God IS one.
Just like The church
When Jesus said, “I will build my Church” in Matt. 16:18 He wasn’t talking about constructing a building. He was talking about creating a world wide body of believers.
Not many many individuals but we collectively or by ourselves are "the Church."
Matthew 16:18 is also translated "I will build my COMMUNITY
", which can also be understood to be a group of believers. The group of believers is also referred to as 'the body of Christ
', not necessarily the church.
Bear in mind the body of believers weren't even called Christians until much later (Acts 11:16), so it isn't accurate to refer to them as the church insofar as interpretation of Matthew is concerned ... or any of the other gospels. We should bear in mind that the church wasn't even officially sanctioned/legalized/adopted by the Roman government until the year 310AD.
At that time Emperor Constantine allowed believers to form legally sanctioned groups called churches, to appoint administrators over its affairs (priests and bishops) AND TO HOLD REAL ESTATE. Thus the term 'church' is more often employed as a legal entity not unlike corporations of our own time. Indeed, the corporate structure today resembles in great measure that of the legally sanctioned religious community - the church. Each has a board of directors (elders in churches), a CEO (priest or minister), a division supervisor (bishop) and a sales team (proselytizers). One important difference is that while a corporations' product is taxed externally by the government a church internally taxes its members (tithe) who buy into its product (ceremony, membership and assurances of immortality).
It has been argued that the term church refers to a single ethereal organization
rather than a disorganized clutter of corrupt confused and divisive worldly religious groups. Unfortunately such is not the case when believers assemble in their houses of prayer ON DAYS NOT SANCTIONED BY THE BIBLE (ie: sunday) to pay their religious taxe$ to their respective corporate managers (who typically mismanage those funds and sometimes abuse the children of their benefactors).
The argument as to what composes a true church is likewise muddied and obfuscated mostly by those who have no idea of the general theme of scripture (divine intent). Instead these same mentally challenged individuals insist that ONLY THEIR GROUP/church
is the one intended to receive the blessings of heaven. Its rather laughable that when they insist upon the existence of an ethereal 'church', which is Biblically incorrect, they invariably fall back upon worldly standards to justify something they claim isn't worldly. This is the epitome of religious confusion. These same poor souls never stop to consider that all these different religious groups, who also claim to be God's church, could all be mistaken. They never admit the Bible says something else entirely because they've been programmed to parrot religious slogans and buzz words. When the error is pointed out to them, they react with typical invective and insult, never out of a clear headed desire to glean the truth about what they believe or the group they think they belong to.
As a result the religious members of the plastic Christian ch
urch, which now bends every way imaginable so as to please the secular world, have no idea what they stand for, what the Bible means, or what the mind and heart of God really demands of any of us. They are quite sure, however, that they are absolutely right even as their board of directors solemnly declare the Bible isn't a standard for anything more ethereal than a kid's comic book.
Is it any wonder the church is Ichabod (1 Samuel 4:21) and that it is condemned by the Almighty? (1 Peter 4:17 & Revelation 18:4)
The answer to our modern conundrum is REPENTANCE, but such a topic is forbidden in the blind and lame church because the only true real message preached any more is happy talk to fill seats ON THE WRONG WORSHIP DAY. That, my dear reader, is the truth of the matter.
It is OPINION, rather than truth, which lies at the heart of most of these discussions. Opinion, if you will consult Genesis 3, was the first fruit of the forbidden tree. If you eat of it you shall surely die.
that's me, hollering from the choir loft...