Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Kurosaki: committed, but to what?

Tuesday, October 10, 2023
    Feast of Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644
    Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
    —2 Corinthians 3:5-6 (NIV)
    The primary cause of these [denominational] divisions is the institutionalism and organizationalism of the churches and missions, which instead of helping the life of the believers in them, smothers or drives it out. This gradually produces mere dead institutions instead of the living Ekklesia.
    Christians who really have life in Christ cannot exist within such a corpse and usually will finally come out of it. But, sad to say, in most cases those who leave dead institutions simply set out to build another “better” institution or embrace other rituals and ceremonies, thus repeating the same error. Instead of turning to Christ Himself as their center, they again seek to find fellowship and spiritual security on the very same basis that failed. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... Kokichi Kurosaki (1886-1970), One Body in Christ, Kobe, Japan: Eternal Life Press, 1954, ch. 5 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 3:5-6; John 1:4; 4:21-24; 6:36; 17:22-23; Rom. 7:6; Gal. 3:10-12,21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people turn from death to life in You.
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