The Ekklesia is not a Church Building
What happens when someone is saved and there is no “local” modern church in their area? What are they to do when there is no “church” to go to with other Christians in it? If you do not attend “church” on Sunday, then you might not be considered a believer at all. If you are one of those people, do not fret; the Word of God will reveal who, or what the “local ekklesia” really are.
For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. – 1 Corinthians 3:9
This verse does not say that we are in a building, but we are “God’s building.”
Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? – Acts 7:48-49
In the Old Testament, the Israelite's had a portable tabernacle, but when King Solomon built the first fixed one the result was that it became a worship place of other pagan gods. To this day, man is still trying to erect their own "temples” of worship and say that is the place where you can go and meet God. They do this in in the name of God, but the fact is that over time, through the diaprax of compromise, the “local” modern church will conform the traditions of man, and the idolatry that becomes more about about the man-made building and the agenda within it.
Stephen was stoned for speaking against the Jewish temple.
This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law: For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us.- Acts 6:13-14
Today, you will most likely be called a heretic for saying that there is no need for a “church” building for people to go into to worship Jesus Christ. We do not need to go to a temple, tabernacle, synagogue, or “church” building to meet God and have the truth dispensed to us from a pulpit or platform from the “priest class” to a passive audience.The true and genuine ekklesia are not supposed to be a permanent fixture on a prime piece of real estate in your local neighborhood, but is to be portable in nature. It is supposed to go out to the hurt and the lost, not the other way around. The modern "church" expects the lost to come to them to find truth. Where in the New Testament does it say to erect a building and invite the lost to come into it? The true believers (ekklesia) are living stones who are supposed to go out and save the lost. Saved souls are the ekklesia.
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. - 1 Peter 2:5
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. – 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
The verse says, “Which temple ye are,” not which temple ye attend. There is a very clear distinction in this verse. The people that go to the modern “local churches” display completely different behaviors when they are in the "church" building. They are on good behavior so that they will not defile themselves in such a “holy” place. The carnal “Christians” carry on in their behaviors during the week, but on Sunday in the church building, they are “plastic fantastic.” If they would truly understand that their bodies are the church/tabernacle of God they might behave differently. What you choose to do “in church,” at home, or out on the town should be considered the same thing. If you smoke, drink, and fornicate at home, you are doing it in the church because you are the church.
Are you “in church” just on Sundays, or are you the ekklesia all the time?
There is a big difference. To most people, their "church" life is summed up on one, or two days a week “in church.” Many people have asked me, “Where do you go to church?” My reply is, “How do you go to church if you are the ekklesia?” I often get this blank stare from them as they think I must be out of my mind. The fact is, I am one of the ekklesia seven days a week.
The "church" building is a hungry “beast” that has a ferocious appetite for the monetary. There are expenses such as, the mortgage, building maintenance, clergy/staff salaries, lawn/landscape maintenance, utilities, etc.., which must be kept up. The list could go on and on. How much of the monetary is applied to getting to know Jesus Christ more intimately, learning Scripture, and GOING OUT to the hurt, needy, and lost. Most of the typical “pew warmers” know very little about Scripture at all. All that they consume is the “cotton candy” that the pastor spews from the pulpit to tickle their ears. The false doctrine of tithing is promoted to manipulate those into filling the offering baskets. The announcements are all about getting volunteers to sign up for the endless “to do” list that is all about what goes on IN THE BUILDING.
Do these type of behaviors really develop a more mature intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, or is it more about the relationship with the "church" building?
The incorporated "church" system has failed because it runs on a worldly system of operation. It has become all about the bottom line where the board members run the activities of the "church" entity. The ekklesia are people whose activities are run by the working of the Holy Spirit in them. Waiting for a priesthood to do things for you will lead to a dead end. You must learn by the guiding of the Holy Spirit that to learn to seek out truth for yourself. The “local” modern "church" that markets products and services does not offer the true gospel; they have turned the true Gospel into a business instead.
Is the Gospel about having a store front? When the salvation message is preached over and over each week in church to get the random couple, or person saved so that they can become members, it is essentially about obtaining a licence to tap into their wallets. There are people who want to consume solid food, but they are not getting it. The CEO (pastor) is too busy trying to fill the pews so that he can go home with a paycheck. The pastor is not supposed to have all the answers; instead, each one of us should be studying the Bible on our own and weighing and testing to see if what the pastor says is actually truth.
Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. – 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Pastors are supposed feed the flock solid food. The ekklesia are not supposed to get it from one sole person, but from others too. We must learn to compare and contrast Scripture with the words of men among many witnesses. No one person is infallible. If pastors neglect to feed the flock proper food, then the flock will not mature and grow to learn how to find food for themselves, or others. Unfortunately, the modern "church" is filled with adults that need to be spoon fed. The pastor has to say, “Here comes the choo choo train!” so he can spoon feed the pabulum into their mouths. The "pew warmers" do not know how to function as “living stones.” If you cannot feed yourself and others, you will be useless in expanding the kingdom of God.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. – Revelation 3:20
And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water. – Exodus 29:4
These two verses reveal two different doctrines to two different people groups. Aaron, who was the high priest of the Levite priesthood had control of the door of the tabernacle to the Israelite congregation. In contrast, Jesus Christ is our High Priest and we (the ekklesia) are the tabernacle. We do not need a priesthood to open the door for us, all we have to do is open the door and let Jesus Christ in ourselves. The Pope, or pastor will make you believe it is only them who can open the door for you. The truth is that you are the one who is in control.
Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus – Hebrews 3:1
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. – Hebrew 4:14-15
Jesus Christ knows what we are personally going through in our lives and truly understands us because He went through all the temptations, trials, and tribulations as a man also. He can be our High Priest because He made it through without sinning. No clergy member can claim the infallibility of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ washes us with His blood, not via the priesthood.
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. – Revelation 1:5-6
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. – Ephesians 5:25-27
Our physical bodies are the temple, Jesus Christ is the High Priest, and we are washed by His blood and cleansed by the Word of God. His blood washes our sins away and we stay clean by washing ourselves in His Word. It is living according to His standards. You cannot know His standards by not studying them. Sitting passively in a modern "church" pew is not going to wash and cleanse you in the Word of God.
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. – Psalm 119:9
Spending time studying the Word is so much more important than your social status in the "church." Your social status with Jesus Christ should take precedence. We are His dwelling place. We are the building. We are the ekklesia. If you believe the “church” is where you go, then you have been deceived. Making a place in your mind and heart for Jesus Christ is not in the "church" building, but among the ekklesia.
The modern "church" has forsaken the Gospel for the all-inclusive social club that takes place in the building.
Do you go to church, or are you among the ekklesia?
Jesus Christ never mentioned that we are to join a "church" building and become members in some denomination. What He did say is that we are to be separate. Even the Israelite's who were the distinct people of God, were to be holy and separate from the heathen nations. Shouldn't we also separate ourselves from the traditions of man?
The modern “church” has become like the Jewish synagogue centers of worship, with the "clergy" teaching the "laity" the things of God. What is called "Christianity" has been lost in the traditions of man that believe that you must go to "church," rather than being the ekklesia. We are the tabernacle of God. Going to the "church" has become idolatry. The modern "churches" are eating off the table of Satan. God destroyed the Jewish temple two times, and He will do it again because it honors antichrist, instead of Jesus Christ. The modern "churches" have erected their own “temples” for men and have become an abomination to God.
The pastors in the modern "church" are honoring themselves and their legacies, and history reveals that this behavior will bring wrath and judgement. King Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed Babylon in honor of his majesty, but God made him to eat grass like an ox. Restoration to God only comes from giving Him all the thanksgiving and glory. The modern "church" will hate you for truth, but will only love you as long as you do not hinder their cash flow. Just like Israel, the modern "church" has taken Canaanite women as wives. The result is that their offspring have become genetically debased and Godless.
A true believer in Jesus Christ is the true temple of Jesus Christ. Do not fall for the man-made counterfeit.
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