God doesn’t Dwell in a House Made with Hands

God has been calling multitudes out of the four walls of the so-called “church” into gathering in houses, meeting together to break bread, and sharing Jesus with one another, just as the early church did in the book of Acts.

How simple the Lord made this for his people, yet man has complicated the simplicity of the gospel with all manner of rules, regulations, man made doctrines and traditions of men that have watered down the gospel of Jesus Christ, and in the process have weakened the original gospel rendering it nearly powerless and ineffective from what it once was.

“Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made with human hands; as the prophet says,
‘Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
or what is the place of my rest?
Did not my hand make all these things?’” Acts 7:48-50

What is it going to take for many church going people to realize what has changed from the original truths in the bible, into a man made system not ordained by Jesus Christ? Over so many 100’s of years, this system has become an addiction, and man made tradition, taking on a life of it’s own so prevalent and pervasive that it has replicated itself on nearly every corner and back street of Christendom; even though called by different names and operating under various doctrines, they still resemble one another.

The “church” preaches, “You can’t put God in a box”, which is true…yet hypocritically, that is precisely what they have attempted to do.

Strangely and ironically, the organized “church” itself dwells in boxes of various sizes and styles, very seldom leaving their collective boxes to go out into the highways and byways, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom. Or…showing forth kindness and being good Samaritans to those beaten up, bruised and abused by the world.

(And even if they do wander out occasionally, it’s mainly to gain new converts to their individual box).

Remember that Jesus pointed out that it was a priest and a Pharisee that walked right by the wounded man, ignoring and neglecting to minister to the poor fellow, illustrating the callouness of the organized religious system.

It’s not much different today…in fact, the “churches” have become havens for wolves in sheeps clothing who beat and abuse the sheep and drive them out into streets.

These things should not be so…Jesus was gentle and kind, calling us to follow HIM; to love and care for one another, and to care for the poor and needy.

Conversely….

Instead of giving to the poor, the box builders sow back into their boxes, even to building bigger and supposedly better and more elaborate boxes. And they call these the “houses of God” as though He lived in a bunch of different houses made with sticks and bricks, which he does not.

On the contrary, he lives in clay containers called human beings. They are those who are the temples of the Holy Spirit.

It’s my guess that the Most High God is going to blow their boxes to smithereens spiritually. And the sooner the better, even if it takes persecution or tribulation…then perhaps we can get on with what we were called to do, and that is to abandon the zillions of sects, denominations and man made
“churches” and get on about the Father’s business of being unified in the spirit: worshipping God in spirit and truth. Being witnesses to a lost and dying world, with enough power and strength from on high that the lost and hurting will actually listen and be drawn rather than either laughing or running away.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus!

House Churches-Leaving the False Organized Church

 

Back in the day, as a new spirit filled believer, and eagerly studying the Word of God, I first “joined” up with “church” as we have come to know it. This particular church seemed to be the closest model of what the early church was…except, as I began to find out not too long after joining….that it wasn’t. Many things began to trouble me, and I questioned the LORD why this church and others wasn’t like the one He set up in the book of Acts, and the rest of the New Testament. I tried to pass my concerns off as a cultural issue, but couldn’t get away from the burning question in my heart, “Who gave man the right to change God’s order for church?”

 

Gradually, the Lord began to open my eyes more and more to the fact, that no one did, least of all Him! It was man’s doing! The entire man-made system was upside down from the top to the bottom. But yet, looking across the broad landscape of organized institutional churches, I could see this man-made form of an intellectual, back-slidden “church” had become the norm, not only across my city and state, but across America and most part of what we call the West. There wasn’t one single assembly that practiced the scriptural model of the assembly of believers anywhere in sight as far as I could see, except for some isolated underground churches in countries where Christians were persecuted.

 

I use the word “church” here loosely, because actually, the real meaning of church is not a building. The accurate definition is the assembly of the called out ones. In other words, the “CHURCH” is the Body of Christ, the believers, not a building or an organization. 

 

The final upshot of these things the LORD showed me, was that He wanted me out of it.  And out of it I went, because to me, I had no other choice than to obey Him. The rest is history, and I’m not going to go into all of it here, as this is not the place. The question is to those believers who are still in bondage to the man-made system, are you willing to open your eyes to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and “come out of her”?

 

What I have found, as I’ve tried to explain to those still in bondage to the church system, is that they look at me in shocked disbelief and simply shut their eyes and minds to ANYTHING, even Truth, that doesn’t fit into the narrow paradigm of what they’ve been taught, come to believe and indoctrinated in, no matter how off, un-scriptural or downright wrong it is. This simple fact explains WHY there are so many different denominations and versions of “church” practice. And why, even early on, the Apostle Paul asked the piercing questions to the believers in Galatians in Chapter 3″1O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

 

Not that today’s Christians may be practicing the Law, or parts of it, but that they , having begun in the Spirit, but are now practicing the works of the flesh in these man-made doctrines and traditions of men that make the Word of God of no effect. What do Christians think these words and others mean if not what God intended them to mean? Clearly, not what they have been and are being taught in apostate, fallen away churches across the land.

But read on, within the pages of these links and the series of videos and begin to question, who are you going to obey, man or God? Be willing to be taught by the Holy Spirit, and compare notes within your own frame of reference, if what you are practicing really and truly lines up with the practice of church in the early church.

http://www.housechurchresource.org/index.html