Doesn't that sound surprisingly like too much of the church today? Some things never change...
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Speaking about the Corinthian church, Marshall says, “The religion to which Christ was the gateway had opened up as a realm in which the practice of spiritual gifts had become the most prized characteristic, and there was rivalry between people and pride depending on which were regarded as the highest and showiest gifts. Christianity was in danger of becoming a religion of revelation of God's secrets through gifted people. It was thus becoming a religion or spiritual achievement, of pride and human position. “Against all such pretension Paul uses the message of the cross to utter decisive no.”—New Testament Theology, pages 267-268