Much of what I have learnt these past few weeks has been mind numbing…to the point that I have had to re-examine the things I once held true about my faith. And maybe you should to. This piece is for my Christian audience but you might find some of the thoughts intriguing, particularly if you are someone who isn’t too accepting of the status quo.
This piece will attempt to explore why Christians go to ‘church’, why we have denominations and why we worship the way we do.
I remember Jesus speaking a parable about a good man who sowed a seed in a field (in Matthew 13:25). It goes on to say that while men slept, the enemy came and sowed tares, a worthless weed plant to try to obfuscate the harvest that the good man had had in mind before planting the seed.
The good man responded by letting the wheat and the weeds grow together knowing that if he tried to separate the tares from the wheat before the time of harvesting, he could lose his entire crop.
In like manner, God planted Christ on earth in the body of His Son, Jesus Christ. The world around us called us, ‘Christians’ first at Antioch, recognizing our difference from the rest of the world. They didn’t see our money or our real estate which today runs into trillions of dollars. What they saw was Jesus. We met publicly and from house to house (Acts 20:20) breaking bread and sharing the word of God almost every day.
Then, a Roman emperor by the name, Constantine, whose fruits you do well to learn , began to sow tares. He morphed God’s people systematically into a religion as he fashioned out a dichotomy of clergy and laity from a once harmonious structure of brethren meeting together as equals in Christ and ministering to each other as the Holy Ghost saw fit to manifest Himself. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says each one of us was given a gift of the Spirit for the common good.
Constantine replaced the warmth of church meeting in the home of a brother or sister (1 Corinthians 14:26) with theater-like basilicas; and then set Sunday as the day for worship among many other things.
It wasn’t that he did anything in open affront to the Body of Christ, no. But by the simple things he did, this Roman Emperor altered how we fellowship with God, even today. He monetized Christianity to the point where we created merchandise in forms of crucifixes, rosaries, pulpits, CDs and vestments for the clergy which from the beginning was not so.
He is the reason we refer to buildings, not ourselves as the Church in opposition to the Word of God. Constantine practically turned what we know today as Christianity from the race that God originally intended into a system of belief; a religion denominated in different organizations; Roman Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Pentecostal and so on.
For centuries , many of us have attended ‘church’ on Sunday based on Constantine’s bright ideas. Across the denominations, the ‘set’ we have called ‘church’ have been arrangements comprising a platform from where the clergy like actors play their roles while the docile laity watch and listen from the pews.
Many of us have starred in timeless remakes of this movie called, ‘church’ only to return to the normalcy of Monday through Saturday like a people bewitched.
Who has bewitched you to follow this legalism ?
‘That which every joint supplies’ is removed from the equation of our faith in direct dissonance with God’s original idea of Church. The Church as set up by God are a special race of people (1 Peter 2:9), God’s temple (1 Corinthians 3:16), living stones built into a spiritual house of God (1 Peter 2:4–5).
We don’t go to the ‘house of God’ as Constantine has had us, we are the house of God. And if so, how then can God’s house be sick, poor or afflicted?
As harvesting time approaches, there are indications that the Lord would have these truths unraveled and the tares exposed.
Research the Bible and Christian history if in doubt of the things I have shared. And let us engage.
Peace be with your spirit.