ELSEWHERE: Loving the Whore

There’s been a spate of articles about the failure of the church lately, some good, some not so much. You should probably actually read this one by Karen Swallow Prior: “Yet, I want to say, gently or perhaps not-so-gently, That way you want the church to love those you love? Unconditionally, enthusiastically, and compasstionately? That’s how you are called to love the church, too. That forbearance, that tolerance, that grace, you extend so generously and rightly to the lost and the disobedient? That’s what you are called to offer to the church.” 

About Derek Rishmawy

Derek Rishmawy is the Director of College and Young Adult ministries at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Orange County, CA, serving college kids for the gospel. He’s been graciously adopted by the Triune God. That God has also seen fit to bless him with lovely wife named McKenna. He got his B.A. in Philosophy at UCI and his M.A. in Theological Studies (Biblical Studies) at APU. His passions are theology, the church, some philosophy, cultural criticism, and theology. He has been published at the Gospel Coalition, Mere Orthodoxy, and Out of Ur blog. He writes regularly at his Reformedish blog. You can connect on Facebook and can also follow him on Twitter at @DZRishmawy.

  • Susan_G1

    I disagree. We are called to love each other, not the “church” as Karen is using the word. That kind of unconditional love leads to powerful authority sinfully “ruling” members. Or churches that preach hate against gays, that see nothing wrong with slavery or racism, that call women who’ve had abortions “murderers” while condemning free contraceptives.

    Karen states, “The bride of Christ? She’s a whore. Love her.” No. Christ didn’t even model that unconditionality. He said, “Go forth, and sin no more.” I am supposed to follow and submit to a whore?


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