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By Robert T. Henderson

Brand new pastors are in main issue, with breakdowns, abuse, confusion, and divorces achieving epidemic proportions. Robert T. Henderson keeps that there's a realm of religious forces which attracts congregations towards loss of life. His resolution is to energise pastors with a biblical realizing of the church's redemptive participation in Jesus' victory over the cosmic powers. They develop into "a door of hope.".

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There were books aplenty probing the whole subject of the church. Emil Brunner had written Misunderstanding the Church. John Robert Nelson was exploring The Realm of Redemption, and Lesslie Newbigen described The Household of God. Bonhoeffer's Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship were "in" books among my students. We read, devoured, discussed, and debated them in the delicious detachment one enjoys only in that heady and adolescent university world. We saw the church in its "pure" divine intention (the illusion).

4:4). The evil one is grasping to control the whole cosmos. Amid church conflicts, we are dealing not just with human gifts and skills or their lack, but with a counterfeit religion lacking biblical integrity. The real renewal of the church into kingdom wholeness, whether Catholic or Protestant, liberal or conserva- Page 13 tive, Pentecostal or evangelical, will come with some basic conflict between gospel and culture (Matt. 10:34). The conflict is fed by a battle behind the battle. Behind the normal application of human skills in creating wholesome congregations, there lurks a clandestine and energized evil which aims to subvert those efforts and render them fruitless.

Hopelessness, negativity, suspicion, pettiness, and fear are part of the "dominion of darkness" (Col. 1:13), the age of death. So this young visionary arrived in the bliss of illusion to deliver these unsuspecting folk. I did the right things. I faithfully taught and preached the Scripture. I sincerely wanted to know and love the congregation in which I was Page 32 convinced God had called me to be pastor. I visited in homes. I cultivated the leadership. But I was suspect, respected at arm's length, a strangerand lonely.

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