“On the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.” Hebrews 7:18
Sometimes the church and the people in it disappoint us, because they’re not perfect. People can be rude, self-righteous or lack compassion. The church itself can become bureaucratic, rigid or even teach poorly. Be real! Sometimes we even disappoint ourselves when we lose our temper, gossip or exhibit other behavior that is clearly not Christlike.
This verse in Hebrews stands out to me because it clearly says we cannot expect perfection from humans or human systems. We cannot save ourselves by our actions, and we cannot save ourselves through church membership.
Thankfully we have a better hope–Jesus Christ. He is that anchor for the soul that we discussed in Chapter 6. He is how we are able to draw near and be reconciled to God. No wonder a rallying cry of the Reformation was Christ alone!