On another thread jpete wrote:
Christ is the head of the Church and whoever believes in Him are the adopted sons of God. God’s household is the Church. Now, if this is true the Church is made of sinners, therefore the Church still contains imperfections and will not be made perfect until it is presented as a Bride to Christ.
I thought a new thread should be started so discussion about this topic wouldn’t derail the other thread or get ignored.
I can’t agree with this assessment of the Church, jpete. You are claiming the Church is imperfect while calling Christ it’s head. So, how can the Body of Christ be imperfect if it’s head is divine?
The Church is not merely a human institution that men set up for the sake of convenience, I think you would agree with me there. So, what is the Church? You call it the household of God and in another thread you called it the Body of Christ.
It is both of these things, of course. But, what we have to understand here is–what is the nature of the Church. The Church, just like her Head, is both human and divine. In its divinity it is perfect. It is only it’s human side that needs further perfection.
So, how does this definition fit into a Protestant understanding of the Church? Or doesn’t it?