Daily, I receive, through e-mail, a Christian quote. Below, is today's quote. As you read it, notice how the emphasis is placed on the Christians within the local church...
"The tremendous power of mass-suggestion, which we call the
world, can only be confronted, and its victims cured, if they
are received into a body which is filled with a vivid,
vigorous, and conscious community life of the Spirit.
Individuals are powerless to cope with a power so subtle and
all-pervasive as this mass-suggestion is. If we are to save
and rescue sinners, there must grow up in our Church a Spirit
of Love and Brotherhood, a Christian community-life,
transcending class and national distinctions, as pungent, as
powerful, as impossible to escape as the Spirit of the world.
No Apostolic Succession, no Ecclesiastical correctness, no
rigidity of orthodox doctrine, can be themselves and in
themselves give us this; it comes, and can only come, from a
clearer vision of the Christ, a more complete surrender to His
call and to the bearing of His Cross."
... G. A. Studdert Kennedy (1883-1929), The Wicket Gate