The goal is to enable everyone to be a participant, not just a spectator. The chuch can quickly be restored to everyone because, contray to popular belief, laypersons are eager to share their hearts, take active roles in worship, and resume the work of God.
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The basic premise behind this book is good (seeking to restore primitive, orthodox Christianity), and I applaud and encourage all who seek it. However, the book did not handle well or portray accurately the enormous amount of literature which we have from the first three centuries, much of which is written by disciples of one or more of the apostles. Much of the information in The Open Church is simply erroneous, and this is a verifiable fact. I would encourage readers not to accept anyone who is a second hand or third hand source, but go to the horses' mouth and read about the early church from the pens of people in the early church. I would recommend reading The Ante-Nicene Fathers, a collection of the Churches writings from before Nicea, and to recommend a single volume book that accurately handles the early church, I would recommend Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up. But please, don't judge me right or wrong just yet, but read the originals for yourselves and not a book that grossly misrepresents the originals.