Cyberchurch, or online Christian fellowship, has all the drawbacks of any other form of church. I won’t repeat the rationale I gave in yesterday’s post about house churches, but I will build upon it.
The central problem is trying to be a church, as if that was something God wanted in this age. This is the age of the kingdom of God, and church is no more necessary than is Solomon’s temple, Moses’ tabernacle, or Noah’s ark. Those were all preliminary structures built with human hands. The kingdom of God is entirely of His spirit and we simply submit to it – we don’t have to build it or maintain it.
There is, of course, nothing wrong with communicating with others about Jesus – whether online or in person. In fact, it’s a wonderful thing! Would that all human beings acknowledged Jesus in every conversation. Trouble begins, however, when we seek to affiliate with others, identify with a group or a leader – in other words, when we try to be a church or a religion. This trouble stems from the act of separating ourselves and creating some kind of group identity. Such factions put walls between ourselves and our fellow human beings. This does not advance God’s kingdom.
Organized religion never advances God’s kingdom. It only advances some human agenda. And it’s the organizing that is the root of the problem. If you’re trying to organize God’s people, know that you’re off track. He used human help under the old covenant in Israel and the church. But under the new covenant (that is, the kingdom of God) He has no need of human help to organize His people.
There is one human race, and one God and Father over it all: Jesus Christ our Lord. To Him – and Him alone – be the allegiance!
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.