"I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." John 10:9
If you have ever been a member of a church in America or just about any place in the world for that matter you have seen many come in, stay awhile and then leave through the revolving door of the man-made church. It's man-made because it revolves around man and not the Lord Jesus Christ!
You don't see revolving doors much anymore, but there is one here in Ft. Worth at a local hospital and I hate that thing! It revolves on its own and you have to time your entry and step in with half a dozen others so as to not be crushed. The Lord gave me the idea of the revolving door and how it relates to the church as I watched a local pastor of a large church preaching on Sunday. All the chairs are in a semi circle around the man who is speaking and even though his message was good, it still revolves around him.
This is the point I am trying to make, the divine design of God's assembly of believers is in no way like what we have seen erected in the last several hundred years by man, from Constantine's church of the State, down to today's Laodecean lukewarm assembly of weekend warriors. Lets face it, today's church has become a spectator sport that revolves around a man who when you suck all the spiritual life out of him, you leave and go to the next superstar preacher down the street who will feed you!
"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth." Revelation 3:16
RICH AND IN NEED OF NOTHING
"Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and in need of nothing,' and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked." Revelation 3:17
Billions are spent on comfort, building "Crystal Cathedrals" of complacency for the rich to luxuriate in and to revel in their accomplishments and yet the poor and destitute are not allowed to sleep in their buildings. "Why, they might steal something!" I could go on and on but I wont, because if you have any discernment at all you know that what we call church today is wrong!
The glorious church of Jesus Christ is a Person, made up of born again Spirit filled followers who are the representation of Him in the earth, ambassadors to a lost world, we are commissioned to do what He did when He began His ministry. Jesus said that we would do even greater miracles than He did, but the modern day church, most of whom are lost don't have a clue because they haven't received the love of the truth so as to be saved!
First of all the church is to be planted by apostles who have the blueprint or "Divine design" of the supernatural building and then the other gifted members of the five-fold ministry are to train the body for the work of service. No where in scripture does it have a pastor start a church and preach to a congregation in a building once a week and most of what we have today in our services came out of paganism.
How is it then brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. I Corinthians 14:26
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me." Revelation 3:20
Lest face it, they will never open the door and let Jesus in! After all He would ruin our orderly timed services meant to allow us to get out on time to watch the football game. Contrary to popular belief this is not a salvation scripture, Jesus is knocking on the door of His church! Can you imagine what He would do or say in most of our churches?
If you are born again, you are a member of His supernatural body and you have a part in the healthy operation and commission to go and do what He has called you to do. Believers are never supposed to be obscure spectators hidden in a pew and forgotten by the Holy Spirit, we are His body, His assembly of saints called and anointed to change the world by preaching the gospel to the poor, casting out demons, raising the dead and healing the sick!
As I said before, "Church is not a place to go, it is a Person to be!" The Person of the Lord Jesus Christ: Savior, Deliverer and Lord of all, Who sent us into the earth to be stewards of the mysteries of the kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven!
"To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as also I overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." Revelation 3:21,22
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin