Each society has proverbs, pithy statements that may or may not contain some general truth. Some are more useful than others. “All that glitters is not gold” and “two wrongs don’t make a right” seem particularly useful in today’s society. One of the more popular proverbs is “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” But is that true?
Fact: The word “church” or “congregation” (the Greek term: ekklesia) does not appear in 10 of the 27 books of the New Testament.
... what I love about the church is that God has seen it all, taken us into account for who we are, and has built the perfect conveyance for our needs and usefulness. Whatever departures, on the right or on the left, that occur are not evidence of God’s failure, but human choices that will still be folded into his plan and used for his purposes. So we’re right back to the church-as-kingdom, where God is sovereign and we need not seek to improve or reject the pattern he has given.