MLK Jr.'s Powerful Call to the Church

Martin Luther King Jr. with a powerful call to the church, which still rings true today as it did fifty years ago:

There was a time when the church was very powerful--in a time when the early Christians rejoiced at being deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed.  In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society ... But the judgment of God is upon the church [today] as never before.  If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century."

Originally taken from Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail," p. 17 (later quoted in Brothers We Are Not Professionals by John Piper, p. 203).