The following is an excerpt from Manong Willy Girao’s book, "Attractive Christians in the Everyday World":
Research on present-day church growth has identified some key elements that bring about the rapid growth of churches. Interestingly, the quality of the life of believers somehow, does not figure much in the equation. This was not the case in the Early Church. Describing the second century Christian CHurch, Justin Martyr (c.100-165) wrote:
"We who formerly delight in fornication now embrace chastity alone; we who formerly used magic arts dedicate ourselves to the good and unbegotten God; we who valued above all thing the acquisition of wealth and possesions now bring all we ahve into a common stock and share it to all according to their need; we who hated and destroyed one another… now, since the coming of Christ, live happily… and pray for our enemies…"
// Alarming, isn’t it? How far have we delineated from the example of the Early Church? Could we, as one body also say the above quotation written in black text without being dire hypocrites? I hope we could. WE SHOULD!//