“Jesus replied, ‘And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God said, “Honour your father and mother” and “Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.”…
Wherever you have people, you’re always going to have problems. When you look in the Bible, we find that the early church was not exempt from problems. In Acts 15 we see that a problem arose in the early church that had to do with circumcision.
Imagine that you are living during the time of Christ and you witnessed his crucifixion. You realize he’s risen and you’re there on the day of Pentecost. All of a sudden you hear a great noise. Peter stands up and starts to preach. The more you listen, you realize this guy makes sense and then you come to realize you crucified the Son of God. Acts 2:37 says “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” You’re one of those that are asking that question. In the next verse we’re told “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” Verse 47 tells us “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” The question is, what church would you be in?
The house church movement or house church doctrine has been around for quite some time and I want to stress that it’s not an effort of a congregation just starting in someone’s home. It’s not that type of movement. It is also not something that a congregation says we need to start a congregation over here in this area and so they send some Christians out and they just start meeting in their home. That’s not the purpose of it.
The house church movement is individuals who have decided that the way that Christians meet now is too traditional. It’s not spiritual enough. It’s entrenched in too much orthodoxy. So what they have done is they split out and they cause division in the churches they are in and usually they just begin meeting in a home, not together. They try to keep it to a few number, maybe five to ten individuals is all they want.