Returning to the pilgrim church

Here is a quote from Patrick Johnstone, in his book The Church is Bigger than You Think:

“We are being compelled to return to a much more biblical and radical position–that of being a minority in the world but not of it…The church deprived of political power is free from the burden of trying to use human power to dominate and influence the world… Our reference point is not territorial or church growth aggrandizement, but building a kingdom that is not of this world, yet which will fill the earth as a contrasting alternative society.  We need to return to the concept of a pilgrim Church, the church that will be hated, rejected, despised, persecuted, yet be an incisive, decisive, victorious minority which one day soon, will be ready for its heavenly Bridegroom as the perfected bride.”

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