It has been one of the many words the meaning of which gets changed on the fly to fit whatever one needs it to mean.<quoted text>
This usage of the phrase "the church" seems to elude the Christians. It's a continual stumbling block for them. But since communicating with such people isn't the purpose of any post, it's not an issue.
My point is that Christianity is NOT based on what the Bible says but on 1700 years of what religious leaders CLAIM it means.
No person could simply read the Bible on their own and come to a single one of the conclusions that are espoused by Christianity.