There are those who suggest that the truer Christians are to the practices of the primitive church, the better off the church will be. This is a noble concept, but is it biblical? What if after 2000+ years of church maturation we’re not supposed to go back, but far beyond any spiritual accomplishments they had. Our goal is to come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13) Isn’t it? So, if we’ve got some catching up to do because we’ve fallen behind where the early church was, then so be it. If the church has become less mature than when the apostles were kicking up dust, then ok. If our practices are skewed because our understanding of the precepts, then maybe. But, even if we’ve backtracked as a church, our goals still lie ahead, not behind. Our intentions shouldn’t be to recapture apostolic ministry, but surpass it, and carry their baton on to the finish line.
I’ve been toying with this idea:
“We’re no more bound to the practices of the “primitive” church
than we are to the hunting practices of primitive men.”
What do you think of that statement?
In your opinion, is the church today more mature or less mature than the early church?
Besides Ephesians 4:13, what other biblical passages would you cite to encourage the church to go forward instead of backwards?