Yes, yes, yes. It is tough for those of us (like I) who grew up in our faith in church, raised our kids in church, loved all the "stuff" at church, learned much from pastors and Sunday School teachers, and enjoyed the worship and "fellowship" of church (choirs and potlucks and prayer meetings) -- hard for us to admit how much our organization of our religion has gotten so very, very wrong after so long on the slippery slope. It has been fascinating to see what happens to our thinking (and worship) during the corona virus shut down of churches who have based their beliefs on salaries and buildings. We have forgotten not only how the early church functioned but also the fact that Jesus and the apostles all had JOBS for money, and served others and preached the gospel (with lots of education behind them as well as experience) despite having to work, usually at menial jobs, like everyone else. In fact Paul at one point has to beg people to give him a little bit of charity so he can continue his missions. It really does come down to "we can't serve God and manna" and "pride goes before a fall" and the kingdom is for the "least and the last" of us not the first and well know Pharisees and Sadduccees amongst us. And we can't continue to make our corporate body of Christ a corporation based on capitalistic models. Thank you for this factual account (and accounting). There are interestingly examples of how to do this worship and gathering thing better but they are often in what many consider "cults", like Jehovah Witnesses and the Amish. Of course, The Way of the early apostles was considered a "little-Christ" cult, so.... go figure. I am glad you have a house church that functions as Christ's church is meant to. Shalom and thanks again for bravery in shedding light and may you continue to have love and joy in your journey. Jane

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