"If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us." ~ Charles Spurgeon
"Whenever a Church keeps back Christ crucified, or puts anything whatsoever in that foremost place which Christ crucified should always have, from that moment a Church ceases to be useful. Without Christ crucified in her pulpits, a Church is little better than a dead carcass, a well without water, a barren fig-tree, a sleeping watchman, a silent trumpet, a dumb witness, an ambassador without terms of peace, a messenger without tidings, a lighthouse without fire, a stumbling-block to weak believers, a comfort to unbelievers, a hot-bed for formalism, a joy to the devil, and an offence to God." ~ J.C. Ryle Tract: Christ Crucified
"The Devil and the Church"
By E.M. Bounds
This booklet exposes the subtle and deceptive wiles of the devil in seeking to distract the church from its life and strength in Christ. Bound's experience both as pastor and prayer warrior qualifies him to address the sensitive subject of the devil and the church. He writes as a keen observer of the methods used to weaken and destroy the local assembly. One feels he is speaking about today's church rather than his own age of the mid-nineteenth century. The spiritual insights offered are timeless because the devil's goal is the same in every age: to seduce and weaken the church until it is rendered impotent, indifferent, and useless in fulfilling its spiritual purpose. The author in his straightforward style provides much needed insight for Christian soldiers of all true churches who desperately need to sustain spiritual life where it exists. He also sounds a clarion call to take back the church from the world and reverse the tide of apostasy now sweeping through many churches.