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AN ORGANISM OR A PHYSICAL BUILDING?
While on a hunting trip several years ago, I stumbled across an old cemetery. Nearby was a half-standing building that was almost completely covered with kudzu (southern ivy) and honeysuckle vines. As I approached it, I made out the word “church” on the front wall. All across our land there are many buildings-large, small, brick, steel, old, new – which are called “church.”
Most of these buildings come complete with nice comfortable pews, air and heat, stained glass windows, and a steeple. To the majority, believer and non-believer, “church” has come to mean a building. I am not suggesting that God does not use physical buildings today. He obviously does! There is nothing wrong with being taught the Bible and worshipping God in a building. But many people have difficulty separating the real church from the physical building. What exactly is the church?