What is the Church?
Jesus Christ said, “I will build My church!” 🔥📜🔥(Matt. 16:18). The Greek word for church throughout the New Testament is ekklesia, which means “called out ones.” Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary has this to say: “Church: a local assembly of believers as well as the redeemed of all the ages who follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.” Unfortunately, many look at the church as a building or an organization.⛪️🏦They fail to realize that, according to the Scriptures, the true church is God’s flock—it’s the people. It is a spiritual entity—not a physical organization⛪️ or corporation.🏦 It is the spiritual body of Christ✝️👨👩👧 🔥📜🔥(I Cor. 12:12, 27; Eph. 1:22-23).
The church is made up of those who have been personally called out of this world by God🔥📜🔥 (John 6:44). They come from all nations and walks of life, from other religions and beliefs. Removing the veil of blindness 🔥📜🔥(Isa. 25:7; II Cor. 3:15-16), God alone leads them to His truth, which is pure and unadulterated, so that they might live a new life through Christ. Collectively, they are the ekklesia.
But all too often—the physical “church” becomes corrupt; various forms of abuse take place; men take to themselves too much authority and “lord it over” the members; and biblical teachings get replaced by tradition. In fact, tradition is a big part of most religions. But as Peter wrote, we are to “be holy” as God is holy ❗️📜🔥(I Pet. 1:15-16). This means we must reject tradition if it is in conflict with the truth of the Scriptures. When tradition is set over truth, what must we do? Do we follow tradition, or do we follow truth? A true Christian must choose truth. This was the very situation I faced.
Truth comes from God; ✝️falsehood comes from the devil.👿 Do men lie? Of course! Man inherited a deceitful spirit from Satan. Once man chose that path in the Garden of Eden, he’s been subject to deceit and false teaching ever since. 🔥📜🔥Isaiah 59:4 says, “None calls for justice, nor does anyone plead for truth; they trust in vanity and speak lies. They conceive mischief and bring forth iniquity.” We can all see the evidence—corruption and deceit-load comments ⬇️⬇️