Oh my Ceders, This quotegot me
This fading of Christian watchfulness prompted apostate Christians to organize themselves into a well-structured church whose eyes were no longer fixed on the coming parousia, or presence, of Christ but, rather, on dominating its members and, if possible, the world. The New Encyclopædia Britannica states: “The [apparent] delay of the Parousia resulted in a weakening of the imminent expectation in the early church. In this process of ‘de-eschatologizing,’ [weakening of the teaching on the “Last Things”] the institutional church increasingly replaced the expected Kingdom of God. The formation of the Catholic ChurchWatch Tower as a hierarchical institution is directly connected with the declining of the imminent expectation.” (w84 12/1 p6)
If my husband fgoes back to studying, I don't know how I will stand it! I find comfort that at least he likes wearing a beard now.