I thought that if church structure, which is God’s house, does not matter, then neither does our house structure. We could just build houses like the bigfoot does (except for snapping the 6-inch branches without a saw), and it would be a lot cheaper at any rate. Why don’t we do that? We don’t normally build ourselves houses like the Sasquatch shelter for one very good reason. It would not be very functional for our needs. That is very obvious.
My question is, does church structure matter? Apparently, what is not so obvious for most church builders and leaders is that the same reasoning can be applied to church structure. While these same people would never consider building their house structure as a bigfoot would, they have built God’s house any way they have pleased. They have almost totally disregarded the prescribed pattern in the New Testament, let alone God’s pattern contained in Ezekiel’s temple. Tradition, no matter how much in error it is, has become the standard for church structure rather than the Bible. Let's just consider one New Testament passage for an example:
“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. If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret. But if there is no interpreter, let him keep silent in church, and let him speak to himself and to God. Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. But if anything is revealed to another who sits by, let the first keep silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets” (1 Cor. 14:26-32 NKJV).
I have never seen church structure like this in any of the churches I have attended over the years. If church leaders cannot even implement the above instructions, there is no reason to go any further in starting a church, unless, of course , it is for personal gain. This is a main passage on church form and structure that is almost totally ignored in the honor of the golden calf of tradition.
When I first began to read the New Testament and attend churches, I was very confused that what I was seeing in churches did not line up with what I was reading in the New Testament concerning church structure. A strange thing began to happen to me after a while - the same thing that happens to everyone else. As I began to sit in churches absorbing the way they did things, I slowly began to accept it as the way things are done; and I began to ignore what the Bible says about church structure. I threw away reason and became an accepting robot like all the other robots and sat in the pew watching the one-man-show and kept my mouth shut because this is the way things are done.
Fortunately for me, by God’s grace, I began to get far more hungry for the Word of God than the few little crumbs of basic teachings I was getting from the traditional sacred sermon, by which one man is supposed to feed everyone in the congregation for a full week. It didn’t take that long before what I was teaching myself surpassed any “sermon” pablum I was getting in a pew. I began to realize if I stayed under the cloud of traditional church systems, my spiritual growth would be greatly stunted. While many churches can bring a person to the initial Passover level of salvation, most were incapable of bringing a person through Pentecost, and then on to Tabernacles and to maturity. I also began to see that most people in traditional churches were not going to be anywhere near ready for all the things that were going to happen in the end-times. Correct church structure is essential for bringing people to maturity.
Maybe you are having a difficult time connecting church structure with maturity. After all, this may be the first time you have ever heard anyone associate the two things together. Let me help you make that important connection. Think of the womb you spent nine months in before you were developed enough to be birthed. What if the structure of that womb was so deformed that almost nothing could function as it was supposed to? Could your embryo mature in such an environment? Not likely. You probably never would have been born. Now can you see how functional structure is important to maturing? The church is associated with a mother in the Bible (Gal.4).
As I studied more and more, I began to see what everyone called church was really a spiritual Babylon. The moral standards of most churches were certainly the standards of Babylon and not the Bible. However, most people just accept the status quo because that is what everyone else is doing. It’s that robot mentality. I had to flee Babylon with my wife and son. I didn’t want my son growing up thinking this is what a church should be like when it resembled almost nothing from the New Testament. I instead chose to teach him straight from the Bible. Today, I am glad I did because now that he is a young man, he is following the standards of the Bible instead of the churches which are little different than the world.
In 2 Sam. 6, David wanted to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. They put the ark on a cart with oxen and had a big celebration parade. However, at some point the ark began to tip, and Uzzah put out his hand to steady it and touched the ark. He was instantly struck dead by God. The Lord was making a point that when dealing with His Holy possessions, it cannot be done by man’s ways but only by God’s prescribed ways. David sought the Word and learned they had done it wrong. The next time he brought the ark up according to God’s way. This should teach church leaders a serious lesson about how particular God is concerning doing things according to His Word.
If you are a pastor and know the Word of God well, as you should, then you already know you are not doing things according to God’s prescribed ways. That is willful disobedience. If you are a pastor and don’t know any better, then you are not qualified for your position. Either way, you will have a day of accountability at the judgment seat of Christ. You have the power to repent, change procedures, and do them right like David did. God does not like it when man touches His Holy things any way they please.
The next time you are in a church, look around because you are basically in a Sasquatch shelter. Oh, it may have padded pews, stained-glass windows, plush carpet, and a beautiful stage; but as far as functional structure, it is little more than a bigfoot bungalow. The scariest thing is that any church not built according to the pattern of the New Testament (and Ezekiel’s temple) is not capable of bringing anyone to maturity. You need to know that. I have only cited one New Testament passage as an example out of many that could be listed. To learn what church structure should be like, see my book The Church Pattern: Ezekiel’s Temple.