Dear church: you talk about the distinction between Church, all believers, and church, a local group that meets in a building every week. Why? Where is that in the Bible? There are a lot of verses about the Church, as in all believers, but where did all of these local groups come from? We all believe in Jesus. Why can’t we get along, at least agreeing to disagree? What happened to loving each other?
Jesus told the disciples not to forbid the person baptizing because ‘he that is not against us is for us’. When was this forgotten?
I look at the various denominations and styles of churches and think of 1 Corinthians 9:
20To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
The verse isn’t about various churches, but it takes a variety of churches and worship styles to reach the most people. If so, we’re all part of the same Church. Please don’t expect me to think in “us” versus “them”. We’re all believers, and that’s a really great thing.