Monday, December 2, 2013

The false doctrines taught in institutional religious systems:

Lie #1 - Christians must go to a place or building called a “church” -

The early Christians knew that they themselves were the church, the body of Christ. The early Christians did not build fancy buildings to worship in, like the pagans did. They were wise enough to meet in the houses that they already owned and used their money to...
help people, not buy up property and million dollar buildings. Jesus said that the false religious leaders of His day were “full of excess” (Matthew 23:25). Have you ever noticed that most of the religious leaders of our day want huge buildings with huge utility bills that are only used for a few hours each week? If that isn’t excessive, I don’t know what is.
Most churches could share the gospel with the entire city for the cost of one months salaries, and or utility bills. A biblical church would not be so excessive and would use the money on eternal things, not buildings that please the eye.

Romans 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house.

1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

Colossians 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

Philemon 1:2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

The biblical Christian meeting is more like a family reunion, where people are free to ask questions, communicate with each other, and truly get to know each other like a family. It is not a “worship service” where most people just sit and listen without ever participating or using their spiritual gifts for the edification of the body. They had no professional, big salaried youth group leaders, music directors, or Sunday School coordinators, etc.
Christians did not begin to build fancy buildings until Constantine made Christianity a state religion, and invited them to begin worshipping in pagan temples (that were called “churches”), and placed the people under the bondage of a group of self appointed religious leaders that called themselves “the clergy”. Biblical Christians did not divide themselves into two distinct classes of people like the pagans did. The clergy and the laity division that exists today in the institutional religious system is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, and Jesus said He hated it.

Revelation 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
Nicolaitane – to rule over or exercise authority over the common people.

The biblical Church is a group of people that are joined to Christ, through the miracle of regeneration, and the moment they are born again, they are full participating members of the Church, which is the body of Christ.

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