Tuesday – The Boundaries of God’s Presence
Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus is a catchy Latin phrase that means “outside the church there is no salvation.” It was first penned by St. Cyprian in the third century, and it has been used ever since to express the essentiality of the Church for salvation. This simple phrase has created endless debate. Does this mean only those who are part of the visible Church are saved? Or does this refer to the invisible Church of which people are a part even though they may not belong to a local congregation? The debate is about more than the role of the Church. It is about the boundaries of God’s presence.