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Compare Early Church With Today Church

By Edited Jun 13, 2016 0 0

More churches were founded based on egos and rebellions than we realize, especially the institutional, denominational churches. If they really followed the Bible, the congregations would meet when they can in their neighborhoods and simply practice what the Bible teaches them.

This is not what happens in most cases. In fact, many denominations invent their own doctrines, reading things into the Bible that do not belong there. Some denominations deny, or downplay the miracles and supernatural events in the Bible, and resist believing that the same things can and should happen in churches today. Some actually do away with almost every obvious and practical teaching of the Bible, and substitute the holy book with biblical jargon, over-spiritualized messages, and feel good teachings.

What is a church? Two or more people who believe in the Bible and practice what it says and have fellowship with each other are essentially a church. Church is an organic entity that consists of biblical Christians. The early church didn't follow the human hierarchy like today's churches do, in which you have humans ordain humans based on human credentials and popularity. Instead, they chose their leaders based on what the Holy Spirit instructed (Acts 1:23-26; Acts 6:3-4; Acts 12:2-3)

How do you know what the Holy Spirit thinks? You know if you are true sheep of Jesus (John 7:16-19; John 10:16-27). Rebellious/immature Christians often comment on how hard and impossible it is to know God's will, but it is actually God's will for us to know His will (Ephesians 5:17). To say otherwise is like saying "harsh things against God" (Malachi 3:13).

They say they don't know what God's will is, so they hire pastors, and church leaders who have studied in a seminary, and make them their leaders. They can fire the pastors and leaders if they want to. It is easy to do. A few strong-willed church members are enough to get a pastor kicked out, for reasons such as speaking the unfavorable truth.

In the early church, there was no such system in place for people to take advantage of. The early Christians met at homes, and followed the true leaders who were called by God. They performed faith healing and miracles. This was what Apostle Paul described as "for the kingdom of God [is] not in word, but in power." (1 Corinthians 4:20) Hypocrites and fake Christians couldn't perform true healings and miracles, so by the fruits and outward signs, the early Christians knew whom not to follow.

Unfortunately, today churches are filled with powerless leaders who can only speak the words. They can talk the talk. They talk about psychology, economy, health, science, philosophy, and a list of anything--anything but doing what Jesus Christ commanded them to do, which was to "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature... And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:15-18)

If you want to know what the Bible really teaches, and appreciate how easy it is to know God's will in many important areas of life, just study the Bible, and listen to what it says without false teachers clouding your judgment.

This article really brings up a difficult situation in today's churches. There are a lot of deceptions that cover the truth of God's word. Many have the form of godliness, but deny its power.

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