A Church’s Love and the Gospel

From John Stott’s book The Living Church (p. 69):

We cannot proclaim the gospel of God’s love with any degree of integrity if we do not exhibit it in our love for others.  Perhaps nothing is so damaging to the cause of Christ as a church which is either torn apart by jealousy, rivalry, slander, and malice, or preoccupied with selfish concerns. Such churches need to be radically renewed in love.