x435.........The Roman emperor Says "build" and we Still Obey!
The church which is given to us as our example from the Bible, built the church in a specific way. It was the same way that Jesus demonstrated to them in His ministry.
They were selling land. They were selling homes and possessions, in order to feed the poor within the church. This was what their money was doing in the NT Bible church. (They were not selling everything they had--but rather their giving and selling of possessions was specifically lead by the Holy Spirit. --Not by law--and definitely not by the law of tithing).
Why was it so important to feed the poor within he church? So that none had any "lack"--because everyone in the church was operating in ministry. Everyone in the church was a priest unto God. Everyone was witnessing the Gospel--everywhere they went. They were operating the church from their already existing homes--7 days a week (perhaps 24 hours a day!) in what we would call "revival". Everyone had a function in the Spirit. They were praying together--interceding for others--they were witnessing the Gospel--they were speaking the word of God to others and amongst themselves. They were teaching and preaching the Gospel amongst themselves and out in the world. The Bible may say that it was through the hands of the apostles that many miracles happened, but at the same time, if the Bible calls all the people in the church "witnesses" it means that they all had function. (The Bible says simply in the book of Romans 1:5--that we allhave been given "grace and apostleship"---not every member of the body of Christ is functions as an apostle--but we ALL have "apostleship"---which is the free release to ministry that Jesus grants to us--ALL!) When it shows that many in the church were giving toward the poor--then the people had this ministry. When it tells of them praising God, and having fellowship together--they weren't meeting on social terms--they were all meeting as equals in the Lord and all operating in their anointings and gifts, each individually directed by the Holy spirit.
This was the physical operation of the Spiritual church. The Spiritual church and the "political" church, were one and the same after the day of Pentecost. the operation of the spiritual church always has and continues to operate in just this way that is described in the Bible--Unfortunately, the political church--the "organized" church is not operating in the same way as the Spiritual church. It has been corrupted by time and the tradition of man which was brought into the church over the ages--tradition which rules our minds and tells us what "church" ought to look like.
And one of the biggest mistakes we take on from tradition, is the tradition of building structures which we call the church. In the NT Bible the "church" is always described as the people who are Christians in a given area. It is never described in any way as our concept of a large church building. One scripture in the Bible describes the church as "the house of God" (1Timothy 3:15)--and this scripture may in fact be referring to the people within the house--not the house itself. But even so, it is just fact that the house of God which is being referred to in the Bible, are the homes of every believer--NOT a large centralized "sanctuary building" or "assembly hall". These concepts of the "house of God" are taken from the Old Testament--they all refer to the temple in Jerusalem (or sometimes to the other temples which God had ordered built in holy places in Israel. ) In the NT no one is shown being told to "build a sanctuary in a given place". In the OT God spoke on some occasions to Moses or Abraham or some other patriarch and told them something like "this place is holy unto me, stop here and build me an altar and make a sacrifice. Not so in the NT. People are the building......
"For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry,
ye are God's building." (1 Corinthians 3:9, KJV).
Of course all this makes sense when we understand that the function of the sanctuary. The "house of God" of the OT was to provide a dwelling place for the presence of God--and that Spirit need to be maintained by continual sacrifice of animals and grain offerings (this was the tithe). The Ot house of God was all about the sacrifice--the veil behind which God lived--the working of the Levites--the priesthood. the NT church described in the Bible understood exactly what they did not need to do anymore (they were Jews who had lived their lives in subjection to this system of sacrifice and operation of the house of God--lead by people who were very corrupt--Jesus made this clear on many occasions. Mans rule had infiltrated the house of God and corrupted it.)
But we in the church of today follow after many of the same concepts that these Jewish leaders followed after in the days before and during Jesus. About 300 years AD the church of that day joined itself with the Roman government--(in spite of what Jesus specifically said NOT to do --in Luke 22-Mat 20-Mar 10)--and the emperor of Rome--who now was the "head" of the universal church--and began the tradition of building large temples--where the new religion of Rome could operate from. This was the Roman tradition--(pagan Rome operated it's religion iin a "basilica"--a large building which people used only on specific "holy days"---seats in strict Roman columns with a central aisle in the middle--an altar of sacrifice at the front, where the pagan priests were only ones allowed to perform their functions---and the "pulpitum" the place of rule from which the leader addressed the mob---any of this sound familiar??) and exactly the opposite of what the NT bible said to do. It was justified by going to the OT and taking out of context the commands which were given to the patriarchs about building a sanctuary for God. The NT understanding of the "church" consisting of people--and the homes of all Christians--the NT concept of selling possessions to give to the poor within the church that all may operate in God--was ignored--the "apostleship" of every believer was tossed aside for the concpet of hierarchy and rule----and unfortunately these concepts largely continue to be ignored to this day.
We use most of our money to build church buildings--we given no credit or money to the ministry of all the people--instead we pay tax to the emperor--to the priest--the pastor--the Levite who operates the ministry within the "house of God".
We continue to be obedient tot the Roman emperor rather than to be obedient to the word God.