To dismiss a specific vulnerability because it appears too insignificant to bother with has inspired ancient myths and legends as well as modern novels and movies. This universal theme is no less universally played out in real life despite centuries of warnings and cautionary tales handed down to us. Man foolishly weighs his vulnerabilities on the largest of scales, forgetting that a little leaven leavens the whole lump.
Faithful Christians do not escape the painful realities in times of God’s judgment (Matt. 5:45), even though they have, in many cases, taken stands against the evil that is overwhelming their culture.
God’s temple is now His people, yet what occupies too many Christian leaders is what transpires within four walls whether they be gothic stone or sheetrock. Some believe that by refining doctrine to its most pure state, or by establishing the most orthodox liturgy, God will then do His work of revival and restoration. There is no other way to describe this than ecclesiastical pietism—it is an undue introversion into the depths of organized church order.