I have found that this question can cause quite a bit of controversy. Problem is, very few people I run into these days ask this question, and that’s part of the reason why I started this blog!
Let’s see how it plays out…
The Merriam Webster Dictionary Online (an everyday, common resource) defines “CHURCH” as follows:
1 : a building for public and especially Christian worship
2 : the clergy or officialdom of a religious body
3 often capitalized : a body or organization of religious believers: as a : the whole body of Christians b : denomination <the Presbyterian church> c : congregation
4 : a public divine worship <goes to church every Sunday>
5 : the clerical profession <considered the church as a possible career>
Now, I find this quite telling. Only one of these (slightly, in my opinion) fits the usage of the word as translated in the New Testament. That just goes to show how far and broad our understanding and usage of the word has gone.
So what do you think? Do you see an accurate definition here?