[quote="kmcarl56, post:3, topic:339045"]
Do you believe the Scripture which says:
King James Version (KJV)
10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
This says that the Church teaches the Wisdom of God.
1 Timothy 3:15
King James Version (KJV)
15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
And this says the Church is the Pillar of Truth.
In both instances, the infallible Scripture teaches that the Church is infallible.
What say you?
I am a "Protestant" (I really don't like that word; I am a Christian) and I say that the Church IS ALL OF THE PEOPLE who love and belong to the Lord, and that as His people (the Church), we are all sinners and thus infallible.
Only God can have ALL wisdom, and only He can be infallible. We are not God, we are the Church... and we are human sinners, all of us.
His Church (Christians) was founded on solid rock (or ground) so as not to shift from one way or another. As His devoted followers, we must stand on solid ground with Him. God is the Truth and the Light, and we must be pillars (solid foundation supporters) of that Truth to the world around us.
:extrahappy: I am sooo happy to be a member of His Church!
I agree to an extent with your point about all Christians being a part of His Church...but consider another passage in Scripture. Mt 18:15-18...
15"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Note here in Verse 17 how it says that we are to take our issues and disagreements and "tell it to the church" - and then we are to listen to the church for the church has the authority to bind and loose "whatever".
While as I say I appreciate that we are all members of the body....this passage, coupled with what we see in Acts 15 indicates a more "formal" approach to resolving issues - even among distant church locations.
Add to this that there are at least seven places in Scripture where Jesus and the Apostles pray and exhort us to profound unity...of being of one mind...agreeing with one another and avoiding dissension etc.
All of these things together provide a very profound picture of a visible, unified, and authoritative Church built on an councilior model and subject to the various elders (apostles, bishops etc).
In short - I think that you have a good basic understanding - that we are all members of the body - I just don't think you have fully seen or integrated what Scripture tells us about how that body is intended to function.