What They See


The church is not merely a voluntary society of those who share the same theology, or who want to pool their resources for a common mission. The church is an act of war. …

In the church, the [demonic] powers-that-be see a pilot project of the kingdom of God, which is plowing aside their own empire. That’s because when they see the church, they don’t see a society; they see one new man. They see the vine of God, and the branches joined to him, bearing much fruit. They see the offspring of Abraham. They see the throne of David. They see the house of Israel. They hear in the songs and sermons of the church an ancient promise of a human ruler who will crush their reptilian skulls (Gen 3:15).

— Russell D. Moore, Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel, 78.


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