The State of the Church in the Sixteenth Century

Posted By on October 12, 2019


The church itself in the early 16th century
is undergoing changes and challenges and we can perhaps say, although this is of little
interest to most people, that the state of the church in the early 16th century remains
a challenge to historians in the sense that we know lot about what was going on in the
early 16th century, but there’s a debate amongst historians as to whether the church was healthy
or unhealthy in the early 16th century and it depends a little bit as to how you judge
health or lack of health. Is the church in America healthy today? Now, you see that’s a hard question to answer. Isn’t it? If you judge health by attendance, by contributions,
by building activity, we could probably say that the church is pretty healthy in America
today. Lot of people going to church certainly compared
to Europe, lot of money going to Christian causes, lot of building going on and that
was true in the early 16th century. Lot of people went to church, lot of money
being given to churches, lot of building going on. But was the church spiritually healthy? Of course, that’s a matter of whose notion
of spirituality you hold to. Some historians want to say the church wasn’t
really very healthy because piety was so external. People just thought by going through the motions
they were getting closer to God and that wasn’t healthy. And that’s certainly true to significant extent,
but there were a lot of teachers in the church who were teaching people that that kind of
externalism was in fact healthy.

Posted by Lewis Heart

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  1. But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.
    Titus 2:1 ESV
    https://bible.com/bible/59/tit.2.1.ESV . Sound= literally "healthy". According to the Bible, the church is healthy when it has healthy doctrine (in faith and practice). Any other interpretation is a merely human-centred view of church health

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  2. Continuing to stay focused on the Lord is the hardest thing for me to do. Darkness follows when I’m not in constant conversation with God. I started this YouTube channel to show everyday struggles of believers. Please check it out!

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