Ever wonder why churches, which are comprised with a majority of Christians, have seemingly insurmountable problems and constant battles with flesh and world? I was reading a book by F.B. Meyer, Changed by the Master’s Touch, and was challenged with something that I have known before, but was refreshed in today. Meyer is pretty good with words, so I will just quote what he writes.
“My Church!” From eternity Christ loved her. By His blood He redeemed her. Through His Spirit and by His Word, He is cleansing her. One day He will preset to Himself ‘a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing’ (Ephesians 5:27). The Holy Spirit is completing the Church in these last days and preparing her to be forever with the Lord.
The Church is the special object of hatred to the dark underworld of fallen spirits, which our Lord refers to as ‘the gates of hell.’ Jesus clearly anticipated the long and weary opposition that would be directed against His Church. The Church can only overcome ‘by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony’ (Revelation 12:11). “
This is very well put. If a church does not struggle individually and corporately with sin and worldliness, then there is something to be feared. I am afraid of the day when Satan and his demons no longer hate the church and trouble her.