The post, The Church can not be separated from the State sparked a few interesting reader comments. Seems I “mis-wrote” (See footnote 1 below) my thoughts. So here’s a stab at clarification.
Several comments seemed to suggest I didn’t adequately explain what I believe THE Church is. If you look up “church” in your Merriam Webster you’ll find a plethora (that’s a fancy word for “bunch”) of definitions. The word came from the Middle English word, catholik, meaning universally accepted. That does not mean the Catholic Church of today is universally accepted as the church Jesus founded.
In Matthew 16 when Jesus asked Peter who he thought Jesus was, Peter replied,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
“Blessed are you, Simon Bar Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”
“This rock” God revealed to me, was not Peter, but the revelation from God to Simon declaring that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God. In other words, Christ would build His church upon those to whom God revealed Christ’s true identity, the Son of the living God. From this passage we see Christ is the builder and founder of His New Testament church. He calls this church His church. Christ founded His church and He is the head of His church. Any church founded by someone other than Christ is not Christ’s church.
All those who have believed and accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are brothers and sisters in Christ and make up the body of Christ, the pure, spotless Bride of Christ. His church.
As God works His plan in us and through us daily we must reckon with Colossians 1:16
For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16.
How do you like my new word--"mis-wrote"? If politicians can make up a stupid word such as "misspoke" when they're trying to walk back something stupid they said or flat out lied, I can "mis-write" something I wrote that caused readers confusion, can't I?