During the Cultural Revolution in China, the small but growing church of Jesus the Christ faced many challenges. Small groups of believers met in strange places to avoid detection.
Some met in houses, barns, warehouses, even in small neighborhood stores. Extreme caution was the name of the game. Someone would whisper the name of a hymn, the handful of believers gathered would start silently mouthing the words while singing aloud in their minds!
Just think, even I could be a virtuoso singer in such a gathering! Singing hymns together without words or music, now that may surprise some of you.
How do you look at church? A building? A human organization? A 501c3? May I suggest a paradigm shift?
A church is a spiritual organism. How about a group of new creation humans that relates to Jesus in a spiritual manner. Spiritual is the key word here.
Church is not about buildings with crosses or steeples, $100,000 sound systems, $500,000 paved parking lots, chandeliers, and loud videos.
Church is a spiritual flow from a new creation human via the spirit of God to communion with Jesus the Christ. Did you know that can happen in a warehouse, or a prison cell in North Korea?
It happens under communism, fascism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and, believe it or not, it even happens under democracy – unless there is a football game on TV.
These are all simple examples given to help us understand that the church is a spiritual entity, neither a building nor a human organization.
This is probably the most common error in belief found among Christians. It is important that we realize that the church of Jesus Christ is basically and primarily spiritual. May the church flourish in every corner of the world!
Kim Wenzel is a local Open Doors USA ministry representative who speaks in churches and groups about praying for the persecuted church. For more information, persons interested may contact Wenzel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 918-919-1490. Hear more about the persecuted church at 6 p.m., every Saturday on KWXC 88.9 FM Christian talk radio.