What is Church?
Whenever I talk to people about their faith, nine times out of ten they tell me they believe in God but don’t go to Church. Shame peppers their words as they go on to say, “I know I really should go to church.” It saddens me to see that so many people equate knowing God intimately with going to man made “church”.
Now I am not saying that going to a man made “Church” is a bad thing. I believe that if people are gathering together and are learning about our Father that is a great thing. However, if they are being tricked into believing they are somehow better off for doing so, they are sadly mistaken.
It doesn’t matter if you think Sunday is the day of true worship, or if you believe it is Saturday. Just because you believe one day is greater than another that doesn’t make it so. Just because a person goes to church doesn’t make the person who seeks God privately any less important in God’s eyes. Believer and Unbeliever live their life unto God, fulfilling God’s purpose.
5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself
Let’s talk about that word “Church” for a second. For those that don’t know let me give you the literal interpretation of what it means.
CHURCH = eÍkklhsiða – Transliterated the word “Church” is “Ekkelsia” and it literally means, “People who have been called out of their homes that gather coincidentallly, or an assembly called out and gathered by chance.”
The words “We’re going to Church today”, have long taken on the meaning that people must go to a designated place of “worship” to find God. But you can’t “go to Church”, because human beings ARE the “Church”. We are the ones that have been “called out” of our homes, as Abraham was.
The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you
This is what it means to be “Called Out”. This is what it means to be the “Church”. It is letting go of your old ignorant nature and taking hold of your true life, which is Christ. It is leaving your old beliefs and traditions for the power and wisdom of God. The traditions, vain beliefs and religious teachings of carnal mankind will never free you. In fact we are warned again and again to stay away from such.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
You cannot find the truth of God in buildings made by man’s corrupt hands, but by God’s hand (power/authority). We are the building, we are the Temple where God is found.
But the LORD is in his holy temple:
And that HOLY TEMPLE is you!
1 Corinthians 3:17
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are
What do you think the story of Jesus turning over the money tables is all about. It is about the truth of God within you clearing God’s House (you) of all the lies and nonsence you have believed.
The TRUTH of God is daily teaching in God’s Temple… YOU!
49I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.
Many believe things aren’t spiritually true because their religious leaders tell them so. I can’t tell you how many people will disagree with a spiritual truth because they have been taught differently by a religious leader. And the amount of danger that is in this is paramount. We cannot and should not turn to Mankind to know God, we must always turn to God. Of course this doesn’t mean we can’t go to others to learn, it simply means we must continue to go to God and ask God what the truth is and be bold enough to listen.
There are many false beliefs out there today and I firmly believe this is why so very few are free today to enjoy their lives and have hope.
The physical is always a symbol of the spiritual. But if you put your faith only in the physical you will never be free to touch things that are eternal. You will continue to put your faith in things built by man’s hands.
We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
For years mankind has been changing the truth of God into what they want it to mean. Many do this ignorantly, others do it for financial gain, and some do it to feel more important than others. In the end people who go to these religious leaders end up worshipping the religious leader unaware. Not all are like this of course, many are wonderful teachers, but some are wolves who have “crept in” changing the word of God into a lie that men and women ignorantly believe.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
This is what the “Tower of Babel” is all about. Mankind wanted to be God, so they thought the best way to do this was to build a “tower” to the heavens, to basically dethrone God, so they could be God themselves.
Now the story of Babel’s Tower is a great allegory. The word TOWER in Hebrew, doesn’t mean a literal Tower. It means, “to become great or important, promote, make powerful, praise, magnify, do great things”. Isn’t that something?
What will really blow you away is when you see this next definition for “tower” from the Strongs. TOWER= “elevated stage, pulpit”
Hhhmn? Sounds a lot like the Tower mankind was building in Babel wass RELIGION. And in so doing, mankind magnified themselves, made themselves powerful, and with it they even seemed to do great things.
Mankind wasn’t trying to build a literal TOWER to reach heaven. They were building what many believe a “church” is today. They were building a religious system that makes Carnal religious leaders gods themselves. And it worked, many religious leaders sit in judgment over their “flocks”, many tell people what to eat, when to eat, what to wear, what not to wear, what people can say or do, the list goes on and on. The irony is the more controlling and judgmental these religious leaders are, the more corrupt they soon are exposed to be.
Let’s break down how the allegory of how MAN MADE RELIGION came to be.
Genesis 11 And they said, Go to, let US build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Let us make ourselves a name? Isn’t that the goal of so many in the world today, to make a name for themselves?
But let us break down, what the CITY is that Mankind builds to become great.
The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
The CITY man wanted to build, was their own wealth at the expense of the poor.
The rich man’s wealth IS his strong city, and as an high wall in his own CONCEIT.
CITY = WEALTH AND PRIDE — Our Religious leaders of the land have plenty of that. Sadly Money and Pride is what most people really put their faith in. Carnal (ignorant) mankind believes if they have enough money that they will be safe. More people put their faith in finances than God, and that is an understatement.
In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.
The CITY and TOWER they built was corrupt. It was MAN’S ATTEMPT to RULE AS GOD… And anytime that happens it is doomed to fail.
So God confounded their tongues, he pitted one religion against another. So not ONE RELIGION, would be able to rule the whole of the world. Now the differing religions of the world can’t understand each other. They all have different rules, and truly they all have different gods they worship. And of course every religious sect and denomination believes it is the only true religion. Sad but true.
The religious are the children of their CARNAL HEARTS, condemning ANYONE who believes differently. And with every DENOMINATION there are different rules, beliefs, and traditions.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
And NO! This verse has nothing to do with Homosexuality, even though most of these bad religious Teachers claim it does. Romans 1 is all about how man has begun to worship the created instead of the Creator.
Now I shouldn’t have to tell you that there are many religious leaders who seem to have great power. This is nothing new, but true power isn’t found in grand shows of “so-called” miracle healing, or future telling, true power is found in humility, true power is found only in submission, true power is found in loving others and putting others before yourself.
9But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: 10To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. 11And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries.
For a long time, humanity has been bewitched by the sorceries of people who love to go about in long robes, make long prayers in their man made religious buildings, etc.
Today many religious leaders go so far as to reduce the “word of god” which is “Truth”, to money. The SEED we read about in scripture that is SOWN is NEVER MONEY. It is the WORD OF GOD.
This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God
The SEED you sow is TRUTH. I know there are many religious leaders who will say, if you send in your seed (which they want you to believe in your money) that God will multiply it. And so people don’t give their money for pure reasons, they give it like you would buying a lottery ticket. “You got to be in it to win it”, this is what many religious leaders are selling.
However, God isn’t concerned with your money. He is concerned with you heart. You can’t buy your way into heaven, and the SEED that must be sown is not money it is the Gospel of Truth.
People today have been tricked into thinking that to find God they must go to a religious building and hear from a religious leader. This is the same problem Israel had. They wanted Moses to tell them what God was saying. They made Moses to be god over them. When God always wanted Israel to go directly to him. But Israel was scared.
Ex 20: 18-21 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.”
So Israel didn’t go to God, nor do the multitude today. Instead of turning within to hear God themselves they go to a Pastor, Evangelist, Priest, Rabbi, Guru, or any other Religious leader promising LIKE MOSES “If you FOLLOW Me, I will LEAD YOU into the PROMISE LAND (flowing with milk and honey).”
And for all you literalists out there… MILK AND HONEY are ALLEGORIES. Honey is a SYMBOL of being enlightened. MILK is simple doctrine and wisdom of God.
1 Samuel 14:29
Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been ENLIGHTENED, because I tasted a little of this HONEY.
And MILK is a symbol of God’s teaching/ Doctrine – Not even deep doctrine, but God’s wisdom none the less.
1 Corinthians 3:2
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
You see, the PROMISE LAND is not what many Religious teachers PROMISE. It’s not literal wealth, health, or a Kingdom far, far away where you can eat all day without getting sick or fat.
The PROMISE LAND is THE KINGDOM OF GOD revealed IN YOU.
Entering the PROMISE LAND is entering the KINGDOM OF GOD within you.
This is the land God has given us all to inherit. It is being Enlightened to the Truth and Wisdom of God (Christ In You The Hope Of Glory). And when we find this we say, as Paul said, “It is not longer I that live but Christ”
Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
A LAND OF UPRIGHTNESS: This the LAND we are promised to enter, TRUTH, HONOR, DIGNITY, COMPASSION, UPRIGHTNESS, LOVE, WISDOM.
To enter the Kingdom we don’t need to go to man or woman, we don’t need to go to any building, any temple, church, kingdom hall, or mosque. All we need to do is go within.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you
Seeking God is a very personal thing. One must understand that they are no less important in God’s eyes than Jesus himself. We are all part of the same body, we are all one. Once we realize this we will stop going to others, we will asking others to teach us about God. We will go to God directly.
23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
You are the Church people, you are being called out of ignorance into the light of the truth. Leave from where you are and allow God to lead you where you are meant to go. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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