The Church And Christians C. R. Nichol
When it is said one is a Christian, the thought is conveyed that the one referred to is a follower of Christ—that he believes Christ is the savior and subscribes to his teaching without any reservations, and embodies in his life the principles of Christ's teaching in all relationships.
I do not recall that human slavery is specifically condemned in the New Testament, yet I am persuaded that the principles of the teaching of Christ led to the freeing of the slaves in our country.
The New Testament does not give the "blue prints" by which we are to build our residences; yet in building them the Christian follows the principles of Christ in building, as does the workman in the construction of the house.
The store-keeper, if he is a Christian, follows the principles of Christ, in dealing with his customers—honest dealing, and truthful representations.
Though the New Testament does not specify in what particular field of human endeavor a man engages, it does demand that he work and provide for those who are dependent on him; and have to give to the work of the Master.
Christians not only sustain a relationship to the Lord; but being a citizen in the country in which they live sustain a relationship to that country—citizens with whom they associate.
The church is in no sense a worldly institution. It is not the business of the church to enter the marts of the world in an effort to make money—it is not the business of the church to become a competitor in the business world. Rather the church gives of its money to help suffering humanity, and to preach the gospel.
The church is the pillar and ground of the truth. (1 Tim. 3:15.) I think it would be well if many who are members of the church would give serious study to the foregoing passage; and in connection therewith it will be well to remember: "Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor. 10:31.)
The first work of the church is to preach the gospel. He who thinks the physical demands of humanity comes first—in importance—has not learned the first lesson of the Scriptures. By way of comparison the physical life, and blessings for the physical man sink into insignificance compared with the spiritual. If needs be one must sacrifice his physical life, rather than deny the Lord. It is more important to maintain your faithfulness to the Lord than to preserve your physical life.