Dr. Couch, I have friends who foolishly say the church is in the OT. They say that the Greek Septuagint, for example, translates the Hebrew word "congregation" from the Greek word "ecclesia" which can be "church." Thus, the doctrine of the church is in the OT. How do you answer?
ANSWER: These people are just plain foolish and ignorant! I can't be
anymore strong about it. The Greek word "ecclesia" can be translated
"church, assembly, congregation" but that is simply a judgment call by
the translators. Context determines whether we are speaking about the NT
doctrine of the church or not. (Note Numbers 10:2.) This is simply a
translation issue and not a doctrinal issue.
The doctrine of
the church is something brand new in the NT. The Bible is not saying
that the doctrine of the NT church is in the OT. And these people who
so argue are really crazy and blind, and I might add, argumentative! I
can't help but believe they really know better but they want the Bible
to say what they want it to say, even throwing common sense to the wind!
In some ways, it is not worth our time to argue with them. Their heads
are in the sand and their arguments are so nutty that it is impossible
to discuss such issues with them!
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch