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Image of cathedralChrist's corporate body was the church disrobed! The institutional church was not a part of the Body of Christ but more like a heavy coat wrapped around that Body. Like a garment, the institutional church had both good and bad qualities. It protected the body and kept it warm in Winter but it also restricted the body in its movements because of its weight.

Authorized Religion

Household of Faith (Jewish)The current model of the institutional church was developed several centuries after Christ when Christianity had become an authorized religion in the Roman Empire. As an institution in society, a congregation was developed in each neighborhood modeled on the Jewish synagogue system. In the Synagogue, ten households gathered as a local worshipping group meeting first in a member's house and then in their own purpose-built worship places. Their purpose was to serve their local community. This was basically how the church began and continued to this very day.✞

"Institutional Church Body"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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