BIBLE TRUTH: God does NOT live in temples (houses) made by hands (men) (Isaiah 66:1-2, Acts 7:48, Acts 17:24, Matthew 23:38).
BUT! Come worship God in our man-made temple every Sunday morning!
BIBLE TRUTH: We are temples (houses) of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19, 1 Peter 2:5, Ephesians 2:22).
BUT! Our church building is the house of God!
BIBLE TRUTH: We are Sons of God (John 1:12-13, Romans 8:14, Galatians 3:26, 1 John 3:1, Revelation 1:7) and the Sons are FREE (Matthew 17:26) from paying taxes to build and maintain a man-made temple (Matthew 17:24-25).
BUT! Give to our church building and maintenance fund through your tithes and offerings!
BIBLE TRUTH: Jesus is our high priest (Hebrews 4:14, 1 Timothy 2:5) and we are priests before God in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 2:5 and :9, Revelation 1:6).
BUT! Our pastor is the priest! We are the laity.
BIBLE TRUTH: But as for you, Christ has poured out his Spirit on you. As long as his Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you. For his Spirit teaches you about everything, and what he teaches is true, not false. Obey the Spirit’s teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ (1 John 2:27).
BUT! Our pastor teaches us!
BIBLE TRUTH: Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
BUT! You are robbing God of the tithe, which is compulsory under the Law of Moses (Leviticus 27:30-32).
BIBLE TRUTH: God ordained and gave the tithe to the Levites as their inheritance (Numbers 18:21, Hebrews 7:5).
BUT! Bring tithes to the pastor, who wears Levi’s®. 😕
BIBLE TRUTH: Jesus said “Freely ye have received, freely give” (Matthew 10:8) and told those he sent out (the 12 and later the 70) to take no money (Mark 6:8). The only “payment” they earned was a place to stay while in that town (Luke 9:4) and the food their hosts served to them (Matthew 10:10, Luke 10:7). Peter had no money (Acts 3:6). Paul preached the gospel free of charge (1 Corinthians 9:18, 2 Thessalonians 3:8) and mended tents to earn the money he needed (Acts 18:1-3). Paul exhorted others to imitate him (1 Corinthians 4:16, Philippians 3:17, 2 Thessalonians 3:7, :9, Hebrews 13:7).
BUT! Our pastor requires a salary, health insurance and an expense account.
BIBLE TRUTH: Jesus said: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24). Paul said “… present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).
BUT! Our church holds “worship services” for an hour every Sunday morning.
BIBLE TRUTH: The Church met in homes (Act 1:13) of believers (Acts 2:46, Romans 16:5 and 16:23, 1 Corinthians 16:19, Colossians 4:15, Philemon 1:2) and sold off their excess to meet every brother’s need (Acts 2:45, Acts 4:34-35).
BUT! Give generously to our building fund! Need assistance? There’s the community food bank, food stamps and the welfare office to meet your need.
BIBLE TRUTH: Scripture establishes the assembly of the brethren (Hebrews 10:25), the Church, which is the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:24). Scripture sets forth the functioning and purpose of the assembly, which is to teach, admonish and encourage one another by singing together (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16), and for EVERYONE who is spiritually gifted (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Romans 12:6-8) the freedom to speak in tongues, interpret, prophesy, share doctrines and teachings, discerning all, together, to the extent of their faith as a working and lively participative assembly (1 Corinthians 14:26, :39, Romans 12:6, 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21).
BUT! We have surrendered our authority and inheritance, paid for by the precious blood of Jesus, to our pastor who leads us in Christian liturgy.
CLAIMED! The Bible is the sole basis for our faith, doctrine, covenant and conduct (often declared in a churches Constitution and Bylaws document).
BUT! We are a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) formed according to the laws of the state. We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization according to Federal law and Internal Revenue Service regulations. We elect our leaders by democratic vote and hold annual
shareholder congregational meetings. Accordingly, through our Church Constitution and Bylaws, we have surrendered Lordship of the Church of Jesus Christ, its assets, holdings and members, to State and Federal government. Oh, and by the way, our pastor and elders are tasked with the responsibility to confront and discipline members who sin. 😮