What is the Church? Who is the Church? Where is the Church? Is there a True Church, is there a false Church and how can you tell the difference? Unlike the simplistic and unassuming appearance of these queries, these are perhaps some of the most important questions that can ever be answered. The answer itself is the most important piece of understanding you could ever possess for the transformation and empowerment of your life. The religious stigma attached to these words belies their critical necessity in illuminating the mind and enlivening the soul, thus their apparent irrelevance when viewed from a traditional vantage point.
In order to clarify this whole subject, a standard must be set by which all definitions of Church must be gauged. Only by possessing such an authoritative standard of universal applicability, can false doctrine be weeded out and comprehension of the Truth begin. The vast potential of benefit to be derived from a proper definition of Church would make one wonder, why it has never been done before? Most likely because without a quantum mechanical reference for the Gospel a working knowledge of the Church must remain outside of a conceptual framework. Since that hindrance is longer an obstacle, let's set about defining this thing called Church and see what all it entails.
The Body of Christ is the only True Church. There it is in one sentence, everything you will ever need to resolve all the issues of life. That is of course assuming you comprehend the nuances and implications involved, then the full measure of probability should be apparent. However upon the chance that you may lack the ability to grasp the quantum dynamics involved, then perhaps more explanation is necessary.
The Body of Christ is the only True Church, which means that Church is an Immortal Being and not an institution. If the Immortal Being of Christ's Body is the only True Church, then all mortal churches must of necessity be false. Can a church composed of Christian mortals be true when Church is an Immortal Being? Can the Immortal Being of Christ's Body be subject to mortal judgments and rulebooks? If God created us Immortal, then who made us all a bunch of mortals? If we are not really mortal, where did all these mortal churches come from? If God's Word is True, does that mean all mortals are liars and blasphemers? (Yes it does) Can you believe in Jesus without becoming the Christ you are in? (No you cannot) Does Union with God leave room for relationship? (No) Is Christ in you my hope of glory? (Yes it is) Is church a building that mortals gather in to pay homage to the immortal one they are not? (We think NOT) Who died and made you God?
This Immortal Being we call Church (The Body of Christ) being the only established authority for Gospel interpretation and church definition, is nevertheless the standard set by God's Word and thus constitutes the only legitimate True Church. The Immortal Being of Christ's Body is True Church and mortal church sin in the camp reunions are false. Since everything you have ever known about church most likely fits into the sin in the camp category then this exposition may seem radical and revolutionary, yet it remains unchangeable Truth. The problem with unchangeable Truth is that you can accept it or deny it but you cannot change it because it is unchangeable. Shall we digress and explore mortal church sin in the camp reunions or continue the definition of Church? The Body of Christ is the only True Church, saying it again will not make it any more true but it might assist you in letting go of your deceptions. So then, The Body of Christ is the only True Church and all mortal churches are false!!!
As we've said: The Body of Christ as the True standard for Church, does present some interesting implications. You may even be grasping some of the dynamics involved by now, shall we continue with implications or get right down to the dynamics? The dynamics of True Church are actually the most vital aspect, as this is where the rubber meets the road. All this intellectual speculation on Absolute Self is fine and good but it is only the experience of Absolute Self that actually counts. This dichotomy is the difference between word lessons and World Lessons. Word lessons are mental gymnastics of intellectual speculation while World Lessons are the experience of Truth. So if we are done playing mortal mind games, let's get into some World Lessons by exploring the dynamics of Church.
First of all the Body is a whole, this can best be represented by a holographic image. Suppose if you will that the Body of Christ as a form is a holographic image. If you know about holograms you understand that every part of the image is contained in every part of the image. If not, you should do some research because we can work with this model. The Body of Christ working by a holographic principle makes every member an integral part of every other member in intimate and direct relationship. Every minute change in the member directly affects the whole and every change in the whole directly affects the member. This is the model that best explains the dynamics we are exploring in the light of wholeness, but there are other models of less technical value that work as well.
The Body of Christ outside of a technical designation can have only one standard and that is Peace. Peace is the only acceptable standard because it is the foundation of Love and Love is the Dynamic of Divine Design. Love is the energy signature of God because God is Love and Peace is the access code to the dynamics of God's energy signature. So then, if you are at Peace then congratulations and feel Free to Play!!! If not, then you haven't even gotten started yet, so get to work. Peace is the only standard that witnesses to Truth, therefore the first dynamic to consider is: How much do you Value Peace.
How much you value peace is directly proportional to how much difficulty you will have absolving your self-conflict. When you Value Peace with all honor, self- conflict becomes powerless, anything less determines the level of conflict in authority. It would seem most advantageous if one could see the benefits to be derived on the other side of Peace before taking up the discipline. Otherwise you must just take your stand of Faith on Peace and wait to see what you get. We have attempted here to give you that glimpse of the invisible by giving you words for the unspeakable in hope of your thinking the unthinkable, but only you can let yourself be Free. That is the Value of Peace and why Peace is the only standard for True Church.
So then, Church is an Immortal being known as the Body of Christ, are we finally seeing into the content behind the form of those words yet??? We certainly hope so because we are drawing to a close now. This new definition of Church is the Key to Gospel Truth and Christ in you as my hope of glory is how you turn that key in the lock. Did you know that Christ was in you even before you accepted Him? Accepting Christ does not change Christ it changes you into Christ. If you can't even recognize Christ in your Brother, how can you find him in yourself and others, you don't. That is why Christ in you is my hope of glory.
Now you have the Key to Freedom (a definition of True Church) and the means to turn that key (Christ in you is my hope of glory) in the lock that keeps you trapped in mortality. Don't be surprised to learn if you ever come out of your cell that the door wasn't really locked in the first place. To find out more about your Freedom in Christ: Just BE Free!!!
By: B Weiser
The Body of Christ can be a social institution, to see how that works and socialize go to www.newreformationnow.com Immortal Society of Enlightened Civilization is how that works.