"To be in Christ is to be in the Church (i.e., the Body of Christ); these are not separate propositions. Moreover, being in Christ means we are members of a particular visible church with real relationships and real people. While the visible church (like individual human beings), has invisible attributes, there is no mythical “invisible church” that exists apart from the visible church. Such a false dichotomy leads to a serious devaluing of the church and offers false consolations to many who see themselves as “members in good standing” in the invisible church. But we should never separate what God has joined together."