Paul talked about the “simplicity of the gospel”. How, in the kaleidoscope of everybody’s ideas on “The Church”, is it simple anymore? What IS the simplicity of the Gospel? I know some will say it is “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”, but why then such elaborate ideas about ritual, Church structure and the Eucharist/Lord’s Table?
When Jesus met the woman at the well, she told him:
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:22-24 Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Much to-do is made over intellectually proofing what we ought to believe and how we ought to worship. But God does not make His home in our intellect. He makes His home in our hearts. This will probably get into the corporate vs. individual aspects.
I ask all this because I wish to see outside of my own bubble. I think we all look at things from a bubble. I left all organized churches some time ago, and so far it has been the most deeply transforming lifestyle–a natural and organic way of knowing God and being in some measure of unity with a greater part of His Body. The best part of it is that real fellowship is part of everyday life as opposed to an hour and a half on Sundays.
That does not mean there are never problems in this walk, though. It does take a lot out of me at times, but it spoils me in other ways as I don’t have to put up with infighting. So I am interested in hearing thoughtful and reflective ideas others have on the topic with a view to how we can achieve unity in Christ and still be faithful to His revealed truth.