believers did not have church buildings. They preached in the
streets and met in houses. Holy born again men and women came
together to pray, worship and have fellowship in the
Lord. They met in houses, not in church buildings. The apostles
taught them the commands of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote in 1
Corinthians 14:26″When you come together, everyone has a psalm
or a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All of
these must be done to build up the church.” They were filled
with the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit manifested in their meetings
through various gifts. We read in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11″Now to
each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common
good. 8To one there is given through the Spirit the message of
wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by the same Spirit,9to
another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that
one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another
prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another
speaking in various tongues, and to still another the interpretation
of tongues. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who
apportions them to each one as He determines.”
It was not a “service” with a program and a one man show where the pastor preached and then everybody went home. It was a meeting of the saints to have fellowship with Jesus under guidance of the Holy Spirit. That was a meeting of the church, the Body of Christ, the called out assembly, the Ekklesia.
Then some people crept in who institutionalized the church. They wanted to be like the heathen, who have temples for their idols and false religions. They saw opportunity to create their own organizations and created their own doctrines, not the words of Jesus Christ. They created church organizations using their own rules and by twisting the scriptures. They lured people away from the truth, the pure words of Jesus and made them members and servants of their church organization, and so thousands of denominations evolved. People became slaves and followers of churches and their leadership, not followers of Jesus Christ.
Most professing Christians belong to these corrupt churches. They follow after the church leadership, not after Jesus, because they do not know Him. They belong to the church of their choice because they like the false doctrines of the church. They believe and defend the lies that the church preaches and do not find the truth because they do not seek the truth, and so they will perish in their sins.
The churches are run and controlled by the leadership of the church. Jesus and the Holy Spirit has no place in the worldly church institutions. They are man made institutions that are not serving the kingdom of God. They serve and enrich the leadership and expand the church enterprise. They are corrupt, fake, worldly, satanic.
Church has been corrupted. Very few born again believers are led by the Holy Spirit. Most of them have been led astray by the corrupt church institutions. The Body of Christ is not part of the corrupt church institutions. The true followers of Jesus are few. They are led by the Holy Spirit. They follow Jesus, not men.
Are you a member and supporter of the corrupt worldly churches or are you part of the true church, the Body of Christ? Do you follow and serve Jesus like the first believers did?.
May Jesus bless you.