The Different “Church”es and their Respective Meanings
In some older entries I below I mention the “Church” with two entirely and vastly different meanings. The difference between the two meanngs is great.
“The Church” as I referred to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is as I referred to it… as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), an organization of men inspired by God for the purpose and sake of His will and the Great Commission. As men they fail but they are charged with doing God’s works. The “Church” in that case is an abreviated mention of the institution and organization of Christians who follow the Presbyterian traditions and are led by specific men as respective governing entities. They make mistakes as do all men. Even pastors, priests, ministers, elders, and other men of God lead the flock in wrong directions. I also used this as a reference to the Catholic Church as an intitution, with leaders within its own clergy; they are all servants of God and as men they sometimes fail. The Presbyterians are a sect of the larger Church, as I describe below.
I actually used this form to refer to the Catholic Church as “the Church” in a similar manner and I was not wrong to do so. It is also a sect of the larger Church. albeit one of the largest if not the largest Christian sect, if I use correctly.
“The Church,” in its other meaning, was in regards to the whole body of Christ as Paul described it in 1 Corinthians 12:12-26. When a church as a smaller institution does something it may affect the rest of the body. Traditions aside, denominations and sects are not seperate bodies. There is only one body. The actions, or thehttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif fulfillment of demands/notions from the governing entity of one specific sect would have the effect of harming the Body.