|November 17, 2017|
Is the Church in a period of exile?
In the Old Testament period God punished his people by putting them under the political authority of foreign nations and removing them from the Promised Land. The New Testament speaks of God’s people as strangers, foreigners, and sojourners. These are all terms related to and consistent with the idea of diaspora, or being scattered to the nations. The New Testament also indicates that Christians are not “those who bear the sword,” a phrase Paul uses to describe earthly governing authorities. Is it possible that at the current time the Church is living in a period equivalent to the Babylonian exile? If so, when did it start? Why did it start? And how and when will it end?
For more information on
these important questions, please see our study entitled:
New Testament Exile