Posted by: Marty | August 30, 2013

What is, “the Church?”

Welcome to the Old Paths!

A church is an authorized local assembly of baptized believers called out from the world, joined together in the doctrine and fellowship of the gospel and commissioned to execute the laws of Christ’s kingdom.  We will comment further on this statement, but we must first deal with some of the false beliefs concerning the church:

1.   The Church is NOT a “mystical, universal, invisible body” made-up of all “believers.”

1 Corinthians 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

      Setting aside the obvious fact that the Apostle Paul was addressing a visible local church (church at Corinth) in this statement, we will look to the natural usage of words in our English language:  According to our Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, the word “body” refers to frame, material substance, matter, a person, reality as opposed to representation, a collective mass, a corporation, and so on.  Obviously, there…

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