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Written by: William Andrew Dillard

Jesus began His marvelous “Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7) with the oft repeated beatitudes. The last one of those speaks of His disciples suffering persecution, slander, etc. for Jesus’ sake. They were told to rejoice to have the honor of being in class with the prophets of old, and that they should know their reward in heaven is great. It was then that Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”
In all things, it is important to establish context correctly. Let the reader please note that Jesus withdrew Himself from the crowd, and retreated into a mountain place. Then His disciples came to Him, and He taught them there. So, Jesus was teaching His blood-bought, baptized, and called out disciples. This remains the basic definition of a New Testament Church. The message should be received in that context.
It follows then that a church, if it is what it is designed to be, is the savory spice to the world in an unsavory spiritual state. Think with me about the properties, and the spiritual application. A single point is being put forward.
Salt is a wonderful substance. Both health and enjoyment of diet are dependent upon it. A little salt makes bland and distasteful food desirable. It only takes a little, but it must be there. If salt loses its savory power, it is as useless or more-so than sawdust. In fact, it really is good for nothing but to be thrown out and trodden down. In like manner, churches make up a very small percentage of population, but their spiritual testimony savors (influences) the actions and restraints of many, even of governments and nations. If the Lord’s churches lose their savor; their purpose; their prime directives; they will become as unsavory salt and meet the same end. It is not the purpose of the Lord’s churches to cure society’s ills, provide for recreational or social programs, but to be the pillar and ground of the truth for which it is designed. (shame on church members, pastors, too, who have learned nothing in years!) Moreover, since churches may not be divorced from their membership, it is incumbent upon every legitimate church member to be the practical manifestation and presentation of that spiritual salt without apology, as though it were Jesus in person making the presentation. Will that create problems? You bet it will! That is the subject matter of the beatitudes. Read them again! One should not expect the reward if he fails to be savory in the field of battle.
I fully believe these things are true to the Holy Word. Moreover, they speak of the kind of Christian I strive to be.

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