In Proposition 96, George Peters states:
“The differences visible in the Church are evidences that it is not the predicted Kingdom of the Messiah.”
Evidence is always an important point to consider when comparing two entities such as in this case the church and the promised Kingdom. If they are both the same, all predicted and current elements must be a clear construct of both. When we analyze the visible differences between the church and the predicted Kingdom of our Messiah, the differences and contrasts are quite obvious and stark.
The most notable observation Peters presents in Proposition 96 is the following:
“Let the unbiased student contemplate how schisms, etc. are foretold in the church (Acts 20:29-30; 1 Cor. 11:19; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Rom. 16:17, etc.); how it was organized amidst dissensions and antagonism even among its leaders (on the subject of circumcision and observance of the law); how it affected compromises concerning the law and the ritual; how it arose without a direct verbal abrogation of Mosaic institutions, so that some followed the latter and others annoyed the Gentiles who refused the same. Christ Himself, Paul tells us, was preached a contention. These and other marks of weakness, infirmity, etc., certainly prevent us from accepting the church as the predicted Kingdom, seeing that the latter is to come in a very different manner. Its beginning (i.e. church’s) is not that assigned by the Prophets to the Kingdom of promise.”
The promised Kingdom is one of peace. The current construct of life, even within the church…not so much. An astute student of history, in particular church history, has to admit that what one sees in the formative years of the Primitive Church to the present such as schisms, arguments over matters of theology, etc., it is clear the church is not the predicted Kingdom of our Messiah. Why there is an attempt to declare they are one and the same is something I struggle to understand. The evidence declares the church is preparatory and the Kingdom of the Messiah is future. I look forward to the day when unity is experienced under the rulership of the King.