Biblical Churches

For centuries Christian congregations have focused much resources, (Christian man-hours in its various forms), upon church buildings.  But the New Testament never mentions the need for church buildings.  (It does not say that church buildings are wrong, either. It just neglects to mention them.)  Its as if church buildings were not on the list of New Testament priorities.  The New Testament does, however, describe Christians as meeting in their personal homes or in public places, (such as open fields, beach, or the temple courtyard - akin to a town square).

Some "Christians" not welcome

There are some people who say they are Christians who are not welcome for fellowship: 

1 Corinthians 5:9-13
I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat. 12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."
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"sexually immoral" (anyone involved in a unlawful sexual relationship) includes:

  • adulterers (sex with another while first spouse lives = marriage to another following divorce)
  • fornicators (sex without marriage)
    • incestuous (sex with family)
    • homosexual (sex with same gender)
    • bestiality (sex with animal)

"greedy" is anyone whose desire for material things motivates them to disobey the New Testament.

"idolater" is anyone who follows a god, philosophy, teaching, or system of thinking other than that of the New Testament.

"slanderer" is anyone who expresses lies about people or God.

"drunkard" is anyone who gets drunk on alcohol, or any other form of substance abuse.

"swindler" is anyone who makes agreements that he does not keep, does not pay what he owes, tells lies to pay less, take advantage, defraud, or manipulate others.

Women Silent in Church

Someone always suffers whenever New Testament instructions are deviated from. Many problems in church meetings are a direct result of allowing culture to seduce the Church into ignoring the following instructions regarding conduct within the mixed gender Christian learning environment:

1 Corinthians 14:33-40
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the congregations of the saints, 34 women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.  ["Disgraceful," as in "Telling dirty jokes from the pulpit is disgraceful."  One is better off not attending such a meeting per 1 Cor 11:17. They are not really having church according to 1 Cor 14:33-34] 36 Did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anybody thinks he is a prophet or spiritually gifted, let him acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord's command. 38 If anyone ignores this command, he himself will be ignored.  39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
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The above is often explained away saying, "That was just for that culture back then, to cater to their male-chauvinist times which have long since past."  To the contrary, the Corinthians' inclination was to allow women to speak in church, allowing women to teach the men and exercise authority over them, thus, the need for Christ's Apostle Paul to correct their error with this, "the Lord's command" (v. 37).  Again, if the Corinthians' cultural inclination was already to make their women keep silence in the church and prohibit them from teaching men or exercising authority over them, then there would have been no need for the Apostle Paul to give this correction to their practice.

1 Timothy 2:8-15
8 I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing. 9 I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God. 11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing — if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
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The Bible is silent about "Men's Ministry," as if men need to retreat to a private huddle to regain some self-esteem and identity again about manhood.  The verses above, in their contexts, show plainly enough that men alone have the right to participate in the Christian learning environment of mixed company.  Every Christian gathering of mixed company is by default a men's meeting, a meeting where men alone are allowed to participate verbally, with the women as silent auditors to any instruction.  The women who ignore this rule become corrupted in attitude, neglecting development of "the quiet person of the heart" (1 Peter 3:1-6).   To bring balance to this rule of silence, though, provison is mandated for older women teaching younger women as follows:

Titus 2:3-5
3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips, nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, 4 that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored.
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Mature women teaching immature women about women's issues, whether on an individual or group level is left open.