House Church Talk - Organism vs. Organization
bwood4d at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 28 03:40:13 EDT 2004
You wrote:"I have sadly seen organisms transition into organizations.
Usually it is because a "leader" has shown up to exploit and manage what God
has created. Or men seek to reproduce or expand what God has done with the
idea that it is possible to reverse engineer God's creation to learn his
Dear Sister, members in the body oif Christ who once functioned as healthy
body members may be conscripted or coerced to join and support an
organization, but that is NOT "an organizm transitioning itno an
organization"! A healthy oak tree that is growing and fruitful may be cut
down, sawn unto luimber and fashioned into a table for the board room of the
However, that change (from oak to Coke) can in no way be seen as a
transition from organizm to organization, any more than a corporate
boardroom table can be "reverse engineered" back into an oak tree!
You also wrote:"We do know that the Old Testament systems were designed by
God, and not by man, and each element had a divine purpose."
You are absolutely right here! Such things as a male priesthood of the tribe
of Levi, physical temple or tabernacle buildings which were the temple of
God, animal sacrifices, tithes and offerings to support that priesthood and
to maintain the temple buildings etc etc were all right and proper under the
old covenant system.
But once the veil was rent in two from the top to the bottom, the old
covenant was decayed, waxed old and ready to vanish away! (Heb.8:13) So
attempting to produce life with old, decayed and obsolete materials just
DOES NOT WORK! The new covenant which ia entirely dependent on God keeping
His promises to men rather than on men attempting to keep their promises to
God is a radically new "ball game"!
Notice the basis of the old covenant system in Ex.20:1-17 and 24:3.
Notice the radically different basis of the new covenant in Heb.8:8-12 and
II Cor 3.
Under the first, men said, "We will do it all!" But under the second, God
said, "I will do it all!"
The vast majority of "churches" (including many house churches!!) which
claim to be new testament churches follow principles of the old covenant
rather than those of the new! Just as it is an impossibility for an oak
tree to function as a corporate boardroom table, it is an absolute
impossibility for the body of Christ to function as a religious
Your brother in Christ,
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