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  1. I have mixed feelings about this cartoon.

    On one side, it does strike at the human tendency to get puffed up when it attains a bit of knowledge or experience.

    On the other side, it is misleading. First of all, when God leads out in a work of reform, it involves a cross, so it is never accepted by the mass of common religious folk, and especially not by the leaders. So the faithful few find themselves having to justify their existence, and they usually do so by appealing their spiritual lineage.

    So it was with the early church, who looked at themselves as the true children of Abraham, and as spiritual Israel. It was also true of the Waldenses, and later the Protestants, who discarded the Catholic idea of lineal governmental descent from Peter, and claimed descendancy according to truth and spirit.

    And initially, such movements do not tend to pride, for their very gospel message (if it is a true one) strikes against this. Paul warned the early church to “boast not against the branches.”

    But where would the early church be in such a chart, assuming it had been drawn about Jewish religious history, instead of Christian? Would they be deemed as the proud boasters who thought they “finally got the Bible right”? I see a danger from the other side, that those of us who have been Christians for a good portion of our lives, would become jealous of those whom the Lord uses because He can take them further. I think of the brother of the prodigal son, for example.

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