Kimberly Luste Maran

Assistant Editor – Adventist Review


Would you agree with the following two sentences? The early Christian church was perfect. That’s why Christianity spread so rapidly in such a relatively short period of time.

I cannot imagine anyone who, upon reading that, would find it true. Just reading the New Testament, and Paul’s epistles in particular, confirms that the church was not even close to perfection. In fact, many of those who had just learned about Jesus and salvation were the very ones assisting in the conversions of other new believers—and in the running of the fledgling faith. Every person was new to the Christian community! It would be impossible to know it all and do everything …

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