Today’s episode we discussed the visible and the invisible church…and no this has nothing to do with H.G. Wells.
Some of the discussion points that were covered included:
Understanding the Visible/Invisible church distinction
As regards the Reformation
Errors when it comes to this distinction
The invisible church IS the visible church
The visible church IS the invisible church
The visible and invisible are two different churches
How do we account for churches that are not faithful?
Impure vs pure
How impure before it is no church at all?
Here’s the question for debate – What does the modern visible church today look like and how close is that to what it should look like? What things would be different?
What is the role of the local church?
What is the social gospel?
What is the invisible church? How does that differ from the visible church?
Westminster Standards. Chapter 25, “Of the Church,” states: “The catholic or universal church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the Head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all. The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; and of their children: and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation” (sections 1, 2).