This is where history takes an interesting and definitive turn. It is not unlike our desire to protect our children. There are two extremes. One extreme locks the children up in the house and throws away the key in order to protect them from all harm (like I am tempted to do!). Nothing wrong with the intentions here. The other extreme let’s their children run wild believing they have to learn the ways of the world in order to protect themselves. Again, intentions good. As the church began to face more and more dangers, as doctrine was continually manipulated, as teachings that did not fall in line with Scripture or the church’s historic interpretation of Scripture were distorted, the church began to institutionalize itself. In other words, we brought all the children in the house and locked the door.
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