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Luxurious Worship Palaces

Church in lightOur church buildings are very different from the Early Church's. We inhabit luxurious glazed and lavishly appointed worship palaces complete with air conditioning, plush carpets and marble. Large injections of resources and energies are required every year just to keep them going and to satisfy their congregations. The genuine body of Christ however is not fixed like a building but is a moving and breathing organism, a spiritual body. A church building may appear unchanging and inert but it is in fact growing and shifting with temperature, wind and other forces. The twelve hundred foot high C.N. Tower in Toronto is an example of this as it sways in the wind several feet from side to side as the concrete and steel stretches and contracts. All buildings expand, contract, and settle. Nothing is quite so immoveable as we imagine. The institutional church draws its power, devotion, and spiritual resources from the members of the spiritual body couched within her. The institutional church however is not the same as the spiritual body.✞

Churches Pass Away

Malcolm MuggeridgeChurches pass away, the Mystical Body only remains. The writer Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990 AD) wrote in "Conversion", "All those churches raised and maintained God's name, from the tiniest, weirdest conventicle to the great cathedrals rising so sublimely into the sky, they are for the dead, and must themselves die, are, indeed, dying fast. They belong to time, you to eternity."

"Spiritual Body Temple"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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