What is this Church?

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The Apostles established local congregations, but NOT Church buildings. Church Buildings did NOT exist for the first 350 years of Christianity. The Christians met in homes when they could and often in Forest clearings (Fields). (Later we will go into who began the practice) They could preach in the open until Christianity was outlawed. But persecution of Christians was very active and intense thanks to the Roman Emperors starting by the decade of the 60s A.D. and continuing almost unbroken until the year that Constantine suspended the practice in 312 A.D. with his Edict of Toleration.The Apostles did not establish a Church Hierarchy of local Congregations where one Church had jurisdiction over others. This did not take place until this practice was instituted by Constantine when he appointed Eusebius to set up his Imperial Roman Church of the East and the West.

Most Christians in Europe know these facts, not as a consequence of studying Eastern Orthodoxy, but as a result of studying the Roman Empire in-depth.

The idea therefore of a Corporation Church, establishing itself in a Fixed geographical location, with buildings, assets, censers (incense), altars, and statues or paintings is simply absurd. And scholars who study the origins of Christianity never make the claims to the contrary, the one exception being the Vatican. The Christians were constantly under threat, constantly on the run, and constantly in fear for their lives.


So the question is, What is this church?

Is it a building? Or is it the people?

Not one time in scripture is the church referred to as a building but the name of God’s people. The idea of going to church was developed later.


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6 responses to “What is this Church?

  • Pinky Toe

    I’m not sure what the point is here. There are lots of things we do today in society as a whole that wasn’t during that time. So, not to be sarcastic, are we supposed to continue to preach in the wilderness? I think the early church didn’t meet as often as people do today because of the distance it took to travel from place to place. If iron sharpens iron, then why I am not to be in fellowship with the bretheren on a regular basis? I mean, we go to work everyday so why not go to sharpen myself with not only the Word (because yes I can read it on my own at home) but with being in fellowship with the saints? I’m just saying.

    • Omar Carter

      Yea the point of this post is not to say we shouldnt fellowship. Also we do know from the book of Acts that the people fellowshipped FAR more than we do today. It wasnt just in the wilderness lol. The reason for this post is to show how Church changed over time into a whole different thing from the biblical origin. It went from an organism to a place. Thanks for your post.

    • Omar Carter

      I think its a post that should be taken collectively with my other post. They go together

  • Pinky Toe

    I don’t ask questions to be synical or critical just so you know. I ask because I really want to know the answers. Lol.

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