The choice of Jesus over church implies your opinion over the Bible. The Bible is where we meet Jesus. You cannot just make Him up. If you choose the Jesus of the Bible, you must take the whole thing, including the church – by dying for the church, he is eternally enjoined to it.
To walk away from the church is to walk away from Jesus. To say “I love Jesus,” but don’t submit to His Word is a lie. “He who loves me will keep my words,” Jesus said. He founded the church, ordained it as His body.
- John Piper
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