The Importance of Christ’s Church

I am Day 3 into a seven-day vacation (yeah, I am weird, I started on Thursday) and my wife informed me I should not be posting to my blog while I am on vacation, but since she has headed off to Beaumont (nails, hair, etc.—you know, fun stuff for girls), before I head out to clear some brush, I thought I would wax eloquently for a paragraph or two.

Much has been made about Harold Camping’s prediction of the rapture taking place today (we know he was wrong, at least, about it starting in New Zealand, Australia, etc, and going around the globe) for the time has come and gone in those areas without any end-of-time earthquakes. However, as Biblically in error as Camping was about the Second Advent of our Lord, his error about Christ’s Church is far worse. His teaching that the Church Age has come to an end is abject heresy. The church is Christ’s bride, as Paul reminds us in Ephesians 5:25-27:

“25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”

He will always have a church, and He will continue to care for her, and sanctify her until the initiating of the New Heavens and the New Earth (then His sanctifying work will be complete). The Westminster Confession of Faith’s chapter on the church is so precise that I would simply like to post it without comment as a reminder to us all that outside of His church, there “is no ordinary possibility of salvation.”

1. The catholic or universal church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

2. The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; and of their children: and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation.

3. Unto this catholic visible church Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and doth, by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereunto.

4. This catholic church hath been sometimes more, sometimes less visible. And particular churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administered, and public worship performed more or less purely in them.

5. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error; and some have so degenerated, as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan. Nevertheless, there shall be always a church on earth, to worship God according to his will.

6. There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof.


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