Friday, May 1, 2009

The Spiritual Life and the Church

In his book It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian, Tod Bolsinger writes, "The church is not a helpful thing for my individual spiritual journey. The church is the journey."

He calls the church an "ontologically irreducible organism." In other words, the church cannot be broken down into parts. It isn't like a club, where autonomous individuals come together based on a common interest or goal. It's more like an organism, where each "member" has a vital role in the whole but cannot survive outside of it. He gets this from the "body of Christ" langauge in 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 3–4.

What do you think about this? If this is sound, what does that mean for those who "love Jesus but want nothing to do with 'organized' religion'"?

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