A pure church. A healthy church. A church that can overcome unhealthy or corrupting influences. That’s what we want and that’s what we need. More importantly that’s what Christ desires for His bride.
Longfellow translated the words of a German poet (Friedrich von Logau) like this:
“Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; Though with patience stands He waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”
The point is that God’s judgment, though it may not come quickly by our standards, is certain and very exact.
The most common view of morality in our culture is probably the one that says we can do whatever we like as long as we don’t hurt anyone else. This is, of course, accurate as far as it goes. If you are going to engage in some kind of destructive behavior, the rest of us would be happiest if you only harm yourself. But is that the whole story?