

“What about the other hut?”

“Oh, that’s where I used to go to church.”

May we walk in humility, looking to that day when Christ presents “the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing…holy and without blemish.” (Eph. 5:27)