Whenever the Church hits a point of crisis, we should really be asking ourselves only one thing, that is, is this the Church that Jesus intended for us to have, is this the Church that Paul laid the foundations of? My answer would be no and no.
It has replaced God’s Law with it’s own and his Kingship with its own arrogance, pride and conceit. It’s eyes are not fixed on heaven but on the world around it. As stewards of God’s house, it’s clergy are a collective failure, that cling to ritual and observance of rite over faith and what is right every bit as dearly and hypocritically as the priests in the old Synagogues did. The Church is their God and when it fails they merely build another one….which once again fails.
Faith was meant to replace ritual and rite as the road to our salvation. Ritual and rite that does not nourish faith is pointless and self serving.
We have to start again, right from the beginning, not assume that repeating the same behavior that has led us down this road previously will yield different results this time. What has changed from the time of Paul? The conflict is still the same one he fought, against false teaching, against heresy, and the only defense is still the same, the Word of God is still the only weapon that can win this war;
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.