Hi vrc, it is good to see you back on here.
I completely agree with you on this, I must admit that I get drawn up in things such as Church politics sometimes. I supose it is just my nature as a bit of a history geek that I look into the ways of man rather than will of God sometimes. :lol:
Your first point is an excellent one, we should all be looking into our own salvation first and foremost. For 20 centuries people in the Church have argued about Church policy whilst God's policy for mankind has not changed.
Also I understand that all that has happened to the Church is the will of God. In the hours prayers we thank and glorify God "For all things and in all things." So even those things that temporally we see as damaging for the Church will serve a greater purpose in the end.
It is fascinating what happens when man tries to play God. Little does he know that God is in fact playing him at the same time.
"The true Christian is a warrior making his way through the regiments of the invisible enemy to his heavenly homeland." - St Herman of Alaska.