Saturday, February 11, 2012

Print Page Church - Local or Universal?

A common word that is often misunderstood in Baptist circles is "church". To the Roman Catholic church is a Universal and visible body. To most protestants church is Universal and invisible but can also have a local meaning as well. These views can cause problems. Not only because it is simply unbiblical but because it also enourages ecumenism. If everyone is part of the same church then doctrine can take a back seat so it won't cause divisions "within the church". The Biblical Baptist view is that church is always local. Church comes from the Greek word ekklesia which means assembly. Assemblies are always local. Also, often in the Bible a church is specified with the city where that assembly is located. Eventually I plan on creating additional posts on this topic. In the meantime here is a link to an excellent article on the subject.

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