The church, often referred to as the body of Christ is made up of all who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. As such, it is neither a chapel nor a cathedral. It is a living body, an organism.
This truth is illustrated by what is happening in Romania. The state officials are trying to shut down the Second Baptist Church of Oradea. They ordered the people to vacate the property and forbade them to meet there. Then they shut off all electric, water, and sewer services. Suppose the government decides to demolish the building for the “redevelopment of the area,” as they say. Does that mean the church will no longer exist? Absolutely not! And why? Simply because the church is the people, not the building where they meet. In fact, the word church in the New Testament is never used to refer to a building. It is always the body of believers, no matter where they may assemble.
History shows that the most determined efforts of the enemies of the church do not succeed in destroying it. We have seen this demonstrated in our own century – in our own generation. Although persecuted, God’s people have continued to worship Christ in all kinds of settings. He promised that the church will endure because He Himself is the chief cornerstone (Matthew 21:42).
So, even if the church building is destroyed, the church still stands. The gates of Hades cannot prevail against it. – David C. Egner
Christ is made the sure foundation,
Christ the head and cornerstone;
Chosen of the Lord and precious,
Binding all the church in one. – Neale
The church – rooted by God – can never be uprooted by man!
- January 3, 1988, Our Daily Bread