The building represented in the picture above, is not an accurate representation of what’s going on in the organized church world today. New extravagant structures are going up all over the country, and add on’s such as gyms and family centers are being added onto existing structures, (all of course, being paid for by the “faithful” or new converts).
However, the image does represent the “bones” if you will, of the old system which should have been buried, but yet hasn’t been.
Many of my blog mates and I have posted extensively that the mainstream organized churches and denominations, as we know them, have become passé. And not only passé, but that they never should have existed in the first place, not being based on the early church model that Jesus set up. See Book of Acts.
We have written that instead of “church”, we should be experiencing ecclesia, the assembling of the called out ones.
However, these ecclesias seem to be no where in sight, at least not that we can participate in locally in our own areas.
Even though there is a church on every corner in America, where are the ecclesias? If the subject is raised with a “church person”, their eyes will glaze over; they either don’t know what you’re talking about, or will argue with you about their church being the real deal….or, they will just make an excuse to exit your presense.
Just what is “ecclesia” supposed to look like anyway? In a nutshell, it should look and work out something like this; with each participant filled to the brim with the Holy Spirit, and flowing together in harmony, much like a symphony orchestra led by the conductor. In a Spirit led ecclesia, the orchestra would be the members, and the conductor would be the Holy Spirit orchestrating the assembly.
1 Corinthians 14:26
26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
I will be the first to admit, I don’t have the answers. I’ve wandered around in the wilderness for over a decade, caught between two worlds; that of the institutional church, and the “worldly” world, and I can’t go back to either one.
As I said, we’ve posted about this issue; we’ve talked it nearly to death, but no one seems to have come up with a viable answer……….or have they? This seems to be a real possibility, IF, we could in our own cities and towns find one:
http://www.housechurch.com/House-Church-Questions/Home-into-the-Church, or at least one what functions in a godly, Christ centered manner such as this site seems to offer.
I for one, long to actively participate in a real time, viable ecclesia, where there is true Body Life functioning in harmony to the edification and building up of the saints, and I will not settle for less. Why should any of us who long for true fellowship? There must surely be others in our own communities that feel the same way. There are ways of seeking them out. Thanks to the Internet, and even the phone book and local newspapers forums and blogs, we are not without resources.