posted on Aug, 6 2010 @ 04:49 AM
Originally posted by catwhoknows
Yes, I appreciate your point - but I would really like to know the 7 churches.
I will try to list them.
Scientology (is that a church)?
So, I am trying to get to 7.
John is using "church" in the sense of "local community".
He lists them as Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.
The other good definition of the word "church" is that they are the "blessed company of all faithful people" (that comes from an Anglican prayer).
In other words, every Christian all over the world, whatever denomination he belongs to, is by definition a member of "the Church".
You're obviously using the popular definition, that the individual organisations called "denominations" are "churches". That isn't really a good
definition- it's misleading, and it confuses the issue. I can see no reason why John should have been talking about denominations.
As for the ones you name- the word "Christian" applies to all parts of the Church, but Scientology is not Christian.
[edit on 6-8-2010 by DISRAELI]