What The Church Is Not

I’ve been exploring the idea of church lately.  What is it?  What is it not?  There are some things that I am sure the church is not.  I am tired of seeing the purposes of God being hindered because the church is being used by men to be what God never intended it to  be.

  • The Church is not a building so quit putting most of your resources in it.
  • The Church is not a corporation and the Pastor is not the CEO.
  • The Church is not an institution.  Church traditions don’t mean anything unless they are solidly founded in the scriptures.
  • The Church is not the Pastor’s vehicle to get people involved in “his vision.”  You mega church pastors who think this,  repent.  You house church pastors who think this and want to use the people in your church to become a bigger church…repent.
  • The Church is not an arm of the State and should not be engaged in promoting  nationalistic agendas
  • The Church is not an arm of any political party and should not be endorsing,  openly or under the table any political candidate.
  • The Church isn’t the property of the leadership.  Leadership does not own God’s people.
  • The Church is not a shopping mall for Spiritual services. 

I know some who read this will think I’m being hard on Pastors and leadership.  It’s true, I am.  I don’t think they necessarily started thinking about the church they lead in these ways, but it appears in the Western Church that’s where they end up.

They will stand before God and answer for good or ill about how they shepherd the people that God has brought into the congregation.

What do you think?

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  1. John – I’ve also been thinking (get in trouble thinking) about the church.

    How does one describe the Church of God?

    When you say church and I say church, do we know what each other means?

    Mostly what I’ve seen or experienced is not the Church of the Bible or the Church of God.

    Most are trying to figure out how the Church should meet.

    I often wonder if anyone knows the Church when they meet the Church.

    When we hear or speak the word Church do people see a steeple with a cross on it?

    When we hear or speak the word Church do people see a pastor in a pulpit,
    preaching to people in pews???

    When we hear or speak the word Church can we see and understand
    The Kingdom of God that comes not with observation,
    The rule and reign of God in our hearts,
    The government of God in our lives.

    The Ekklesia of God is Bought with a price, With His blood.

    The Church of God is the redeemed of the Lord. By His blood.

    The Ekklesia of God is
    The body of Christ.
    The Flock of God.
    The habitation of God.
    The Israel of God.
    The temple of God.

    The Church of God is
    Kings and priests unto God.
    The Lambs bride.
    Servants of Christ.
    Sons of God.
    Ambassadors for Christ.
    Disciples of Christ.

    Jesus said,
    And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring,
    and they shall hear my voice;
    and there shall be one fold,
    and one shepherd. John 10:16

    One voice, one fold, one shepherd,
    If not now, When?

    By His Grace.

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