ON THE UNNECESSARY YOKE OF BUILDING PROJECTS ON CHRISTIANS
By Arthur Owiti. updated May 3, 2010
It is interesting that many people are clamoring for political freedom forgetting that there is real bondage taking place in the church.The church building funds or cathedrals are taking up a lot of the time for sound doctrine in the church.It is because of
such obligations, many pastors are preaching a diluted message ,politicians are owning churches and the real spiritual building is collapsing.
In one article on this issue , I wrote that the church building issue is a snare to many traps which well meaning Christians and Christian leaders have found themselves in .The emphasis of the physical is just a subtle form of Pharisee Christianity that glories in the flesh and the ordinances .
However the apostasy in the church today ha sled to many churches to return to Old Testament practices which include restoring the Levitical form of worship and this through physical buildings.
SLAVERY IN THE CHURCH/ SERFDOM IN THE NAME OF BUILDING GOD’S HOUSE
Here in Africa we are having a sorry state of affairs in this area.Because of Western Christianity’s emphasis on grandeur and gigantic buildings that show off glory and prestige , some African church leaders have copied and pasted the same craft.However these guys only copy and paste what brings money and not what is good.
For example there are quite a number of faceless Western Christian leaders who have “tents” – they do not live off the the flock they teach .This is also happening in Kenya especially with the turn of events that followed the economic recession.
Sadly they are a minority.No wonder many leaders here are not copying and pasting that good trait of Christian leadership which is biblical.
So the leaders become Kings in the church buildings or palaces where the serfs come and give money for many church projects in the name of giving to God.The worst is calling it tithe so that one will always feel that he is robber when he has not brought the tax required by God to his house.
WHAT IS HAPPENING ON THE GROUND.
Visiting some places in rural Africa , it is irony of ironies to see big half done buildings amidst a poor people.The congregants are struggling to pay for the bills that are required to finish the buildings.The Pastor labors to preach sermons that can draw money out of the pockets of the poor.It is a shame.
In one area they told me that because of the costs of building , the church members have been politely coerced to build the church with their little knowledge about building.Men and women in the village building the church which should have been built by seasoned builders.Yet they have given enough tithes and offerings …a case of double torture …Why oppress the congregants in this manner.
So not only is the church building demanding money,it is demanding their muscle.The question is which building are Christians supposed to build?
THE BODY OF TRUE CHRISTIANS IS THE TRUE BUILDING
These deceived Christians are building the wrong building..They are serfs with their own money supporting their serfdom.The true building is the fellowship of believers who take care of another both spiritually and physically.The materials we use is prayer the word of God and sharing with one another.Giving is out of liberty and not out of fear of robbing God neither out of legalistic requirements.
Sadly what we see today is buildings of stone where people do not share with one another spiritually but just always hear Deuteronomy 28 being preached for the coffers to be full to build an extension for the already big yet empty building.
This futile effort leaves the inner man undone .
This church building project is nothing but new slavery that bind the preacher to preach soothing messages to get money, that makes politicians new Constantines and denies the sheep the word of God which they need for spirpitual growth.
A SUMMARY OF THE TRAP OF CHURCH BUILDINGS:
> Object of Veneration or Worship ..It is an idol
> Falsely called the temple of God
> Object of Sentimentality when they catch fire and burn ..people cry and say God’s house is on fire.
>Shadow of the church the body of Christ the true temple of God …which one should we be focused on shadows or reality ?
> Store house of the tithe and offerings instead of going to the poor and widows or more money goes into other unnecessary affairs than the poor and widows
> The justification of the clergy laity system
In Christ Jesus,