The New Testament church is not a building. The assembly of the Saints is not to “pass the plate” and collect money, neither is it to sit in pews and take notes while a church paid pastor or priest delivers a lecture. There is no program, liturgy, or rituals in the Body of Christ. All of those are of the BEAST, false worldly church system, created by men to deceive believers and profit from their ignorance.
The first Christians, did not have church buildings, nor did they have Bibles, neither were they taught from Bibles. None of the New Testament books of the Bible had been written yet. They were taught the commandments of Jesus by the disciples of Jesus, who were then referred to as the apostles. They did not teach them the Old Testament Law of Moses. They taught them the teachings of Jesus, as Jesus had commanded before He ascended to heaven. They did as Jesus commanded, as it was later recorded in Matthew 28:19,20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT I COMMANDED YOU;”
On the day of Pentecost, when the first Christians came to faith, Peter had to explained to them the reason for the occurrence, when the disciples miraculously started speaking in tongues which they were never taught, they asked him what they should do to be saved, and he said to them:”Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39“For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” 40And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!” 41So then, those who had received his word were baptized; and that day there were added about three thousand souls. 42They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”Acts 2:38-42.
Those first believers were Jews, they knew the law of Moses, the Old Testament. The apostles did not teach them the Torah, the Old Testament. They taught them the commandments of Jesus, His words, that which He had taught and instructed them, as those teachings were later also recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
We read in Acts 2:43 “Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.”
They did not build churches. They were “continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.. They met in houses “breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,” They did not collect money to build churches. “All those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.” There was no “PASSING OF THE PLATE” collecting of money for the “church.” There was no “church, ”nor church organization. Church organizations were later created by ungodly men to become part of the worldly BEAST SYSTEM, of idol worship in temples.
We read in verse 46. They were “day by day continuing with one mind in the temple.” Because they were Jews, they were still visiting the temple, but they were soon banned from the temple and persecuted by the non-believing pharisees. The temple was destroyed in 80 AD, as Jesus predicted,and it was never re-built.
The Christians met in houses. New believers were baptized in rivers, dams, wherever there was enough water. They were not baptized in church buildings. They did not baptize babies. They baptized those who believed and who had repented. Paul referred to the “church that is in their house” in Romans 16:5. Communion, breaking of bread, was done in the house, not officiated by ordained pastors and clergy. There were none. The apostles were not educated people, they were fishermen, plain ordinary working people. They were not educated. Very few of the pharisees and religious leaders and teachers of the Law of Moses, ever believed and became Christians.
Church is not the house of God. God does not live in any church building. We read in Acts 7:48 “the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands; as the prophet says:
49‘HEAVEN IS MY THRONE,
AND EARTH IS THE FOOTSTOOL OF MY FEET;
WHAT KIND OF HOUSE WILL YOU BUILD FOR ME?’ says the Lord,
‘OR WHAT PLACE IS THERE FOR MY REPOSE?
50‘WAS IT NOT MY HAND WHICH MADE ALL THESE THINGS?’
Those who have been born again and have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, they are the temple of God, they are the church, the Body of Christ, in which He dwells. We read in 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have received from God?”
God is not concerned about churches, He is concerned about souls. All church buildings and church organizations will perish. The money that you work for is not for the church institution, it is to be used for the Body of Christ, your fellow followers of Jesus as we read in Acts 2:43”And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; 45and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.”
We have to love, serve and take care of the fellow followers of Jesus, the Body of Christ. Love is to be concerned for the welfare of your brother, not of a church institution. If we care for our brother we will be concerned about his soul and his physical needs. Above all we will be concerned about his relationship with Jesus and his fellowship with Jesus. The apostle John wrote in 3 John 1:2”Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.3For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.5Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; 6and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.” He was speaking of SUPPORTING those who labor for the SOULS of others, to support them, not a church organization.
The true body of Christ, the called out assembly have always been a small flock that were persecuted by the false church, that is part of the worldly BEAST system. If you follow Jesus and are part of His flock you will not fit into the worldly churches. You will be hated and persecuted by them. The worldly church system is a BEAST that functions ON and FOR MONEY.
Get out of the organizational church system. Stop feeding the BEAST. Stop giving them your money. Follow Jesus. Love and serve the other followers of Jesus that might be in need. Be the temple of the Holy Spirit, in whom He dwells. Serve Jesus IN YOUR HOUSE and share Him with others. Testify for Jesus, bring others to Jesus, into fellowship with Him. Follow Him and you will bear much fruit for the kingdom of God.
May Jesus bless you.