The Church of Christ is not buildings to be closed.
Churches have been broadsided with a hit that came out of nowhere! What we are seeing from this attack, is churches and their pastors are having to take a stand to keep their churches open – in the name of the Lord. But, is this truly what God wants?
First of all, there must be a distinction made in that there are two churches; the Church of Christ and the churches of men.
The Church of Christ is the true Church that God in which ‘the gates of hell will not prevail’ Matt 16:17-17, where the churches of men are an entirely different entity. The Church of God is alive, and vibrant – and gather together as much and wherever possible, for the joy of it; Heb 10:25. Where the churches of men, gather only at the appointed times – in their buildings or set meeting places. The dilemma that has come to the churches of men, is that they do not know how to conduct themselves, in the threat of closure and are being scattered and are falling apart. There is no such dilemma to those who operate as the true Church because they do not need a building, a pastor, or all the rest – to function as what Christ has instituted.
Christ’s Church IS the gathering and assembling of each other and certainly do not need a building to do so. As we come together with like-minded believers in Christ we easily share Christ with each other, we don’t have to be told or wait until ‘church day’ to do so. it takes only two of us, to come together (Matt 18:20) and as we share and learn from the Lord, we are His Church in operation and no government or rule can take this away from us where on the other hand, churches of men are suffering great loss, not at the hand of men, or even Satan – but at the Hand of Almighty God!
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Hebrews 12:25-28
Time to draw near to God – not church buildings! To learn who Jesus Christ is, on our own – without the Pastor’s teachings or liturgy we have memorized. The dependency upon men and buildings has gotten in the way for far too long – and is high time for those who profess to love Christ, to make time to get to know Him, and how His Church is to conduct itself. It is time to leave all the clutter of the traditions and churches of men behind and begin to embark on the journey of a lifetime, and the gates of hell will not be allowed to touch this!