In one sense, there is no such thing as a perfect church. The churches described in the Bible are, by definition, imperfect churches made up of imperfect people, who regularly gather together because of their need for one another and their need to become more like their perfect Savior and Lord.
In another way, however, every real church is perfect. According to the Bible, all who believe in Christ are perfect, whole, and complete in Him (Colossians 1:28). The perfection they don’t have in themselves they received as a gift from Him. He gives to every member of His church a forgiveness He has purchased with His own blood. He calls us righteous because one the cross He took our sin and made it possible for us to share in the gift of His righteousness.
The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23
This gift is available to all who:
- Acknowledge their sin.
- Admit their inability to save themselves.
- Believe that Jesus Christ died for their sins.
- Believe that He rose from the dead.
- Receive Him as their personal Savior.
If this isn’t your idea of a perfect church, don’t look for one. A perfect church is made up of broken, dependent, imperfect, teachable, forgetful, troubled, formerly lost people. They have no perfection to boast about except what has been graciously given to then as an undeserved gift of God.
Have you personally accepted the free gift of salvation? If you haven’t, do so today.
- Adapted from RBC booklet Who Needs the Church?, Our Daily Bread June-August 1993 Quarterly Issue