Where in the world is the church Jesus built?

In the days of the biblical Apostles, church gatherings were God centered. Believers spent most of their time learning from the apostles, taking part in the fellowship with meals and prayer. They continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another, even to the point of selling their properties and possessions to distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. This happened every day. They met in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. Also, every day the Lord added believers to their group. If you notice, the church real value is outside a physical building.

Furthermore, speaking of the physical buildings, they are without value to God. Since he said, “You may well look at all these. I tell you this: not a single stone here left in its place; every one of them will be thrown down.” Therefore, as pointing, to something greater (that is Jesus) he says to David, “Your son Solomon is the one who will build my Temple. I have chosen him to be my son, and I will be his father”. Jesus speaking of himself says, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The church that Jesus built consists of baptized believers in Jesus name. He said, “Upon this rock I will build my church.” Moreover, Isaiah wrote, What house have ye built me? Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool”. The church that Jesus built is far more excellent than the temple built by Solomon. So where is the church today?

The Bible offers the purest example of what church should be. However, how many churches today measure up? How many churches do you know spends most of their time learning and applying the teaching of the apostles? How many take part in the fellowship meals and prayer? How many continue together in close association to the point of selling their properties and possessions to distribute the money? Here is the clincher, how many are consistent day after day?

The truth is churches in today’s world are too busy competing for the next Grammy award. It is all lights, camera, and action. Yes, things have changed. Before the inventions of radio, telephones, cars, computers, and the internet, people attend church excited to hear the word of God. Church was the center of the communities; as an information source members would not only listen to the reading of the Bible; but world events also. Today, the internet offers people a world of information with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, This has left churches competing for an audience. Churches are experiencing a rapid decline in membership, so to offset these numbers, they have compromised and enter the game of advertisement. You can find them now on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. I am not expressing this to be wrong; my concern is the future condition of the Church. As commercialism increases, it will solidify what being there all alone, man-made businesses.

Let us go back a moment. Remember, the church grew under the hands of the Apostles, as they spent time learning from the apostles. They held fellowship and prayer; sharing their belongings to the point of selling their properties and possessions to support one another. This happened every day, and so the Lord added believers every day to the church. The church that is God-centered will hold these principles as their core. However, the commercialized church will find itself doing what every other business is doing to reach its customers. Moreover, this will eventually change religion altogether. These are a few signs of a commercialized church movement.

  • Camera means Showtime when people in the church begin acting differently during recordings.
  • Lights and music: The lights and music are there to create a mood. The right attitude brings in the spirit of God.
  • Beware of organizational ego: When people talk more about what God is doing with their organization, rather than what he is doing with his international church.
  • Beware of churches creating fundraisers, telethons and walkathons to support building projects.
  • Churches selling their recorded services; a big sign of commercialization.
  • Churches are more concern about people joining them, rather than to God.
  • Loss of identity, the commercial religion has no distinction it will be just like the other business
  • Commercial churches attract people to them by shining light on their abilities or gifts.
  • Commercial church’s goal is to get other churches underneath them (partners, associates, allies); they call this growth
  • Commercial churches love passive evangelism; avoids personal and active outreach.
  • Commercial churches focus on numbers of members

The church that Jesus built still exists: but as a priceless coinage lost in a house or a treasure hidden in the world, only those seeking with their whole hearts find the church. In fact, it is the only one of its kind. This means the church of God strongest element is its ability to be different from those merely calling themselves churches. It may be difficult for inexperienced eyes to detect a real gem from a phony one. However, God’s church will stand out with a desire for people to have a biblical relationship with God without a focus on a membership of an organization. The church of Jesus is famous for its godly love and the power of the Gospel of salvation. It will never sell the word of God for profit. Freely receive; freely give without price; through active outreach and personal Bible studies. The only active power that saves is the preaching of Jesus. The church of God changes people for the better and brings value to the whole church. On the other hand, as more churches become commercial organizations they will eventually lose value and their way. It is great in these times to remember the words of Jesus. He said, “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The Church Jesus built endures all ages. This church will follow Christ and ignore the ways of the world. The body of Christ will hold fast to biblical standards and never driven by numbers and status. The Bride of Christ trust God to be the same yesterday and today and forever.

So where in the world is the church Jesus built? Courageously working to save people through the message of Jesus. Its members work under the meek spirit of Christ. He said, “Make certain you do not perform your religious duties in public so that people will see what you do. If you do these things publicly, you will not have any reward from your Father in heaven”. “So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big show of it, as the hypocrites do in the houses of worship and on the streets. They do it so that people will praise them. I assure you, they have their pay.” The church of God performs in ways that point people to God. “Let your light shine in a way that people see your good works and glorify God on your behalf. The church of God will remain the course. Unfortunately, many will not find it before falling prey commercialism.

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25 thoughts on “Where in the world is the church Jesus built?

  1. Just to keep things in prospective:

    You had said:
    “Commercial churches focus on numbers of members”

    Well, so did Luke in writing the book of Acts. To wit:

    Acts 2:41
    Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

    Acts 2:47
    Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

    Acts 5:14
    And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.

    Acts 11:24
    For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

    Next, you had said:
    “Lights and music: The lights and music are there to create a mood. The right attitude brings in the spirit of God.”

    This is what worship service does, before the preaching. To wit:

    Ephesians 5:19
    Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”

    Colossians 3:16
    Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

    Let’s not forget that the book of Psalms are indeed songs to the Lord, played with instruments, by the way.

    It’s purpose is to set the tone of worship to God. And, there is nothing evil about lights, either.

    Next, you had said:
    “Beware of organizational ego: When people talk more about what God is doing with their organization, rather than what he is doing with his international church.”

    Well, back in the olden days, the “local church” discussed issues pertaining to the “local church”. The Apostle Paul set the tone in that regard. Paul said that he was not going to wait on tables, so he suggested that the “local church” set up an organization of “local” people to feed the widows. This is called a “superintendent”, i.e., bishop. He also established “local church” rules in regards to bishops, and elders. And, with some church’s these days preaching against radio, television, internet, etc., our job as ministers (servants) is to “shine our light” to the local…not international. Those with “international” focus has desires that are not necessarily godly, i.e., wanting someone to pay for a private jet. However, we do have missionaries that do indeed make it back to the “local” and give testimony.

    I could go on, but I won’t. My point is, we need to stop demonizing the place of worship of other people, and how they run their own local church. We need to all look in the mirror at our own church, making sure that we are shining our own light, instead of trying to turn the light on at other church’s. They have a bible of their own, a preacher of their own, worship leaders of their own, bishops, deacons, elders of their own…for their own.

    There are a lot of genuine church’s out there. I know. But, what I have been reading the last 20 years or so, is that many think that most of Christendom is dead, so they think that it is their job to “re-establish” Christianity back to the apostolic days.

    Well, if Christ Jesus is the one building his own church…then by God let him do the work. We are just his hands and feet. And if it takes a special light flickering during a worship service…let it be.

    I remember the apostle Paul discussing a topic of those whose faith is weak. In that, he said, “conscience, not thine own, but of the other. Why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?” If you will note, he wasn’t just talking about eating bacon, either. Can we eat meat offered to idols? Yes. Why? Because we know that the idol is not God. But if it makes our brother stumble, because of his “weak” faith…then we are not to eat. Can we celebrate Easter? Yes. Why? Because we consider that a day above another, and to the Lord, we honor that day…not to a pagan god or pagan ritual.

    The body of Christ cannot die. Jesus rose from the dead. The body of Christ is both Jesus, and Christians.

    There is nothing wrong with commercialism. Whether Jesus is preached contentiously, or not…Jesus is being preached.

    My church “partners” with other church’s as an outreach for the homeless, drug addicts, etc. And these people that they outreach to…they come to church…multiple tattoos from the face to their toes, piercings all over…and they are the most genuine Christians that I have ever known, with childlike faith, that Jesus wants, who are more humble than the most educated Christians that I know. And what brought them in…was commercialism.

    Ed

  2. Remember that Paul became all things to all people to gain them. To “gain” them to the church…to “gain” them, Paul became them.

    1 Corinthians 9:19-23
    19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

    20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;

    21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

    22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

    23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

    Ed

  3. some things in your article i agree with some things, i didn;t.To be honest iam tired of hearing the arm chair quaterbacks.I feel if you believe what your preaching-Writings,Then start a Ministry and be an example and a light to those you feel are in error,Actions speak much louder then words.

  4. Also you said “Churches selling their recorded services; a big sign of commercialization.” thats a bold statement,Most churhes sell them because the people request the,recorded services,Most churches i have attebded have never told any one no if they did not have money.Alsomst chrches i have attended seel them at a very low price to cover the expenses.

  5. Okay, I am excited about this topic and all comments are appreciated. So let us take it one-step at a time.

    Finding some common grounds:

    Would you agree, or disagree that the church of the bible was a 501(c) 3 state church?

    Would you agree or disagree that 501 (c) 3 state churches form an unbiblical union with the state?

    Would you agree or disagree that these created organizations (501(c) 3 state churches) is not the church Jesus built.

    Would you agree or disagree that most pastors after creating 501(c) 3 state church organizations make no difference between the church of God and the organizations they created?

    These are simple questions. I ask these questions to find out where your understanding is on unbiblical organizations. This is the focus of my article.

    1. It’s the law. We are to obey the law in this regard. If you don’t like the law, have it changed. Obeying the law is biblical, unless preaching Jesus is against the law, then we are to obey God, and preach Jesus. I can’t figure you out in regards to you stating the word “unbiblical”.

      The Bible verses that come to mind is:

      Matthew 17:24-27King James Version (KJV)

      24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

      25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

      26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

      27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

      Although Jesus disagreed, he did it anyway.

      Should we pay taxes? Why? Because the government states so, that’s why. Jesus didn’t have a problem with giving to Ceasar what belongs to him.

      If you don’t like the law, please don’t equate it to being “unbiblical”. It’s hard for me to understand why you are so hot against 501c3’s.

      Ed

    2. In addition, if you are afraid that you can’t preach “opinion” of what you think that that bible states, i.e. abortion, etc., are you telling me that you can’t have your congregation read for themselves their own bible and figure it out for themselves by their own conscience? Are you saying that you have to spell it out for them? Are they that dumb? I surely hope that you don’t want to demand of them as to who to vote for in any elections. That is their own business, based on their own conscience. Our founding fathers were believers of many different denominations (even tho you are opposed to many different denominations). Did they have 501c3’s that made their church names a business corporation? They had different names back then, too.

      I’m afraid that you are wanting to influence your congregation as to who to vote for, etc., which is the real reason that you oppose the 501c3.

      I would advise to preach Jesus, and leave the government to each congregant’s own conscience.

      But again, if you don’t like the law, change it.

      My last comment was in regards to Temple Tax, which was imposed by God through Moses, not government taxes. However, taxes due to the government is mandated by Ceasar, and payment of such is biblical. Obeying the magistrates of the state is biblical. And since the government has rules pertaining to exemptions, then you get a tax break, based on rules.

      Last I recall, Jesus preached the Kingdom of God, not the Kingdom of man.

      If your congregants have a mind of their own, then stay out of their business of filling out their ballot.

      Ed

    3. The rules pertaining to the 501c3, protects your congregants from preachers who wish to mandate who to vote for. Therefore, the 501c3 is a good thing. It protects American citizens from being brainwashed, and controlled. The Ballot Box is private.

      1. “It is the law. We are to obey the law in this regard.” Matthew 17:24-27King James Version (KJV)

        So you are either being confrontational or you do not know the Law. Whichever you still never answered the questions I asked.

        The church is not required to file 501(c)3 to be taxes exempt.

        “You can deduct your contributions only if you make them to a qualified organization. To become a qualified organization, most organizations other than churches and governments, as described below, must apply to the IRS.” -IRS

        I could spend days explaining, however, see the facts

        Fact: The church in America is protected from the government by the First Amendment:

        “Congress shall make NO law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof .”

        Fact: Filing 501(c)3 to be taxes exempt for Churches, is less the 80 years old

        Fact: Filing 501(c)3 to be taxes exempt for Churches does not stop church crimes. It does not make a safer church. There was no 501(c)3 for Churches in the bible.

        I do not care who people vote for. I don’t play those games

        Please return to the questions:

        Would you agree, or disagree that the church of the bible was a 501(c) 3 state church?

        Would you agree or disagree that 501 (c) 3 state churches form an unbiblical union with the state?

        Would you agree or disagree that these created organizations (501(c) 3 state churches) is not the church Jesus built.

        Would you agree or disagree that most pastors after creating 501(c) 3 state church organizations make no difference between the church of God and the organizations they created?

    4. Watch the video provided by the link that I previously posted in my comment. I’m sorry that you don’t like the law, but we are not above the law. If you wish to disobey the law, that is your business. But we are commanded to obey the law of the land, except if it involves preaching Jesus as savior of sins, and that he died on the cross, and rose again 3 days later. Then we can boast about our persecution as Christians.

  6. “Some things in your article I agree with some things, I didn’t.” -Sparks

    Great! Let us start with the parts you agree. What are they?

  7. I do not agree with the premise behind your argument against 501c3. I believe that it protects American Citizens. To wit:

    The Restriction of Political Campaign Intervention by Section 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Organizations

    Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position (verbal or written) made on behalf of the organization in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition against political campaign activity. Violating this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes.

    Certain activities or expenditures may not be prohibited depending on the facts and circumstances. For example, certain voter education activities (including presenting public forums and publishing voter education guides) conducted in a non-partisan manner do not constitute prohibited political campaign activity. In addition, other activities intended to encourage people to participate in the electoral process, such as voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, would not be prohibited political campaign activity if conducted in a non-partisan manner.

    On the other hand, voter education or registration activities with evidence of bias that (a) would favor one candidate over another; (b) oppose a candidate in some manner; or (c) have the effect of favoring a candidate or group of candidates, will constitute prohibited participation or intervention.
    Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 06-Jan-2015

    http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Charitable-Organizations/The-Restriction-of-Political-Campaign-Intervention-by-Section-501%28c%29%283%29-Tax-Exempt-Organizations

  8. In a previous article, you stated:
    “The 501 (c) 3 contracted relationship between the church and government is created by men to silence the church from speaking out against public falsehood. Correct, every church organization that consent to 501 (c) 3 has agreed to be silent against public falsehood. If they accepted the contractual relationship, then refuses to comply, they become liars.”

    That is a total falsehood in itself.

    You also stated:
    “For a 501c3 church to openly speak out, or organize in opposition to, anything that the government declares “legal,” even if it is immoral (e.g. abortion, homosexuality, etc.), that church will jeopardize its tax exempt status. The 501c3 has had a “chilling effect” upon the free speech rights of the church. LBJ was a shrewd and cunning politician who seemed to well-appreciate how easily many of the clergy would sell out. ”

    Another falsehood.

    You also use the 1st Amendment clause as your basis of argument.

    Congress did not establish a religion, first of all. And, you have freedom to preach Jesus all you want, and to give your opinion on abortion, homosexuality, etc. So, you continue with more falsehoods.

    Ed

    1. The only falsehood is your belief that I need to file 501c3. If you care to place the state head of your church, I have no problem. Just don’t get upset if I refuse. I do not believe the state have to declared us a church in order to be one. If you do, then cool beans, more power to you.

      1. No, Clark, your statements cannot be backed up with fact. Therefore, when I stated the word falsehood, that is the truth. You have a false premise behind your arguments against the 501c3. The source is the IRS, and Congress. My job in the US Navy was that of a Payroll Clerk. Money was my job. And it was a fun job, too. I loved the research in regards to laws about money.

  9. And here:
    http://www.hawaiilibrary.net/article/whebn0000189874/kent%20hovind

    When you get to that page, do a click on your browser menu “Edit”, then “Find”, then type Peter Kershaw, and read the article.

    See WHY Kent Hovind is in prison, too.

    This is juicy stuff, dude!! Oh, and in the previous posted comment, did you see who Peter hangs out with?

    Anarchists, clothing themselves as religious organizations, calling themselves Christians, basically. And, by the way, Doug Phillips was a lawyer, too. He controlled his church to the max.

    Ed

  10. Peter is bad news, Clark. Really.

    http://ontoberlin.blogspot.com/2010/11/review-quiverfull-inside-christian.html

    Now, Vision Forum (Doug Phillips) is definitely bad news, but far worse than they are the kinists. Particularly this one kinist out of Branson, MO, who wrote an anti-government book that (the new imprisoned) Kent Hovind used to sell on his website, called “In Caesar’s Grip”. This guy, Peter Kershaw, is a nasty little buggar of a misogynist bent that has had a behind-the-scenes role in a lot of right-wing subversive groups -be they Matt Trewhella’s “Missionaries to the Preborn”, R.J. Rushdoony’s “Christian Reconstructionism”, Alex Jones’ “Patriot Movement”, and of course kinism. He is most notoriously known as an anti-IRS tax evader, however.

    He and Epstein were in cohoots back in the day, until (he claims) she made a sexual advance at him upon visiting his family at their house in Bristol. She and her husband Mark were visiting so as to get marriage counseling from Peter, in addition to plotting out their conspiracy against Vision Forum. What you have to understand is, Doug’s father Howard Phillips was good friends with Peter, until Peter got into Christian Identity philosophy. Then when Peter had that beef with R.C. Sproul Jr. back in 2006, he invested in sophisticated Internet proxy devices designed to block your IP number and make it difficult to trace where a blog (or a comment on a blog) is coming from. This allowed him to use multiple aliases, most notably “Frank Vance”, to attack any and all ministries connected to R.C. Sproul Jr. (such as the Highland Studies Center, Ligonier Ministries, and the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches). So when Jen Epstein started attacking Vision Forum, he sought her out and the collaborated on destroying that ministry’s reputation.

    While living in Bristol, Peter was responsible for several church splits, including Saint Peter Presbyterian Church, Abingdon Presbyterian Church, Cornerstone Chapel Reformed Baptist Church, and a little Reformed Episcopal church pastored by Chori Jonathin Seraiah. He’d take his wife Cindy and their family to these churches, befriend people in the congregation, and play intelligence agent with them to try and get information (probably due to his past involvement with intelligence agencies).

    If you were to contact any of the pastors of those churches, like Randy McReynolds, they could confirm this.

    After causing a lot of controversy in Bristol, he was evicted from his house, and moved back to Branson with his mom, where he is believed to be attending Covenant Reformed Church, pastored by the Rev. Chris Newsom.

    His involvement with Epstein, to me, I find highly disturbing, given her now-disdain for patriarchy. So much of what was written on her blog was ghost written by Kershaw.

  11. Greetings! I pray all is well with you. I wanted to let you know that I love you, forgive you, and do pray that Abba would open your eyes to be a recipient of His grace through His SOn Jesus. I offer my hand in love and friendship, releasing you from all past wrongs done and said to me, and bless you in the name of Jesus. May His love and grace shine powerfully in your life, and that of your family.

    1. Dear Price, I appreciate your forgiveness and I hope you are sincere when you extend your hands of love. God knows. However, if you recall our discussion while you were in Calvinism and you declared the faith of the doctrine of Christ in Truth to be a lie. We were opposing one another. I am reminding you of this because you are posting your hurt from the position of a victim.
      I also want you to recap the love of the fellowship that went out in hope to restore the faith of Christ in your heart but you would not. Therefore, your hurt starts with you. I did not leave the faith and blasphemed. I would expect the first work is in order here, that is, your sincere apology for your own sins and rejecting of the truth.
      Lastly, the reporting your abusive behavior to the faith did not come until after many attempts to plead with you to return to the faith. When all failed, I made one last decree; that if you continued to attack the faith, I would expose your childish behavior forever.
      I have not turned from this. However, if it noted that you have returned to the faith and renounced all falsehood and it is manifested in the spirit that your works endure. As I stated in the past. I will repent and remove all post and embrace your repentance.
      But until then…….

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