In 1942 when I was in Kansas City, someone stole my car. I had a new 1942 model NASH automobile. My car was gone! I did not know which way to turn. So I called the police. When they came, they began to ask questions. They asked, “What kind of car is it? What is the name of the car?”
Suppose I said, “It doesn’t make any difference about a name. Just got to find me a car.” They asked, “What model is it? When was it made?” Suppose I said, “It doesn’t make any difference when it was made. Just get me a car. The model is immaterial.” Suppose they had come back with an old 1914 model. I would have decided it made a difference, would I not? I suspect that if I had talked to those policemen like that, they would have said, “He is drunk; we had better lock him up.”
Yet I can talk to the world about the church and say, “It does not make any difference about the name, makes no difference when it started, no difference what it does,” and the world says I’m a scholar. If I talked that way to the police, they would say I am a drunk!
Yes, they have destroyed every identification mark of the church. But let me tell you, you can find the church that Jesus built, if you will go out and look for it in as sensible a manner as those police looked for my car.
— G K. Wallace
“That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church . . .” —Matthew 16:18