What happens when a Church cannot produce Teachers or Doctors who toil faithfully in word and doctrine? What happens to a Church when it produces systematic theologians who cannot adequately communicate (demonstrate) and expound the doctrine of God’s triunity? What happens when a Church fails to hand down the deposit of sound doctrine originally handed down to her?
The short answer: The Church falls away. She goes into exile. She dies. Like the lyric from Unite by the O. C. Supertones,
O yeah, I got a beef with the fence-sitters
Tares among the wheat, the cop-outs, the quitters
Cut from the branch fruitless, no good,
Only one use and that’s firewood
Pay no mind to the generation line
Forsake your sect and be color blind
The problem’s not Hollywood, the problem’s not Washington
The problem’s a weak divided church of schismed Christians
Thankfully, the Church is the bride of the Resurrected Christ. In Christ, there is life on the other side of death, even doctrinal death. The Triune God is the Lord of Life and the members of the covenant participate, enjoy, and partake of the sweetness of the Trinitarian life of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.