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"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16
When was the last time that I blogged? Come to think of it, blogging is indeed of luxurious commodity. On a serious note, I was fairly busy with writing my emails lately, which is the main reason why I am not available to blog. A great apology to faithful readers still checking out this quiet cottage.

As a matter of fact, I have currently been contemplating on the issue of ecclesiology and am still looking further and deeper into it. Ecclesiology has its root word ecclesia borrowed from the Greek word ekklesia, which literally means the "called-out". Surprise as it may seem to some, this is the word we translate the word "Church" from. And as matter of fact, the Church is made up of followers of Jesus over space and time, and is not any tangible building which we see so often nowadays. Church, simply, is a group of people called out of the world.

Any honest reading of the Scripture would have to come to terms that during the 1st century, christians actually met up in homes, and not church building. Why then, did she deviate from the Scripture during the next five centuries? Is the Scripture deficient or insufficient, that's why it has to give way to man made traditions? Any informed christian will be fast to reject the Anglican position towards the relationship between the Scripture and traditions. And it left us with, painfully, no excuses to why we do church this way today, if we are to understand the Scripture as it is. We have simply replaced the Pope with Pastors, not as wrong as it formerly was, but nonetheless still wrong.

In the past, people get out of church (the institutional ones) because they have abandoned their faith (or perhaps we can question if they were really believers to begin with). But now, people are leaving church (for real and this movement is growing) to save their faith! Like it or not, it is a great parody to have God instructed the Israelites to gather gold and sliver, only to have them made the sinister golden calf, which warrant them 40 years of spinning tour in the desert.

Similarly, though God has blessed Christianity or should we call it Constantinian Christianity, it is in spite of her flaws that God has blessed her. Especially when she flirted with the world, it is God's graciousness solely that she is still alive. It is time now to step back, rethink and look real hard at Scripture how a church should be like, instead of searching the very thing we are looking for into the Scripture (and that's how the institutional church came about). It is a great and exciting era now to continue the reformation left unfinished by the earlier saints, notably Martin Lurther. Or perhaps restoration should be the word, that is returning to the Scripture and abide by it in obedience to God and His word.

Gracious goodness, tomorrow is convocation, but I am not feeling anything inside me. Why is this so?? If I could skip the ceremony, I would be most happy to do it, but that's over my mum and aunts' and grandmum's dead bodies. Anyway, I am on leave tomorrow, hooray!

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