Update: I decided to restore this post and just take my medicine. Have at me.
I am sure I’m going to regret this but I was asked again today by a very well-meaning friend why I don’t attend a church of my choice.
I have some questions that I’d like answered and some statements.
1. My understanding is that the professional priesthood/ministry/pastor/teacher job ended when the veil split in the sanctuary (Matthew 27:50,51) forever ending the separation of God from His people. Is this not true? Did not Paul himself continue his trade while establishing local churches and exhort Timothy to do the same? I have a major problem with multi-millionaire preachers or even those who live better than the most humble of their flock. I believe the closer New Testament example would be to keep your day job and practice your spiritual gift of preaching, teaching, prophecy whatever.
2. Show me in scripture where tithing is called for in the New Covenant. It’s not there. If you’re going to live by the law then live by all of the law. Shellfish anyone?
3. What are these ostentatious and overblown buildings for? My understanding is that the old temple in Jerusalem was destroyed and will not be rebuilt until Christ returns and the only other temple is our bodies.
4. I recognize the need to have communion with other believers. In Acts these meetings took place in homes. If too many people start showing up start another group.
Churches and Christian groups do a lot of good in the world. Don’t get me wrong.
I don’t tell anyone not to go and tithe and be on building committees and on and on. If you want to meet and pay some person a salary to talk to you then by all means do so. It’s none of my business.
I also have never been able to get one Christian “professional” to answer any of these questions without a lot of spiritualizing and obfuscation.
I’m not proselytizing anyone.
All of this actually kind of pushes me to the Catholic Church because if you’re going to buy into it you may as well buy into the original brand.
If you want to talk or convince me then please do. If you want to be mad please don’t.
It is not my intention to offend anyone or belittle anyone’s beliefs.
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