got into discussion a few days ago about church & I innocently asked "What church do you mean?" this got misinterpreted that I was being ....I don't know, coy, deceitful, maybe arrogant (Byproduct of being a Calvinist sympathizer perhaps...) Anyway, here is an excerpt from a Primitive Baptist Q&A. Maybe this will help sort it out. Question: What is meant by the expression, "the gospel or militant church"? Answer: There are two phases of the church. The universal church or the church of the first born is made up of all the children of God. This is the church which Christ purchased and which He shall finally present without spot or wrinkle and therefore must involve more than one assembly or body of people (Eph. 5: 25-27; Heb. 12: 23). Then the visible, gospel or militant church was set up by Christ as a home for His people during the days of their pilgrimage. To enter the gospel church one must be taught by the gospel and follow the Lord in obedience through the waters of baptism. The gospel church is but a little flock in each place where it is found (Matt. 18: 17; Luke 12: 32; Rom. 16: 16; II Cor. 1: 1) but the church which shall be housed in heaven includes multitudes (Heb. 11:12,13; Rev. 5:9 and 7:9).