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The Church
By Pastor Allen
Sep 12, 2012 - 1:33:16 PM

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In today’s society due to erroneous religious teachings and beliefs, when one hears the word CHURCH, one of the very first things that come to mind is that of a building, an edifice or some sort of structure. Notwithstanding that when Yahshua Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) made mention of church (Matt.16:18) by no means was He referring to an edifice or some building structure.

In the Greek the word Church is: Ekklesia, Ek-klay-see'-ah; which means (1) a calling out / a popular meeting, (2) congregation, (3) a community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both.
Today’s distorted religious view / concept of the church have literally given a real bad name to the true concept and meaning of church. As religious leaders both far and wide have constructed edifices various sizes and shapes of which they call “The Church” these churches are normally identified by the builders name or a point / place of reference in the bible.

Have you ever asked someone the question “What church do you attend?” And have them answer “I go to Bishop Do Dad’s church or Prophet Run Run’s church”
This form of church that has been birth by religion and its leaders is often fill with much division and strife; To the point that at times physical altercation and legal proceedings takes place for its ownership. This type of church is of flesh and blood, and is often ran / operated in most cases, liken to that of a family business; where the proprietor hands the business / church down or over to his / her ( son, daughter, etc;).

Think it not strange that in various communities one can find at least three to five different religious / denominational powerless churches; whereas in these same communities there are also other edifices (Web-Shops, Night Clubs / Bars, Drug-Houses, etc;) that are making more impact than the religious churches.  When the enemy / Satan and his kingdom of darkness; the gates of hell wreaks havoc in any community (murders, other criminal activities and gross social ills, etc;) where there’s a church or a few churches then the only logical question one can ask is “Are these churches really & truly of God or the religious leaders?)    
The church as we see and know it today really doesn’t reflect the true church of the Messiah; but rather that of a powerless, organized religious institution where various religious rituals and social events are held.  The church today is that place where most people go to make business contacts and deals; just about any and everything is sold in the religious church (The man-of-God books, cd’s, tapes, chicken dinners, concert tickets, cars, etc;).

If the Messiah were to walk in many of the churches today He would do and say the same as He did and said in “Matt.21:12.  And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

:13.  And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
Based upon the revelation given to Peter by the Father in heaven concerning his Son (Matt.16:16); here’s what the Messiah said “Matt.16” 18.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it). 

Again, here’s what Yahshua Messiah said to his church “Matt.5: 14.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”

The true church / ekklesia (community of believers of Yahshua Messiah) is one that’s called of and empowered by God / Yahweh through his Spirit to impact the community or area wherewith it exist for the kingdom of God.
This church / body of believers is (not a religion organization), but rather an alive organism that can begin with two or three believers gathering in His name to further advance the kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven.  In this body of believers burdens are removed and yokes are destroyed through the power of the Holy Spirit; in this body the manifestation of the fivefold ministry and its operation / proper functioning can be found to the honor and glory of God; and not that of any man or religious denomination.

An example of the church operating as being led by the Holy Spirit is clearly laid out in the book of Acts by the early church.

Acts.2: 42.  And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

:43.  And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

:44.  And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

:45.  And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

:46.  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

:47.  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Acts.4: 32.  And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.

:33.  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

:34.  Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,

:35.  And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

:36.  And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
:37.  Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Today’s Religious Church, a Cash-COW for The Religious Leaders who have perfected the art of twisting the word of God and manipulating the people into giving of their finances or as it’s often called “Sowing into the life of your Mand-of-God”  meanwhile lack and poverty remains at an all time high among the faithful followers.
What church are you apart of?   The Organism / alive church of Yahshua Messiah or The Organized Religious church of the Bishop or Religious Organization?
For questions or comments contact us via E-mails:pastormallen@yahoo.com or kmfci@live.com or Ph.242-441-2023
Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen
Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int’l

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