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Buite-kerklikheid en makro-kerklikheid in die moderne ekklesiologie

J. M. Vorster
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 25, No 4 | a1391 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v25i4.1391 | © 1991 J. M. Vorster | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 June 1991 | Published: 10 June 1991

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J. M. Vorster,, South Africa

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Abstract

Two significant trends can be identified in the church of today: indifferentism and the emergence of a macro-church. Indifferentism bears the implicit meaning that the church is no longer regarded as being important or having significance for Christianity. In line with this thought, it is claimed that it is possible to be a Christian without having any official commitment to a church as structure. The term macro-church, on the other hand, describes the concept of the church as primarily being a huge ecumenical structure which acts as 'super church’ in the world. These two trends should be regarded with caution. Not only are these trends theologically questionable, but the importance and effectiveness of the local church is also disregarded. When aiming to develop and establish the true essence of Christianity in future, the functioning of the local church should be restored. In this article it is thus argued that for the immediate future the main task of the Ecclesiology will be to establish the original meaning and functionality of the local church.

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