The Corrupt Church - Part 1 (5 of 13) by Ernest Easley

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The Corrupt Church - Part 1 (5 of 13)
Series: Touring the Churches
Ernest L. Easley
Revelation 2:18-19

How many of you enjoy visiting historic sights? My favorite Uncle's name was Lawrence Bush Easley. He was the oldest of five children. My father was the youngest and there was ten years between them.

He fought in WWII and was captured in North Africa by Germans soldiers. He was a POW for sixteen months south of Berlin.

I recently came across a postcard he wrote to my father and another brother in 1944 from that prison camp just five months before the end of the war. It's postmarked from Stalog III:

Dear Brothers: How are you? I am doing alright. You boys go to school all you can. Ernest you will probably be in college by the time you get this. Be good and don't forget to go to church. Love. LB''

He and his family moved in across the street from our house in Dallas, Texas when I was eight years old. So, he was like a second father to me.

He enjoyed touring historic sites, namely cemeteries. It would be common for him to drive past a cemetery in East Texas, where he grew up, and pull the car over and spend a good hour walking through the cemetery.

He enjoyed looking for any distant relatives and when he found one, he would catalog it for the family tree. He enjoyed touring cemeteries to see what all he could find.

Cemeteries are a reminder that people die. Let me make that a little more personal: cemeteries are a reminder that we will die.

So what about churches? Will the church ever die? Will RSBC ever close her doors? Let me ask you this: did Jesus come preaching about the church or about the kingdom of God?

After His resurrection we read in Acts 1.3, ''to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible (unmistakable) proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.''

We read in Acts 28 when Paul was in Rome and it ends in verses 30-31, ''Then ...


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