"When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courts?"
When the prevailing judge says, "Order in the court" it means everyone is to submit to his wishes, sit down and be quiet. When God who is the Supreme Judge says, "Order in the court" He means for His people to listen, to be still and to obey!
The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important entity in the world, and its presence is vital for the salvation of mankind. Without the existence of the body of Christ in the earth, man's outlook would be hopeless. God planted a seed 2000 years ago in the earth and that seed grew into a choice vine that reached into Heaven and the seed was Christ!
Today the church exists because it has been passed down through the ages by a holy remnant of blood washed believers who have given their lives to preach the un-compromised word of the living God with all boldness and perseverance to a lost and sin-sick world. The message of salvation: the gospel of our Lord Jesus has withstood the test oftime because men chose to live their lives for Him who died for them!
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have died. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. I Corinthians 15:20-26
"Wash yourselves and make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes, cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:16,17
The problem with having something passed down through the ages is something always gets added to or subtracted from the original and in the case of God's church much has been taken away and added to. For instance the word itself has taken on a new meaning in that many today think church is a building to attend on Sundays and so now the building that is on nearly every corner is the house of God.
Everyone knows this but I don't think many really believe that God lives in the heart and soul of the born again believer. He does not reside in a building nor does He have a Senior Pastor lead His organization, a title that does not exist in the New Testament and the word pastor only appears twice. Another suchfallacy is the church of the living God is an organization to join, or to participate in, such as the local country club, but in fact most churches operate under this misguided belief!
Jesus came to build His ekklesia, a called out assembly of blood bought believers who did not love their lives, even unto death. When He came to His own the traditions of the elders passed down through the centuries had totally polluted His sanctuary and the leaders ignored His word and His rebukes even to putting Him on a cross! When He died and was resurrected He did away with the old priesthood and established the New Testament order, the organic living breathing expression of Himself in the earth clothed with flesh in the bodies of blood bought saints and anointed with Holy Spirit power.
How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your silver has become dross, your wine mixed with water. Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves; everyone loves bribes, and chases after rewards. They do not defend the fatherless, nor does the cause of the widow come before them. Isaiah 1:21-23
In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious; and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. Isaiah 4:2
I personally don't have much hope of the western church ever changing from a man-made organizational structure into an organic expression of Jesus because it has been ingrained for so long in their minds. It would be like turning a potted plant into a vineyard.
The old wine skins of tradition and doctrine have become too hard to receive new wine and must be thrown out completely in order to change. The only hope for God's people is to escape from man-centered religion and truly make Jesus their Lord and obey His commands and follow His lead! Christ is the Head of the church, He is also the Head of every born again Spirit filled man and the sons of God are led by the Holy Spirit, and not the hierarchy of selfish men.
Jesus explains in John 15 that He is the vine and we are the branches and we are to abide (live, and remain) in Him, in other words we are to receive life from Him and not man. Most today don't have any devotional time with God, no quiet time or prayer, no intersession or true worship: the adoration we have for the Father through Jesus Christ. There is also a lack of true biblical study and true discipleship. No relationship, just rote and ritual leading to a total shut down of the body causing spiritual paralysis.
Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; their glory and their multitude and their pomp, and the jubilant, shall descend into it. Isaiah 5:13,14
OPEN THE DOOR AND LET HIM IN!
"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
Contrary to popular belief the above mentioned scripture is not referring to salvation, Jesus is speaking to the church of Laodicea asking to be let in. Sadly, many will not let the Head of the church into their cozy little folds because He would disrupt and ruin their lukewarm services.
It would be impossible to be comfortable and laid back with Jesus running the show, demons would be cast out, sick people healed, the dead raised and the un-compromised gospel would be preached bringing conviction and repentance to the cold hearted. There would be a new order of service in your bulletins: 24/7, no more sermonettes from 11-12, and the new Senior Pastor would probably sell your comfortable sanctuary and give the proceeds to the poor!
Brother where do you attend service? Anywhere Jesus is, is where we meet: in the streets, the parks, hospitals and the beer joints. We don't invite people anymore we give them an opportunity to receive the gospel, repent and become born again. Who belongs to your church? Oh, its not our church any more since we invited the Son of God to come in, its His church now. Most of our members are ex-drug addicts, whores and ex-offenders coming out of prison.
You will have to admit that what we have today compared to the way Jesus did church is is at best, a dead and lifeless structure of man-made religious works and programs that are totally incapable of meeting the needs of a lost and dying world that desperately need a Savior! In order for the glorious church of the Firstborn to come into being, men must die! No more delusions of grandeur, no more selfish ambition, and no more ownership of God's people, only sold out blood washed saints spreading the message of grace throughout the world!
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly (festal gathering) and church of the firstborn who are registered in Heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24