God’s House and Church Building Idolatry

Church Building IdolatryBefore we can see the next move of God we will have to surrender our Idols. Most Christians in the 21st century say they understand the word of God but with their mouth the defile His House on a daily basis. The main problem is that we have been doing it for so long that is has now become a part of our regular speech. So with the same mouth that we worship Him, we also celebrate our prideful idols. Nowhere can this be better illustrated than with the carnal Christians demonic fascination today with church buildings. This is what the Lord says; Acts 17:24 God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. NKJV What breaks my heart the most is that mature leaders perpetuate the idolatrous ignorance. Have you ever heard things like?

Church Building Idolatry

1. I am going to church– Really…YOU are the church- you mean you are going to a building!

2. His presence is in this place- Not unless you or another Christian spent the night there last night!

3. The pulpit is a sacred thing – No, at best it’s a piece of wood or Plexiglas I had a call from one of my spiritual daughters today telling me one of the young ministers she is discipling was taught that he could not get near the pulpit in his “home church”. How “good” do you have to be to draw near to wood?

4. Come to front of the Altar– No it’s the front area of a building- no more Glory there than in the bathrooms unless you are in it.

5. The Podium is the Holy of Holies only ordained clergy can sit up there. Well first you have to explain to God when you see Him what an ordained clergy is because in the New Testament there is no such thing. All really born again Christians are ministers and there is no hierarchy in God.

I will never forget one of the mature deaconesses in our congregation who came from a very legalistic Hispanic church culture taping this verse below to the entrance. Needless to say it never had the intended effect!

Hab 2:20 “The Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silence before Him. NKJV

6. Finally, the most popular has to be calling the building where we meet God’s House. The Bible says;

1 Cor 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

1 Cor 3:17 For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

1 Cor 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,

2 Cor 6:16 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them.

I know I can hear you already, “I know these things, I say them but God knows my heart I am not trying to be Idolatrous. It’s just the way we talk today.” When we ascribe spiritual attributes to concrete, wood and steel we are profaning that which is the Real Thing. Also, this type of talk continues to perpetuate the life of the on and off Christian. We help them live the life of hypocrites in the building and act like something else when they are away. God is building a building. It’s called His church. We are the church that He is building. He is the chief cornerstone and all the divided ones will have to align to Him. He is not going to align with them. When God speaks of unity of His Body he is not only talking about how those in your particular congregation get along but He sees His One Church. That means no names, no denominations, no buildings and no little kingdoms. Please don’t offend the Lord by telling Him where your church membership is at. He will not know what you are talking about!

Eph 2:19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Eph 3:17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;

It is human nature to want to see something but what is the difference between any other religion that puts food before their Gods to appease him and what we do Sunday after Sunday. Does God need a service or a (Culto) in Spanish? Did His Son not say it is finished? Is your God an idol that needs you to light a candle? Or maybe He needs our performance to treat us nice the rest of the week? Don’t we stand before Him righteous because of what Christ did or do we need to add something to His Son’s perfect sacrifice?

7. We are building this building to God’s Glory! So tell me preacher how does that mega-building bring Glory to our God? Isn’t that what you said when you were begging for the funds to build it? Why weren’t you honest and confessed to us that the only way we could attract the masses of shallow Christians in this generation was to build something they could be proud of (An Arrogant Spirit of Pride & Elitism) and with all the comforts of the modern world. God forbid we only give them folding chairs so we can send the other money to help struggling congregations overseas. We better get used to no buildings because I hear that for all Eternity there will be no need for fake sounds, fake lights, fake smoke, fake smells, fake costumes and generally the fake atmosphere. While we are here we better learn how to take His presence wherever our feet take us because when you shake Christianity free of all the rituals and the idols this is all that will remain.

Rev 21:22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. NKJV

For the Record China cries for us and so do the rest of the developing nations. American Christianity is today considered the lowest and most the unholy. It wasn’t always this way people! If it wasn’t for the money we can send overseas they simply would have no time for us. Let’s get with our Lord, repent of our wicked way and seek Him without all the Pomp and Circumstance.

Hear my heart please!

We don’t need another building. We don’t need another monument to our divisiveness, self-centeredness, greed and failure to work out our disagreements in love. We need to be One before a watching needy world.

church building idolatryI challenge you my brethren in Christ to be careful what you say and how you say it. We all want to see revival, reformation, transformation and/or a revolution in His Church but we will not accomplish this until every believer understands that Christ in us is the hope of Glory. Creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God not the construction of yet another building.

May the Holy Spirit rebuke us every time we say or do something religious and may we instead choose to be built up in Him!

2 Cor 3:3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Listen to me dear preacher. Having a building will not authenticate and affirm your ministry. Your calling and anointing will make a way for you! Do not succumb to the people’s whine and build another golden calf. God called you to bring the people back not to be moved by their fleshly wants. There is another way! It’s Gods way!

I do not judge you. I pray that as the Good Lord was patient with me He would also be with you. For those of you who know better, Remember! Every Word will be judged on the Day.

Jose Bosque

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jose_bosque Jose Bosque is Editor in Chief and founder of Viral Cast Media which oversees GodsLeader, JaxChristian now ViralChrist and 15 other websites. He has ministered in Jacksonville since 1987 and served the city since 1992 as a citywide servant leader. Jose is considered a resource and a spiritual father to many leaders in the city and in the 54 nations where the Lord has sent him to serve. Originally born in Cuba, Jose has resided in Jacksonville since 1966. Contact Him at: www.RevivalPartners.net or ForRevival@aol.com Editors Note: Please help us continue to get this word out for free- No amount is too small- Thanks for your generosity! DONATE CLICK HERE

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  1. Bendiciones Jose.

    Esta nota me parece que hace referencia, a mi publicación en facebook, haber si nos entendemos, yo tengo muy claro que “Dios no habita en templos hechos por mano de hombre”, Dios habita en los corazones de sus hijos.
    Mi publicación hacia referencia a un antiguo coro que se cantaba en las iglesias hace 20 años atrás, no es mi intención decir que Dios esta en un templo, o que su presencia esta en un edificio, ni mucho menos.
    Ademas la letra de ese coro es un salmo, se lo dejo a lo mejor en ingles no dice lo mismo pero en castellano si.
    Salmo 122:
    Yo me alegré con los que me decían:
    A la casa de Jehová iremos.
    Nuestros pies estuvieron
    Dentro de tus puertas, oh Jerusalén.
    Jerusalén, que se ha edificado
    Como una ciudad que está bien unida entre sí.
    Y allá subieron las tribus, las tribus de JAH,
    Conforme al testimonio dado a Israel,
    Para alabar el nombre de Jehová.
    Porque allá están las sillas del juicio,
    Los tronos de la casa de David.
    Pedid por la paz de Jerusalén;
    Sean prosperados los que te aman.
    Sea la paz dentro de tus muros,
    Y el descanso dentro de tus palacios.
    Por amor de mis hermanos y mis compañeros
    Diré yo: La paz sea contigo.
    Por amor a la casa de Jehová nuestro Dios
    Buscaré tu bien.

    Bendiciones Hermano, Jose.

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  2. Hallelu-YAH! If the shoe fits ….take it off and wear sandals instead ! JESUS did ! Praise GOD as always Confirmations pour in by the WORD and THE SPIRIT! We are truly set FREE IN CHRIST JESUS and we will not play by their games no more ! YAHWAY not their way! AMEN!

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