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Is the ‘Church’ The Body of Christ?
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Please note: I have not “tested,” according to 1 Ths. 5:21 and 1 Jn. 4:1-4, the teachings of the ministry in the image above and so, I cannot vouch for them as sound Biblical teachers. However, this image states in a nutshell what “the church” really is.
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THE ‘CHURCH’ IS A PHYSICAL, RELIGIOUS BUILDING OR SHRINE; THE SO-CALLED ‘HOUSE OF GOD,’ OPPOSED TO THE SPIRITUAL BODY OF CHRIST, THE FOLLOWERS OF “THE WAY”
Under the Old Testament Covenant era, the physical nation of God, the Old Hebrews, gathered together in the physical Old Temple. Such a building was never God’s idea for the Old Israelites. “But Solomon built Him a house. However, the Most High does not dwell in temples [or churches] made with hands…” (Act 7:44-50.) There, the physical old Levitical priesthood, consisting of a hierarchical priesthood, did physical sacrifices on a physical altar and sprinkled the physical blood around the altar, etcetera, to cover the sins of the Old Hebrews as symbols of the Ultimate and Final blood sacrifice that was to come: the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ž Then, with Jesus’ full atonement in the place of all humanity, (Jn. 3:16,) He did away completely or “annulled” the entire Old Testament Covenant with Old Israel to inaugurate His eternal, spiritual New Covenant with all sincere believers from every “tribe, tongue, and nation — personally believing Hebrews included, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9; Jn. 3:16.)
With the outpouring of the indwelling Holy Spirit at Pentecost, God literally fulfilled His Old Testament promise to all New Testament Covenant believers in Christ that He “will pour out His [indwelling] Spirit on all [sincerely believing people worldwide,]” Acts 2:14-21.]” This was the inauguration of His eternal Spiritual Kingdom “within” His born again temple of believers, where spiritually, no race, status, or gender exist, but all are “one in Jesus,” (Lu. 17:21-22; Gal. 3:28-29, KJV.)
The entire New Testament stands on the fact that Jesus’ body of true believers are no longer spiritually contained or bound by any spiritual thing in this world. They were all completely called “out of” darkness “into” His Spiritual Kingdom of Light, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) All His true believers are “possessed” by the Holy Spirit as Jesus’ “purchased possession,” (Eph. 1:13-14.) As His holy temple, they are also His holy bride, for whom He will “return from heaven with a shout [like] the voice of an archangel… ” (1 Ths. 4:16.)
Since That Day of Pentecost, everything under the New Covenant became spiritual: a spiritual nation of global, personal believers, (Jn. 1:11-14; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.) A spiritual temple of true believers, indwelt by the Holy Spirit once and for all at Pentecost, (1 Cor. 3:16; Mt. 28:18-20.) He also brought into being a completely different spiritual priesthood, consisting of all true believer-disciples from all races, status, and genders, of whom He Alone is the Eternal High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek, (Heb. 7:17.) And He gave only one, spiritual, everlasting ‘heart’-law to govern this spiritual priesthood or the members of His everlasting spiritual body — all the precepts of His inward, Moral Law of Love, (Jn. 13:34; 1 Cor. 12:12-14.)
Ž There is not the slightest inkling in the context of New Testament truth that Jesus will return to the Old Testament Covenant structure of a physical temple. Henceforward, Jesus’ body of sincere believers would be the only temple of the fully indwelling Holy Spirit. Their gathering together, congregation, or assembly would be informal in homes, or in the veldt as Jesus demonstrated, or in caves, etcetera, known as the ecclesia, (Heb. Chapter 11.) So, after That Day of Pentecost, they were known as “Followers of The Way.” Jesus’ Himself is The Way, the Truth, and The Life — and they are the disciples and members of Jesus; His own spiritual body, (Acts 9:2; 19:23; 22:4; 24:14.)
Ž All this is in stark contrast to the “church,” which is made up by membership of a religious Christian system or institution of all sorts of divisions or denominations, and schisms. This entire church system is a lame replica of the ousted Old Testament temple with it’s ousted hierarchical priesthood that flourishes on the extortion of ousted temple taxes or tithes, and its many worthless but controlling, ceremonial laws and countless false church dogmas, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9.)
SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED TO THE BODY OF CHRIST AFTER JESUS’ ASCENSION
The Old Testament Covenant with the Hebrews did not end when Jesus was born, but when Jesus died and rose from the grave, (Heb. 8:13.) Jesus ministered His miracles to the Hebrew nation under the Old Covenant before they could be cleansed by His blood and indwelt by His Spirit, (Jn. 7:38-39; Heb. 8:13; Rom. 8:9; Mt. 28:18-20.)
Ž Jesus commanded in Jn. 4:21-24, “[After the cross and Pentecost,] you will neither on this mountain, [church or denomination,] nor in Jerusalem, [Messianic Judaism with its Israeli Timeline is a hoax,] worship the Father… True worshipers will worship… in spirit and in truth… God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” Jn. 4:14; 7:38-39, "Whoever believes in Me… streams of living water will flow from within [or from inside] him... He was speaking about the [indwelling] Spirit, Whom those who believed in Him were later to receive, [after Jesus’ cross and resurrection.] For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified," (Lu. 17:21-22.)
Hence, the first believers of Acts were called the ‘ecclesia or 'assembly'' after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, when He came after the cross to constantly indwell all Jesus’ blood-cleansed believers. They had no 'holy' buildings where they could preach, fellowship, and minister the gifts of the Spirit. They themselves were, just as all true believers are now, the “building” or temple of the fully indwelling Holy Spirit, (1 Jn. 2:20.)
Ž Soon after Pentecost, through the Hebrews’ final rejection of Jesus, His believers were radically ostracized from the temple and synagogues. This was the fulfilment of Jesus' prophecy in Jn. 16:2, "...They will put you out of the synagogues… the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God."
As a result, indescribable persecution came upon Jesus’ Followers of The Way, (Heb. 11.) During that time, it could cost you your life to become a Follower of The Way. Yet, Jesus' ecclesias or assemblies grew like wildfire. As Satan chased The Followers from their homes and cities, they carried the true Gospel and power of the Holy Spirit wherever they went to make more disciples for the spiritual Kingdom of Christ. Thus, they effectively evangelized the known world of that time, (Jn. 18:36.)
BECAUSE PHYSICAL PERSECUTION COULD NOT QUENCH THEM, FOLLOWERS OF THE WAY WERE DECEIVED TO BECOME CHURCH CHRISTIANS
The physical persecution of The Followers of The Way was not the worst that happened to them. Through the infiltration of false teachers, The Followers willingly began to forsake “The Way.” They converted to the stagnant church system; housed in a so-called ‘sacred’ building, and their servant-leaders were systematically replaced by a fake hierarchical clergy. Acts 11:26 KJV, describes how the Followers of The Way were “first called Christians in Antioch,” where they began to exchange Jesus, The Way, for church dogma, its pagan/Christianized church forms and norms, and it’s ruling clergy, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.)
Ž During the Protestant Reformation that began in the 16th century, church fathers John Calvin, Martin Luther, Melanchthon, etcetera, (all daughters of original Roman Catholic Church Christianity,) imposed most of Christianity’s dogmas, and church norms, and forms upon the members of their Protestant churches. All the divisions or denominations that sprang from them did exactly the same. And so, pure and modified Roman Catholicism still flourish in all of her church denominations to this day.
The following is a synopsis from my book, “Secret Societies Control the Rise and Fall of Religions and Christian Denominations”
Ž Where the Bible speaks of "church," we must know that this was a Roman Catholic invention, which they substituted for "The Followers of The Way" and the original assemblies; the Holy Spirit’s ecclesia. Neither the word nor the concept of “church,” nor the word or concept of “Christian,” (meaning ‘little christs,’) existed in the body of Christ and their assemblies. (Christians are members of the ‘Mother Church’s Roman Catholicism, her Protestant daughters, and her many other divisions or denominations. Christians are, therefore, not the original Followers of The Way, Rev. 17 & 18.) Everything early infiltrators of the ecclesia touched, was Christianized to form a deadly religious potion made from Bible verses and pagan dogma and practices.
Ž Mac Culloch wrote in ‘Religion of the Ancient Celts and Druids,’ (paraphrased,) “The Druid word ‘circle’ means ‘a ring.’ The circle is all-important in fairy culture, and portrays endless friendship, [as a ring is round and has no end.]” Thus the circle of friends, holding hands, dancing, singing and praying together, actually depicts a fairy ring, which is demonic fellowship. The body of Christ resembles a real body, not a ring.
“Circle, the root word of ‘church,’ is also the root word of ‘circus.’ The hierarchical way in which the Fairy (god-mother) goddess, (Christianized as Mother Mary in Roman Catholicism,) structured her temple worship, mimics a circus ring. There, in the centre of the ring, you have the high priestess and high priest, surrounded by the rest of their hierarchical priesthood. Together, they perform perverse ceremonies in the “inner” ring, while the majority of inconspicuous spectator-workers or religious slaves in the “outer” ring look on.
“The spectators in the outer ring (in church terms the 'laity') of the circus have no other role than to cheer, chant, obey - and slavishly offer up their ‘bodies and souls,’ (Rev. 18:13,) lives, possessions, money, and time to the dictates of their ungodly hierarchy of priests. Comparing these religious meetings to a modern circus ring, one could easily mistake the performances of hierarchical rulers in the “church” as secular entertainment, were it not for their religious doctrines and Christianized rituals or ceremonies,” and the strong demonic charge in the atmosphere, mostly mistaken for the “anointing” of the Holy Spirit, (2 Cor. 11:3-4.)”
Ž However, God did not structure His ecclesia or assembly in the form of a fairy circus ring, but in the form of a human body - Jesus’ body. In addition, every one of His members is a necessary, active part of His body, (1 Cor. 12:4-31.)
The word and concept of "church," all true church history researchers of this subject conclude, was never in the Bible until the Roman Catholic Vatican placed it there and the Protestant Pope of Geneva, John Calvin, and his co-church-conspirators, inherited it from them. Since then, all the many divisions or denominations of Roman Catholic Church Christianity were patterned on the blueprint of the Catholic/Protestant, circus/fairy church ring.
To understand New Testament Covenant Bible Scripture where Jesus’ body of believers is concerned, one must:
Ž Know the true origin of “Christians” or “little christs” - the great replica of the body of Christ; The Followers of The Way.
Ž And realize that church clergies, (the satanic impersonation of Jesus’ servant-leaders,) had nearly two millennia to tamper with the Scriptures.
Church leaders could not alter or annihilate Jesus’ Truth from His Word, but He already addressed this blasphemous sin among the Old Hebrew Pharisees in Mark 7:13, saying, “You make of no effect the Word of God through your tradition [and temple doctrines] which you have handed down. And many such things you do,” (Mt. 15:5-9.)
So, we will benefit much more from the Truth of Scripture if, wherever we find these strange words and concepts in a passage, we correct them as follows:
Ž In terms of ‘attending church,’ ‘the church in your home,’ etcetera, we must read it as “the ecclesia,” congregation, or gathering of the saints.
We must always read the whole Bible from the perspective of the New Testament Covenant in Christ. The Bible was compiled in Two Different Testaments or Covenants for a very good reason. The ousted Old Testament pertained only to the Old Hebrew nation, but was “done away with” when Jesus died on the cross, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9.) So, the things that happened to the Old Hebrews in the Old Testament “was written as examples for us…” to show us how God deals with His New Testament believers according to His Moral Law, and the teachings of Jesus, (1 Cor. 10:11 KJV.)