Posted by: SandreS | November 16, 2009

God’s Outsiders: The Called-Out Ones (A Biblical Look at God’s Ecclesia), Part 14

The Church – In a Locality vs. the Local Church

Now, there is something that greatly hinders and opposes the life of the Head living through His Body in a locality: it is the so-called “local church.” That which is represented by this phrase, “the local church,” has no biblical basis whatsoever. There is a vast difference between the church in a locality and the man-made system of “local churches.”

A “local church” is a man-made denominational, sectarian organization that has litmus instead of life. These “local churches,” with their human “heads,” divide Christendom into manifold schisms.

Any given locality may have many such “local churches” in it. One’s personal sectarian preference will usually determine which of them is viewed as their “local church.” If one is a Baptist, for instance, then when he speaks of “the local church” he means an organization which is in harmony with his denominational doctrine. Litmus, not life.

“Local church” is defined in light of one’s flavor of denominationalism, making even the word “local” in “local church” a misnomer. It is usually the norm on Sunday mornings for Christians to pass many “local churches” to get to their own so-called “local church.” In fact, one may well travel by automobile for thirty or forty-five minutes, maybe even an hour or more to get to their own version of “local church.”

Does that sound “local” to you? Even if, scripturally, there was such a thing as a “local church,” wouldn’t the closest “local church” be the “local church?”

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook
© 2000, 2009

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