I have seen this term "body of Christ" referred to more than I can remember in several threads in the Baptist forums as well as in the Other Denominations forums. Now, I know that when this term is used it basically means "believers" of whatever church, denomination or belief set. And therein is my question. Paul can use this term confidently in his time because then there were just the Christians, and the pagans. but will someone explain to me how we can use this term confidently in our time given the different bodies of doctrine we hold to and the various kinds and colors of denominations we have all calling themselves Christians and "believers" ? No malice in this question, and no malice in the quotation marks for believers.