Is this pandemic a wakeup call for a change? Will the government of many nations change? Will the citizens of this world change? Will the church government change? Will the old ways be forced to change to a loving and caring ways? Are we still the Church or we are now the Kingdom?
Why did COVID-19 become a learning tool for all the church leaders and the churchgoers, listeners and doers of the Word, tithes, or no tithes givers? What message did we learn from this pandemic? Did anyone notice the feelings of worshipping away from the building you used to go on Sundays? Do you miss your pastor or priest preaching in the pulpit? How about your favorite Brethren that you have a conversation every Sunday? How about the collections, did it show up in your living room? The church is alive, progressive and will survive even preaching the Word of God from TV stations to our living rooms. The present technology will reach more believers than the actual numbers of registered members of many congregations and will surely reach many unbelieving ears to come to God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.
A true church is a living organism attach to every human soul whose relationship is secured as long as we stay focused on the one true teaching. When we put all the blessings and promises that we already received from the Word, the offer from the other side is nothing but dust. This pandemic brought fear to those who heard and witnessed physical deaths, financial devastation, economic collapse, little supplies, and big demands. Where is our life heading? It’s distressing to experience this event in our life and also probably distressing to the church management, without the presence of collection how far will they go?
If the church is fully dependent on collections from the members of the church and they cannot operate without it, the stewardship will be in question; then they compromise the teachings that God is a great provider. In times like this, the church authorities should have enough funds to sustain the expenses of the building as well as the salaries of the employees. Time will come that the church people will realize that the true blessings is neither by hearing or seeing but by the knowledge and understanding of the existence of God and with acceptance of our heart we may receive the wisdom of God.
Faith doesn’t die out quickly on its own even with abusive behavior of church authorities, they may leave the congregation but they will still pursue their spiritual growth. It is very evident that with this crisis people are losing jobs, with sadness in their heart, fear and trembling, bodies shaking to the bones, and here come the leaders of the church asking for a donation!
Where will you go from here? They cannot just say we understand your needs, we will pray for you. There is no greater prayer than our own earnest prayer. Our relationship is between God and us and nothing to do with them.
Our prayers can be heard in heaven and we do not need hypocrisy to be added to our troubled mind. We are living in a physical world so live by that standard but when it comes to spiritual, ask them who is responsible for your spiritual growth; when they claim they are, ask them again; what did they do? If you feel you owe them your growths then bless them and if not, you have every right to correct their claim.
One faith, one brotherhood, one community of the faithful, united in one accord and spirit is the act of loving God. Imagine the Word of God being preached in front of our kids and grandkids right in our living room. I know we need to get used to it, even many evangelicals are doing it now, believers have their physical congregations but there is always a new beginning.
It’s only a matter of bringing your heart to this change and not our mindset of physical church attendance. This is the real church in the making. This is the modern house church, staying at home instead of going house to house that the ancient believers did and it needs a lot of discipline and devotion, commitment, dedication and without distraction, we can make it.
To stay connected with the members, churches form their visibility online. The great impact is if this will continue till the end of time more souls will be reached; there will be no profiling or gossiping; no need to rush driving and be stressed looking for parking; no more worrying about perfumes or new clothes to wear, shining jewelry and fancy bags.
House church is mentioned in the Bible; the church meeting in the house of “Priscilla and Aquila;” Roman 16:3,5 “Nymphas, and the church which is in her house.” Col 4:15.” New Testament provides several other references to house churches; Paul’s letter to Philemon also describes his house as a church. The Bible never describes a building and addresses it as a church, instead, it describes a church as a family, a community; an Individual or group of people, with its core value of spiritual brotherhood (Philadelphia). Friends invite friends; relatives invite relatives to gather every Sunday morning. Just imagine the closeness it will bring to each other.
In the comfort of our home, we can also feel the blessings. We receive blessings 7 days a week just by being alive. Watching on TV probably is the same thing as attending a service in an overflow room. No pressure in giving tithes to maintain the rent and employees.
The churches are facing a new phase of modern worship right now in this modern world. These churches can reach more and communicate more to people all over the world where cable, internet, and other media are available. This is the new era where the kingdom replaces the church which was long overdue. The era that kicks in after the death of the last of the twelve Apostles, is the end of the apostolic age as well as the end of the apostolic church.
However, the apostolic church continues and passes through generations. This church government exercises the New Testament doctrine which leads to the adoption of the original kind of teachings the apostles had practiced which is salvation. The Book of Revelation is about the judgment and the kingdom, the end time, or revealed time, which in this generation. Salvation is part of it but, the main focuses of the teachings of many congregations to date are still planting seeds and that is the church ideas and not the kingdom that Jesus said is at hand.
A church building without the presence of believers is just a plain building. We are supposed to know by this generation even the generations before us, that churches are a group of believers, and are the church themselves.
Many still do not get it and still continue calling the building a church even it is empty. Well, of course, we can’t blame them because that was how it was taught before. Churches have been forced to continue the notion about the church to lessen the confusion of the believers but it is not good enough that the believers are living in a dark room instead of the lighted room.
If we continue to walk blindfolded, probably we can live with it and let transgressions continue and be tolerated. Our senses work with the Holy Spirit, if there is no feeling of his presence then we are not in the kingdom. To be part of the kingdom of heaven, we need to acknowledge that we are the kingdom and our submission to its rule is mandatory.
We are the kingdom! Our shyness will not bring any good things, we must be bold and declare that the kingdom is us and ready to defend at any cost. If we were not able to defend that our body was the church before, the change has come. We won’t tolerate it anymore, if you want to stay as a church no one should interfere against your will, we have done our part to share what was revealed. We will defend this kingdom that was given to us under the authority of the Almighty Father.
If Ignorance or hardheadedness is the cause of not accepting the kingdom the blame will be on our shoulder. We have to claim and declare the kingdom before it will be completely taken over by lies and deceitful acts. We should not follow the experience of the dying church before it is too late to realize that we can make the difference. And as the Spirit leads us, we should do the way differently. We should do it the way we want it done according to the will of the Father.
Our mission is to bring the government of God within our domain and strengthen the faith that surrounds it. Acknowledge the rulership of the King of kings who oversee our kingship, and now we are preparing the way to the coming of the Almighty Father. When all the methods and practices of our true relationships with the Father are put in place, then we are able to present ourselves blameless in the eyes of the Father.
It is time to wake up and without hesitation claim; our Being is the kingdom, and start a thorough examination of our domain and remove all doubts, confusions, and unrighteousness.
We should be ready and prepared, the saving grace is coming to end and our kingdom will soon be under scrutiny and the faithful kings will be lifted to higher pedestal until we receive full sanctification and the granting of our glorious body at a later time will be assured. The kingdom has been around and no one knows, the church has been replaced and many don’t get it. Now the time has come and it will be done precisely as planned by the Father.
Thank you, Father, for the joy you have given us, thank you for your patience in giving us more than enough time to turn to you. We ask for forgiveness for offending you. Father, we thank you for your breath, for sharing your wisdom and the joy of your love. We give you thanks and honor now and forever. Amen.