A verse of the old and trusted hymn by Samuel J. Stone (1866) titled,
The Church’s One Foundation sings:
The Church shall never perish!
Her dear Lord to defend,
To guide, sustain, and cherish,
Is with her to the end:
Though there be those who hate her,
And false sons in her pale,
Against both foe or traitor
She ever shall prevail.
World Magazine, June 27, 2015, page 17 reported: “Tony Compolo released a statement on June 8 endorsing same-sex marriage and saying the church should accept UNrepentant ‘gay Christian couples who have made a lifetime commitment to one another.’”
What shall we call this? “False sons in her pale”, or “foe or trator”? One thing is certain of the Church, “She ever shall prevail!” Jesus said the gates of hell would not be able to withstand the onslaught of the Kingdom of God.
“Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Revelation 19:11-16 (NKJV)
This passage describes the Christ we serve, and follow. We are “the armies in heaven” (see Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1; Ephesians 6:10-18). We are the Church Militant, and along with the Church Triumphant (those who have died in Christ) we follow Christ who even now, at this present time, is subduing His enemies (Hebrews 10:12-13). This process continues until the last day on which Christ hands the Kingdom back to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:24-27).
We are part of the Kingdom and Work that cannot, and will not fail or be overcome. We are part of God’s Kingdom. And whether there be false sons within her or enemies, or traitors, the “the gates of hell shall not prevail”!
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