those Christians on earth who are engaged in a continuous war against evil and the enemies of Christ.
Compare church triumphant.
Origin of church militant
First recorded in 1530–40
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This mortar, probably they thought, threw the shell straighter than any of the other field-pieces of the church-militant.Robert Falconer|George MacDonald