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The Ekklesia are not a Church Building

Updated on April 6, 2018
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Hmm... If I am God's building, then what is this?
Hmm... If I am God's building, then what is this?

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 building on Sunday, then you might not be considered a believer at all. If you are one of those people, do not fret. Scripture reveals who or what true followers of Christ 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. Later, when King Solomon built the first fixed one, it became an apostate worship place of other pagan gods. Even to this day, man is still trying to erect their own temples of worship as the place where you can go and meet God. It is within these buildings where the supposed worship of God is on display according to man's traditions.

The physical temple system is defunct upon the resurrection of Christ. The apostate religious elite did not like this message and that is why 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, most will be called a heretic for saying that there is no need for a religious building they call 'Church' for people to worship God. However, there is no need to go to a temple, tabernacle, synagogue or church building to meet God and have the truth dispensed to us from a salaried priest class. Followers of Christ, the ekklesia are not supposed to conform to man-made religious within permanent fixtures on a prime pieces of real estate. They are to follow Christ who is their Shepherd.

We must ask ourselves,

Where in the New Testament does it say to erect a religious building to be run by clergy?

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 states, 'which temple ye are,' not which temple ye attend. There is a very clear distinction in this verse. The people that partake of the institutional church system display completely different behaviours when they are in their man-made buildings. They are on good behaviour so that they will not defile themselves in what they consider a 'holy place.' The carnal believer will carry on in their lawless behaviours during the week, but on Sunday within the institutional church building they act 'holy.'

If they truly understood that their bodies are the tabernacle of God, would they behave differently?

What people choose to do in their church building, at home or out on the town should be considered the same thing. If you are sinning, you are defiling the temple of God no matter where you are.

There is a stark difference between playing church on Sunday and being the the temples of the Holy Spirit spirit any place, anywhere and at any time.

To most people, institutional church life is summed up on one or two days a week in a religious building.

Many ask, 'Where do you go to church?'

The reply should be,

'Why do you have to go to a temple called 'church' if every true believer is a temple of God?'

The fact is, the true followers of Christ are living stones, the called out ones who are temples of the Holy Spirit 24/7. They are the ekklesia seven days a week.

'How can we get more people in the door?'
'How can we get more people in the door?'

The institutional church system is based on a business model that has a ferocious appetite for the monetary. The overhead is unbelievably high with expenses such as the mortgage, building maintenance, salaries, landscape maintenance, utilities, etc. that must be kept up for the business of monetizing their brand of 'Gospel.' The list could go on and on as everything is giving credence to denominational mandates and the people who implement them.

Most have a far deeper relationship with their religious institution church than they do with Christ.

In contrast, the ekklesia are people whose activities are run by the working of the Holy Spirit that dwells within them. They do not rely on a select salaried priesthood to control their behaviours because the spirit of Christ teaches and guides them in all things.

What is called 'church' is more about being a store front to get people to come in through here doors to buy their wares. Their 'salvation' message is really about tapping into other people's purses and wallets. The Pastor's goal is to trying to fill the pews by any means possible so they can make a living off the backs of the people.

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

Many are not consuming solid food, but are being spoon fed by hirelings who are deemed the mediators between God and man. It is in this environment where pew warmers remain stunted in their growth never learning how to be led by the Holy Spirit.

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, Christ today is exclusively our High Priest and his ekklesia are the tabernacle of God. We no longer need a select priesthood to open the door for us. Christ is the door and all we have to do is walk through it. The institutional church clergy will make you believe it is only them who can open the door for you, but in truth it is only Christ who is the only door to the Father.

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

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

Our physical bodies are the temples of God, Christ is our High Priest and we are washed by his blood and cleansed by God's word. We will not know how to walk in God's standards unless they are written on our hearts. Sitting passively in a church pew believing that your Pastor is your High Priest is not going to set you free from your sins.

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. – Psalm 119:9

Spending time in Scripture with the help of the Holy Spirit is more important than your social status within the church system. Our status with Christ is what is important. We are dwelling place of the Spirit of God, His building. We are the ekklesia. If you believe the temple of God is a church building, then you have been deceived. Making a place in your heart and for Christ is not about partaking in the denominational church system. It is about coming out of the religious social club and following the way of Christ and the apostles by abiding in Kingdom principles.

Christ never mentioned that we are to join an institutional church and become members of a 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 ways of the world and the religious traditions of man?

The church system is no different than the defiled Jewish synagogue based on human traditions. What is called 'Christianity' today is essentially the counterfeit worship of God immersed in the traditions of man.

We are called to be the tabernacles of God.

God destroyed the Jewish temple two times and He will do it again when Christ returns to bring judgement. The church system is antichrist. It is the erection of temples built for the control of people. Freedom in Christ is not found in temples built with man's hands.

Pastors in the institutional church system are about honouring themselves and their legacies. History reveals that these kinds of behaviours will bring wrath and judgement. King Nebuchadnezzar proclaimed Babylon in honour of his majesty, but God made him to eat grass like an ox. Restoration to God only comes from giving Him all thanksgiving and glory.

The church system is like Israel that took Canaanite women to be their wives. The result were offspring that were genetically debased and godless.

A true believer of Christ is the temple of God.

Do not fall for the man-made counterfeit.

Do you go to Church, or are you the ekklesia?

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      Son of Solomon 

      17 months ago

      I am impressed, but also not impressed that people would change the Word to suit their own desires. Yes, the church met "house-to-house" and in the "synagogues", but they were together, as one, and yet most were separated physically by distance and territories or fear of imprisonment. The location and structure of the building matters not, but that they come "together" to break bread (in the Lord's supper that Jesus instituted), to hear God's Word, to preach, teach, pray, and were "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" Eph. 5:19; and caring for one another's needs - which are more than just physical. Having a building is a blessing - but we could just sit under a tree as a "body of Christ", but for convenience sake, and yes, safety and other reasons, we meet in a building, each and every Lord's Day - Sunday - as they did in the first century.

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      PlanksandNails 

      2 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Lawrence,

      Thank-you for your truthful and informative comment. I agree. Amen

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      charlie 

      2 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      Amen

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      Lawrence Kiwi 

      2 years ago

      The Ekklesia is what Jesus' Father, ALHYM (See Genesis 1:1 interlinear Hebrew http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Heb... For Greek press top RHS) ) created on SHAVUOT, Pentecost, 50 days after PESACH, Passover 30AD. (Acts 2:47 Interlinear Greek).

      Jerome, a Catholic monk or someone around his time translated the Greek word Ekklesia as a Latin word "ecclesiam" which eventually became the English word "Church."

      The word Ekklesia is found 111 times in the New Covenant (or Testament) according to Strong';s Concordance. It is made-up of of 3 Greek words - 'Ek' = out of, 'Kaleo' = call out, and Klesia= the assembly. The short definition of Ekklesia is therefore "The called out ones"

      So we find that the called out ones were the Jews called out of of their world - the Jewish society which was dominated by the Great Jerusalem Temple , and its sacrificial system, and the religious bondages caused by The Law, all 613 ( including the 10 Commandments) them which not even the religious leaders could keep.

      The point about the word Ekklesia is that no church comes even close to looking like or even feeling like what the Holy Spirit created on Pentecost. The Church of Rome changed the word Ekklesia to Church (Ecclesiam) to justify its own existence and so-called Christian authority, with its unBiblical hierarchical division of Priests and Laity (not priests), and emphasis on church doctrine and practices which when put under the Light of the New Covenant, reveal the paganism which they demanded people who entered the church system accept without question.

      The Church of Rome gained scriptural authority by giving the world a wrong translation of Matthew 16:18 which "christendom" has not challenged. The accepted translation makes Jesus say " You are Peter and on this rock I will build My Church." However, if you go to the original Greek interlinear, you will discover that it should be translated accurately as "You are Peter ( which means a sliver, a little piece of rock, a pebble) and on this the Rock ( Greek 'Te Petra' which never refers to a human being, but ALHYM or Jesus - see 1 Corinthians 10:4) I will rebuild the households (oikodomeso - root is oikos, household, future tense) of those I will call out of the assembly (Greek 'ekklesian' future tense of root word 'ekklesia'). When did this happen? On SHAVUOT ,Pentecost 30AD when the Holy Spirit was poured out of heaven by ALHYM and He created the EKKLESIA, of the new heavenly men and women (1 Corinthians 15: 48; Ephesians 2:19-21) which included 120 or so disciples who had to wait in the upper room for the promise of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24: 49; Acts 1: 12-15) , plus about 3,000 Jewish men (Acts 2:336-41). They lived together sharing everything, and we learn later that they even sold their investments and laid all the proceeds at the feet of the apostles (Acts 4:34-35). That is the Ekklesia. No church comes within a mile/km of achieving this for their congregations.

      Each disciple and their oikos ( household) became the living parts of Jesus' glorified body, knit and joined together (Ephesians 4: 16). Their oikoi ( households) were rebuilt to line-up with Jesus' specifications (Ephesians 5: 17- 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:3) governed by a team of Elders (men who met the stringent requirements as holy role models Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 3; Titus 1). The center of salvation is therefore not any church but the oikos ( household eg. Acts 16:31 "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you and your household will be saved").

      Don't be fooled or misled. Check it out for yourself. Look up the scriptures. "Do not despise prophecies [ Holy Scripture, prophets] Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil." (2 Thessalonians 5: 20-22). We must be like the Bereans who checked everything out against Scripture (Acts 17:11).

      We've been beautifully conned, brainwashed, by the Church of Rome ( Roman Catholic Church). They make a point of quoting Matthew 16:18 in the coronation of their popes!

      We need to follow the resurrected and glorified JESUS THE CHRIST - He alone is the mediator between ABBA Father and Man ( 1 Timothy 2:5) Sola Scriptura!!

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      PlanksandNails 

      4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      William,

      Thank-you for taking the time to read the article and the affirmation. God Bless.

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      Keep Moving Forward 

      4 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland Living in North Greensboro, NC

      I truly enjoyed the truth contained in this article. In a church building enriched society, the subject matter is approached with boldness and clarity. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Northwind,

      Thank-you for sharing your perspective. I agree with you.

      Unfortunately, many are blind to seeing the truth in what you have shared and will find it offensive and an attack on their precious "pastor." The modern "church" will have their earthly glory among men, but will be left behind when Jesus comes for His bride. The "sheeple" will then "crucify" their "pastor" when they realize that they have been deceived.

      We must continue to contend for truth in hope that others will come out of the traditions of man within the "four walls."

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      jerami 

      5 years ago from Houston tx

      Jesus rebuked the pharasee for making sure that he was "down on the street corner" when the hour of prayer came, that everyone could see him worshiping God. Then the pharasee built a building "down on the corner".

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Hi Planks,

      I am back and able to explain. A few years ago I realized that for many people the proof that you are a Christian is being able to say that you belong to a church that has a 'good strong name'.

      I cannot count the many times when I am in the middle of talking about the things of the Lord and I am interrupted because they want to know what church I go to and where I fellowship. When I say I fellowship with other Christians and that I do not have a specific building because fellowship has to do with who and not where, I promptly get invited to their church.

      I have experienced the shallowness and the complete coldness that exists in many a church. God's name is called upon for their glory and their good and His will has nothing to do with theirs.

      The world says that there are however million Christians alive today, but I do not believe this to be true or, if it is, the millions are not the ones that are in the statistics books. They do not boast. They do not see finances as the proof of the favor of God. They know that the favor of God is His promise that He will be a Stronghold in the day of trouble. Christians know that a day of trouble is likely. They know that at all times God is good. They trust in His word and do not follow men who call out that they know Christ because He gave them a fancy suit of clothes and a t.v. show. They follow Christ and not men who elevate themselves and declare their own greatness.

      The Holy Spirit declared that Jesus was to be followed. He declared it and not a man. I have a serious problem when people speak too much about how great their preacher or pastor is because I believe all glory goes to God. I have an even bigger problem when the preacher, pastor or priest allows the adulation and does not cast it at the feet of Christ and rebuke those who would turn him into a god.

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      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      amen my brothers agreed

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Graceinus,

      Since I have come out of, and not partaken in the traditions of man, God has given me more clarity discernment than I ever had before. Many in the modern "church" are blinded by oppression and cannot see the truth even when presented with the evidence right in front of them. I have had people refuse to read important truths about the false doctrines that they choose to believe in and promote. I believe that their "kingdoms" that they have made for themselves would crumble before their eyes if they understood what they are really doing. Many are afraid to lose their job, positions, titles, friends, and social status etc... for fear if that they stood up for truth they would lose these things. Most of the "sheeple" ride the fence or remain passive and let the clergy lord over them. They will see you as a threat, but it is actually out of love that you want them to know the genuine truth. If you didn't, you wouldn't really care what they did.

      I believe the term church has been so abused that it will take a radical paradigm shift for a lot of people to understand what God's purpose for His body truly is. I believe if we come to that revelation, we will be prepared when Jesus Christ comes for His bride.

      Don't give up, keep praying for your relative. God Bless.

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      graceinus 

      5 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PlanksandNail- I guess most christians don't realize the the Body of Christ are those of the Church. As in "Individuals". I believe all these man made churches are mostly a joke. The one's who attend these man made churches are what I refer to as "the 1 1/2 hour aweek christians". They are the one's who are spoon fed the bible and their church doctrine.

      It is sad that I have a relative that is a member of a church that is concidered a cult. As much as I've tried, using the bible, to show her the doctrine they teach is way out in left field, she remain blinded by their doctrine. Is has been an ongoing issue between her and I for about seven years now.

      Many churches threaten to kick out members if they question their church doctrine.

      What I don't understand is many who attend man made churches do so because "they teach the closest to what I believe". So what does this "closest" mean? Is there some doubt in their doctrine they question? but are afraid to confront their church with. Or point out error in their doctrine. This is the very reason I left my church 34 years ago. I questioned their doctrine and it didn't go well with them at all.

      Since that time I am very happy with my relationship with God and our LOrd Jesus Christ. And because of my own studies over the years I've come to learn and understand a great deal of the Kingdom of God ( which is something 98% of churches never teach) and His Grace towards us.

      Anyway, I fully agree with your Hub PandN. Great Hub Voted up and awesome

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      teacherjoe52,

      You have touched on social club aspect of what goes on in the man-made temples. Is this what the Gospel is all about?

      Unfortunately, it is extremely rare to find a group of believers who actually train up and send OUT. The modern "steepled" building wants you to bring IN the money and stay IN for the "ministry" time. It's completely backwards.

      He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. - Revelation 2:29

      The true and genuine followers of Jesus Christ are to be servants, not to be served. The modern "church" wants you to pay your dues within the building before you can have your privileged rights and status among men. There are also the "church shoppers" who look for a "church" who will best serve their "needs" with entertainment and "ministry" products. Is this how a true Biblical church is measured?

      He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches - Revelation 3:22

      The true church is not social organization to meet the needs of the masses. The elite tithers expect to have Platinum status with greater privileges, acknowledgement, and accolades as they "peacock" around the auditorium.

      Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. - Matthew 6:2

      A true follower of Jesus Christ will desire to actually read and study the truth that is in Word of God. The true Gospel manifests in those who serve others; the result will be God showing your place in in Him, and also bring healing in your life as well as others. We can't have one without the other. In order to truly serve there must be humility, and a hungry spirit for truth in order to grow. We must be grafted in the Tree of Life, not the "steeple." We will not grow from the en"titled" pastor spoon feeding us "pablum" from the pulpit.

      Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? - Isaiah 66:1

      Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands - Acts 7:48

      You have got it. The genuine church is the "welcoming temple through Him," that is where Jesus Christ dwells.

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Northwind,

      When your computer starts working properly, please elaborate on what you wanted to share. It is encouraging that every comment here so far has been affirming. The theme of this article for a lot of people who are within the "four walls" of the modern "church" would require a radical change of thinking to understand what the temple of God truly is. I am so encouraged that you get it.

      God Bless!

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      teacherjoe52 

      5 years ago

      Good morning brother.

      All I can say to this is amen, amen and amen.

      When I used to go to church before and after the service there was only one other person that wanted to talk about Jesus. Everybody else wanted to talk about their social life not mentioning Jesus. Ant that was a church with over three hundred members.

      The Spirit lives in us and we are to be the welcoming temple through Him.

      God bless you with fellowship with other temples of Christ.

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Planks, I have serious computer problems so I cannot give a detailed comment. Just wanted to say that you hit nail on the head. We are the church. I have had the same questions asked of me. From now on, with your permission, I will use your reply.

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      desirefortruth,

      I want to encourage you as a brother in Jesus Christ that you are not alone and that there are others who have, or are going through the same situation as you. Keep digging into God's truth and He will show you more than you have ever known. It is only through Him, not through the traditions of man. Be encouraged and be blessed, you are free and no longer "dead" in that bondage, but you are "living stone" who has come out to be an example of God's true power working in your life.

      During the time of Jesus Christ here on earth, His miracles were attributed to the power of Satan. Today, it is the other way around, the power of Satan is being attributed to the work of the Holy Spirit. That is why so many are deceived in the apostate modern "church."

      I can attest to the freedom and confidence that has resulted from leaving the man-made "church" building and their traditions. True followers of Jesus Christ are called out to speak truth. Others will curse, pray their soulish prayers, and call you "backslidden" and accuse you of many things. Stay strong, abide in Him, and pray for those who are deceived that they will wake up. It will be a battle, but keep pressing into Him for strength to endure. You are an overcomer, and you are not alone.

      Thank-you for sharing what you are going through. I will pray for you.

      God Bless!

      And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. - John 8:32

      Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. - Luke 6:22

      Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. - James 1:12

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      desiretruth 

      5 years ago

      I am so grateful for this post! You have no idea how I truly needed to hear this, because it is all confirmation to me! The Lord has led me out and I intend to stay out. I was just delivered from The Word of Faith teachings after 21 years and it is to be honest quite embarrassing to realize just how deceived I was. Unfortunately my husband still attends and is in leadership. We are divided in our beliefs which truly grieves me, but I am praying he will wake up! I am definitely being looked at as a rebellious person, backslidden and accused of being "off" I choose to follow Jesus! I cannot follow the teachings of a man any longer who also claims that Jesus died spiritually.And make sure you pay your tithe before you leave or you are cursed. So much false doctrine! Anyway I just wanted to say thank you because I now know I am not "off"

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Marcy,

      Thanks for the vote and compliment. Thank-you for reading.

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      rasta1,

      Thank-you for the insightful comment. I am glad that you grasp who the temple of God is.

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Celafoe,

      It is a blessing and a rarity to know someone who is like-minded. Thank-you for your encouragement.

      How far the "church" has fallen. Many do not believe, or live with the belief that God’s word is inerrant. The modern "church" only teaches parts of the Bible that are deemed "agreeable" and the "disagreeable" parts are discarded because they would ruffle too many feathers. Most will refuse to reconcile their lives with the purity of God’s word, even when the truth is right in front of them. They toss the truth out and write their own version of the "Bible" to fit with their chosen lifestyle and what goes on in within the "four walls."

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      PlanksandNails 

      5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      MsDora,

      The shed blood of Jesus Christ would have rendered any temple that is built with mans hands desolate before the first stone could be laid. People will build churches to accommodate the "assembling," but it is backwards thinking. The kingdom of God/ Gospel is about going out into the world, not about building a stage and pulpit for "peacocks" to parade themselves upon.

      God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands - Acts 17:24

      Most people don't realize that you actually have to leave the building to reach the hurt, lost and needy. If you took the thousands of people out of the "mega church" to clean up garbage, or serve in some capacity in the community, even if it was for an hour and a half once a week, they would see the power of God working right in front of your eyes. You cannot do this by being mute, passive, and tithing to the corporate "church" so that it will not go out of business. It is impossible for the true genuine church to go bankrupt because they can be mobile and move where the Holy spirit leads. Unfortunately, the masses believe that the "feel-goods" and hype that happens in the man-made buildings is the Holy Spirit moving; this is delusion. You can either continue by offering yourself and your family to this idolatry, or leave the building and be what the true and genuine church really is about. Unfortunately, most don't know what it is like outside of their four walled world. That is why most people will ask, "Where do you go to church?"

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      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      it could be, but unfortunatrly most are to accommodate a man's ego and power

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      "The incorporated church system has failed because it runs on a worldly system of operation." Amen to that. You make several good points. Just a question, an honest question. Could it be that people build churches to accommodate the "assembling" (Hebrews 10:25)? I am aware that they could assemble without all the hype.

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      charlie 

      5 years ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

      as usual, factual well presented and 100% SCRIPTURAL

      Keep up the exceptional work my brother

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I like the way you refer to the scriptures and put things in the context of today. Nice hub - and such an important topic for life these days.

      Voted up!

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      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      CHRIST did say he would rebuild the temple within three days. There are still many who do not understand this concept.

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