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.