The Small Church

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I hear many stories about people who have been hurt in church. Either due to ill treatment, made to feel left out, or were the object of gossip and judgment. Somehow they got lost in the midst of hundreds of people. Insignificant, unnoticed and unable to serve. We all know there’s no such thing as a perfect church. Everyone sins and makes mistakes. Yes, even that “man of God.” We’re all to learn, grow together and forgive one another. I am thankful that I have not been abused in any way by a church. However, there’s something more insidious that happens in some church buildings. It’s when we have been led down a wrong path, perhaps for years, by a man or a religion that doesn’t know God or the Bible.

A church building is where we are supposed to pray and worship God. It’s where we are to be rightly taught His word. Where we are trained and equipped to use our spiritual gifts, taught how to endure spiritual trials and how to witness to the lost. It’s a place where we encourage, exhort and help fellow Christians. It is not a place for the unregenerate (those not spiritually born again) to teach. Or those who repeatedly read into the scriptures what is not there, twisting them for their own agenda.

Some years ago when I had a Bible study in my home, a woman who belonged to a religion with millions of members, had her belief system torn apart piece by piece as we studied the Bible. She was terribly hurt and accused her church of lying to her. The emotional shock and feeling of betrayal was just too much that she stopped coming to Bible study. She died a few years later. I don’t know if she ever came to the cross of Christ and believed in what happened there for her salvation. I only know that her soul was crushed and giving up her religion was something she could not do. It was her life. She depended on the leaders to have a pipeline to God, to be His representatives on earth, enabling them to teach Truth. She didn’t search the Scriptures herself.

Although there are no perfect churches, we should never attend one or maintain our membership if it adheres to false teachings. The long term damage will one day reveal itself. Many who are led astray, may find themselves following this false teacher to an eternity separated from God.

So, if someone is telling you to stay in your church because you are sinning if you don’t go and overlook the fact that the pastor has some false beliefs, run! Get out of there! Have nothing to do with it. Do not listen to or condone false doctrines.

Sometimes the best church is the one most people overlook. That small, plain building where the word of God is rightly divided by a man who loves God and Truth.

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16 thoughts on “The Small Church

  1. Well said. I am grateful for the small church, the body of Christ. If there is no local small church the internet opens the door to finding one. We watch several online as their is no local gathering that truly rightly divides, they all go just part of the way mixing body and bride.

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    1. It doesn’t make sense if the Church was the bride of Christ, as many Christians erroneously believe and also say that the Church will go through some if not all of the tribulation, that Jesus would spend 3 or 7 years beating up His bride.

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      1. Someone once said, if the Church was the bride, that would make God our father-in-law. It’s kind of a silly way to put it, but the point is made. It’s impossible for the body (which is ONE with Christ) to also be the bride.

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      2. No I don’t. It’s not biblical. The bride is the New Jerusalem as we are told in Revelation 21:9-13  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.  [10]  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  [11]  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;  [12]  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:  [13]  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

        The concept of the bride is strictly Jewish and refers to the prophetic references to Israel being married to God found in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, etc. and the words of Jesus in the gospels and Revelation point to this as well.
        Isaiah 62:5  For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
        Jeremiah 2:32  Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
        Joel 2:16  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
        John 3:29  He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
        Revelation 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

        However nowhere in any of Old Testament, Gospels or early Acts or Hebrew epistles will you find any mention of the Body of Christ. The Body is only found in the books of Romans through Philemon as revealed to the Apostle Paul for this time the dispensation of the age of grace when Israel’s prophet program to reclaim the earth (with his bride Isreal) has been paused and God has revealed the mystery he had hidden in himself the age of grace the body of Christ that will restore the heavens when it is caught up at the close of this age. At that point the prophetic program with Israel begins again.
        Romans 12:5  So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
        1 Corinthians 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
        1 Corinthians 12:27  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
        Ephesians 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
        Colossians 2:17  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

        It is true there are verses referring to husbands and wives that reference our position in Christ such as
        Ephesians 5:23-24  For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  [24]  Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

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        Romans 7:3-4  So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man.  [4]  Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.

        But these passages are not saying in any way shape or form that the body is the bride or wife but are using the earthly relationship of husband and wife which we know and can understand to demonstrate to us how we are to submit to or relate to Christ as a wife does to her husband.

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      3. Anthony

        Thank you for taking the time to write that. That’s interesting; in 33 years of familiarity with the Bible (20 a false convert, 13 years believer) I never heard anyone with those positions. Thank you again for writing all that.

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  2. ” Many who are led astray, may find themselves following this false teacher to an eternity separated from God.”
    How right? I try to compare what the preacher is saying to what the word of God says and look for any misrepresentation …. It’s very important to not follow people blindly.

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    1. I totally agree. I have spent years exposing false religions/cults and false teachings. I have called out Roman Catholicism (I was raised catholic),Mormons, JWs, 7th Day Adventists, and all the other false faith groups in Christianity,

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      1. Religion is a tough topic because everyone thinks they are on the one true path .

        I have many Muslim friends, there is one in particular who is always sending me Idi messages and wishes and I stay open minded with them (I don’t judge ), I gladly accept the wishes. On Christmas Eve, I sent him a Merry Christmas video and he brushed it off like it meant nothing. Men, I was taken aback! We know Christ wasn’t born on the 25th of December but He was still born in human form to save us. That’s the big picture, the whole picture of Christmas.

        Anyway, as for me, I think of what I have with God as a personal relationship with Christ, not a religion.

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      2. People who are in a religion are very difficult to persuade. They often believe that they have something to teach us and nothing to learn from us. When I was Catholic, I thought it was the only true church. I dismissed what my protestant friends had to say. I even felt superior. Many times prayer is the only thing that will open someone’s eyes. It could open the eyes of your Muslim friend who believes in a different Jesus than the one in the Bible who is God.

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  3. I will pray for all of them. It will be good if their eyes are opened to the freedom, grace, love peace, joy and hope that the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ offers.

    Have you watched the live version of Forever by Kari Jobe? Near the end of the performance, there is a very powerful spoken word that shows the overwhelming power of Jesus’s love.

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  4. The prophetic programs in the Bible are for Israel. The mystery which had been Secret from the foundation of the world to now is the program which is for the body of Christ. Israel still has Much prophecy to go before the kingdom. Thank you for having this website

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