A profound reflection on ‘Church’ by a good egg, Gregory Orloff. (Link is to a secure server.) Includes the following:

Without the Church, there can be no true Christianity. Nowadays in America, a popular brand of religious individualism claims “a personal relationship with Jesus” and “the Bible” are all a person really needs. But there are two problems with this mistaken thinking.

First, Christ did not promise His presence to isolated followers “going it alone.” He said: “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). Furthermore, Christ did not leave us the Bible, bound in black leatherette, as a personal handbook. What He did leave us for guidance is the Church, of which He said: “I will build My Church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against her” (Matthew 16:18). So one cannot get to Christ by bypassing His very own Body, the Church (1 Corinthians 12:27).


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