Church Services Are NOT Biblical

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By Biblicism Institute

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.” Mark 7:8

To the well-versed a “church service” is in reality a show put together to entertain Christians. God never meant it to be so. The gathering of Christians is supposed to be an opportunity for believers to edify and encourage one another.

“…not neglecting to meet together… but encouraging one another…” Hebrews 10:25

How are Christians supposed to edify and encourage one another?

When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the assembly may be built up… Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged.” 1 Corinthians 14: 26, 29-31

When you come togetherthe Lord’s Supper… the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread… In the same way, after supper he took the cup…” 1 Corinthians 11: 20, 21, 25

Sermon on the Mount by Carl Bloch

Except for communion have you ever been to a congregation that puts all of these commands into practice? Some gatherings known as Bible Studies might be the closest to try but still fail. However, the above biblical commands are for any and all gathering of Christians. There is no distinction in the Bible between “Bible Studies” and “Church Services”, and that’s because neither one is mentioned. The only thing mentioned is, “When you come together”.

“…the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 14:37

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Confusion in God’s House?

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By Biblicism Institute

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Have you ever been to a congregation, and someone got up and said these terrible words, “Welcome to the House of God”?

Ugh? Wait a minute. The House of God? What’s up with that? Are we re-living Old Testament days?

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” 1 Cor 3:16

We are God’s House or Temple. The building where we assemble is not. It’s just a building. There’s nothing holy about that building. The Old Covenant TEMPLE principle – with its altar and a Levite High Priest hovering over everyone – is no longer in effect. See Church Services Are NOT Biblical for an in-depth exposé.

As a matter of fact, Christians can assemble anywhere. There’s no need to go into debt for a building. The early Church always met in homes. The money being wasted on mortgages can be put to better use by helping so many suffering Christians, especially in a downturn economy.

Each individual Christian is the Saint who is Holy or Separated unto God, because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. So when you help your Christian brethren, you are “helping” God. That’s the only building or temple God cares about.

So next time anyone errs like that – by making an edifice out to be what it’s not – please make sure that person is duly and lovingly corrected, publicly if necessary. The word of God is more important than someone’s pride or ego.

“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?” 1 Cor 6:19
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