Some Christians today are turning to house churches as an alternative to all the problems they see with the institutional church. These people will eventually learn that house churches are no solution to these problems. There are two reasons for this.
The first reason is that even house churches cannot get away from human hierarchy – a fundamental flaw of organized religion. Even without titles, there is almost always an unofficial “pope” in the house church. This authority structure – however discreet it might be – misses the whole point of the kingdom of God which is that through personal relationship with each human being, God rules. Human hierarchy is completely inconsistent with the kingdom of God. Jesus Christ wants direct contact with each one of us and He doesn’t need a group (church, large or small) to accomplish that.
The second reason is more subtle. It is that every time we seek to gather as a church, no matter how many trappings we try to leave off, we are still separating ourselves from the rest of humanity as “the people of God.” The truth is that all people are God’s people. We have no business trying to be holier than others.
Even identifying yourself as a Christian evokes an attitude that those who are not Christians are not Christ’s – which is just not true. Everyone is going to heaven because everyone belongs to God.
Therefore, a house church has all the fundamental flaws of the grandest cathedral. Do not think that diminishing the size of your church will diminish its problems.
Return to Jesus. He is the Savior and we stumbled only when we stopped following Him in order to follow church.
Bible notes on this post.
The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a group.