Deacon ... welcome to this low-traffic corner of the web!
I love Constantine and wouldn't trade him for anyone. I'm (almost) on the same page with you about the negative impact on the church. I wouldn't go so far as to say it will be the downfall of the church, because I know the gates of hell will not prevail against her. The church can (and has) backslid, but she will not fall.
During the era of the persecuted church, open hypocrisy was almost nonexistent. Why fake it if it the consequences could be devastating? After Constantine made it fashionable, Christians had a whole new breed of wolf roaming among the flock.
Edited by dfmurphy on 03/10/2009 01:03