Beginning in the preface, Frank says:
“We are also making an outrageous proposal: that the church in its contemporary, institutional form has neither a biblical nor a historical right to exist.”
“In short, this book demonstrates beyond dispute that those who have left the fold of institutional Christianity to become part of an organic church have a historical right to exist.”
To be honest, I find myself wishing the first statement was less outrageous because I believe it will close the ears and minds of many people who would benefit from the overall message of this book.
The second statement I find more understandable. Believers pursuing alternative expressions of gathering have had to fight for legitimacy. They are continually critiqued according to other people’s standards about minimal practices required to qualify or be considered a church.
None of us like to hear that what we are doing isn’t “real church.”