As you know, the focus of my blog is the church, and primarily the assembling of brothers and sisters in Christ. Because of that, people (in real life) often ask me about my beliefs about the church.
(Interestingly, I rarely bring up the topic myself. Instead, I try to live it out as an example.)
Since my ecclesiological beliefs (understanding of the church) are different than many people’s beliefs, there are often disagreements when I’m talking with someone about the church. I’m not upset or disappointed when someone disagrees with me, especially when those disagreements come from different interpretations of Scripture.
But, what I’ve found is that most people don’t know what the Scriptures say about the church. Those same people usually have very (very) strong convictions about the church. But, when I ask about Scripture, they usually say something like, “Well, I haven’t studied that like you have.”
Like I said, it’s perfectly fine when someone disagrees with my interpretation of Scripture. But, I’m very confused when someone stands steadfastly on a certain belief about the church, but that person knows very little about what Scripture says about the church.
Do you want to disagree with my understanding of the church? That’s fine. But, could you read what Scripture says about the church first?