The Ekklesia are 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 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.
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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