What is to follow are some key points that need to be made clear. Why? Because what is a “church” has become lost over the centuries.
The first and most important point: we are called together as already saved members of the Body of Christ.
Matthew 18: 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Hebrews 10: 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
These verses show clearly that we are to be with Christ when we gather together. Also note that these gatherings are not called “churches” here. Just gathering, which leads to my second key point.
1 Corinthians 14: 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Churches as is seen above is defined as follows in Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance: 1577 ekklesia ek-klay-see’-ah from a compound of 1537 and a derivative of 2564; a calling out, i.e. (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):–assembly, church.
A Christian community and an assembly.
Again we clearly see that these meeting and assemblies are first following that which is taught in Matthew 18 and Hebrews 10. A gathering together as already children of God through the salvation of Jesus Christ.
We are also told by Christ to go into the world and teach the gospel. He never says bring the world into the gatherings. Yet that is what is being done today.
Sinners are being allowed in the building that are called “churches,” for that is all they are buildings. Especially if you are not already one with God through Christ. Churches were just buildings made to make it easier to gather together, which in time allowed a man-made system to be created that as the centuries have passed turned them into businesses and enterprises and in today’s world that is exactly what most are. Gathering in funds to allow the head person in the pulpit to live in luxury while many in the “congregation” struggle to makes ends meet.
Acts 2: 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
A true “church” is called to spread the wealth to all within it. Not to keep it for the few as is done in a business. For that is what today’s “churches” especially most larger ones are all about.
Here is what those in Christ should seek out when looking for a home to gather in the name of Christ:
Is God the center?
How does the pastor live and dress?
Are people within the “church” struggling while others prosper?
Do you feel growth in your spiritual journey toward God?
If any of these answers leaving you doubting then it is best to move on and look for something else.
It has been the plan by those that do not think God is real to subjugate those they think below them. Not as “intelligent” as them.
It has even been caught on video tape that the average citizen of the nation is “too stupid” to realize that they are being manipulated.
It has happened in stages. One of the key blocks they knew they had to attack and remove was the Christian religion. They took little steps here and little bites there. They removed God from the school systems and now they have fallen into chaos and less and less is being taught to our children where each group that graduates is a little more ignorant then the one before. Respect for your fellows and your elders has been stripped away all under the guise of political correctness.
Millions of babies are being murderer every year. Human sacrifices to living a life solely for the self and not for the child that has just been sucked out of the womb through a plastic tube.
All of this is the work of those that deny God. That put on the mask of hypocrisy with full knowledge that they are openly lying to the average citizen.
But who is really at fault here? The person making the changes or the person allowing the changes? Actually it is both, but the one most guilty is the one allowing the changes, especially if they know what is happening is wrong.
It is past time for those that have set silently by and allowed these sins to stack up to the point that the United States is on the verge of collapse. Yet many still sit quiet and do nothing. (James 4:17)
It has been documented that most that called themselves Christian stayed at home for the 2012 Presidential election. All mainly due to the fact that the Republican nominee was a Mormon. Now I do not support the Mormon view and I personally consider them to be a successful cult since they are a part of this society, but to allow the man that is now in the White House stay there is one of the greatest sins ever commit by anyone that either did not vote or voted for him because he calls himself “Christian.” His actions say that he is not. This nation, due to it Christian believes and values has supported the nation of Israel, yet every chance the White House gets to insult demean or diminish Israel they do so. To the point that Israel canceled the purchase of 6 V-22s because someone in the White House called the Israeli Prime Minister a “chicken BEEP.” Also he has promised this or that would happen if you supported his ideas and now one of his ideas is a law. A law that has devastated our healthcare system. All of which was built upon lies. (Ephesians 4:17)
Yet the nation stays quiet as this man leads this nation further and further into collapse and mayhem. It is time those that call themselves “Christian” start to live up to that name and what it means. It is time to defend this once proud nation that was created to worship God. It is time for the Bible to be read. It is time for the word of God to be heard and taught once more. It is time for this world of selfishness and self-serving to be removed and replaced with the nation of caring for your brother before yourself as it was once attempted to be done.
Has this nation ever been perfect? No. Because we have to deal with people that do not understand the teaching of Jesus Christ and have been misinformed as to their true meaning. People need to read the Bible and seek out those that have read it and understand its meaning and purpose. It is a journey of learning that all must undergo. Why? So they will be able to see the little truths being mixed with the lies that are being told to them so they will see the real truth and be able to reject the hypocrisy that is being given to them.
It is time to place God back as the head of this nation. The national government needs to be down sized. The budget deficit must be removed or your children and grandchildren will live in starvation and want because the nation of the United States of America will no longer exist and it will be your own fault for not turning to God and the teachings of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.