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The Church as Noah’s Ark

Discussion in 'The Church Forum' started by rockytopva, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. rockytopva

    rockytopva Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Pope Callistus and Saint Hippolytus were two important figures in the early church with two different theologies....

    Hippolytus- the ideal of the church as a pure community and not tolerating sins, a church of the pure.
    Callistus - the ideal of the church as a saving community representing the church as Noah’s Ark, taking in ‘all kinds,’ both clean and unclean. Being quick to lovingly encourage repentance and restoration. And also dealing with explosive church growth in his time.

    I am Pentecostal Holiness and our church is 100 years old. I remember the old WW2 generation as pure. My generation is not. Callistus would lovingly encourage us on. Hippolytus I believe would be very quick to point out the lack of purity. I believe these challenges are just as real today as they were 1800 years ago.
     
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    Stranger Well-Known Member

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    But, the WW2 generation was not pure when compared to those preceding it in America.

    I believe the saving work of the flood of Noah's day is to be found in the flood waters. (1 Peter 3:20)

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