That’s the question posed in last Wednesday’s episode of the Ask John Piper audio series, where the Evangelical pastor tackles tough theological and pastoral issues.
To the proposition of leaving the Church, but not Christ, Piper offers a simple answer: “If you do that, you are walking away from Jesus.”
Piper explained that Jesus founded the Church and established Apostles as its foundation. “And then He built it with prophets and teachers and pastors and ordained that there be a structure of local churches in the body of Christ called the Church,” said Piper, who cited John 14:23: “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word.
“To say, ‘I love Jesus, but I don’t submit to His word’ is a lie.”
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