Paul's Passing Thoughts

Why a Massive Return to the First Century Home Fellowship Model is Inevitable

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on April 21, 2015

HF Potters House (2)Where there are true Christians, there is a love for the truth. Among true Christians, truth will prevail.

The problem with religious academia follows: it uses authority and caste to restrict free interpretation of the Bible and academic traditions fill the void. The first century church was fundamentally a laity movement. The apostles continually warned the saints against putting themselves under the authority of religious academia. Every Christian is sealed and indwelled by the mighty counselor, and as John wrote, “you have no need for anyone to teach you.”

John wasn’t excluding teachers as necessary helpers who have a valid gift, he was refuting the idea that the average Christian does not have direct, and plenary access to knowledge. The average Christian is charged with evaluating for themselves what they are being taught, and have been given the ability to do so. People are individually culpable before God.

In the institutional church, what we have is authority without representation. We are told what to believe, but these same academic authoritarians will not be representing us before God—there is only one representative, Christ. God told us to “hear ye Him.” The Hebrew writer stated that God has spoken to us in this last age by His Son—not religious experts.

In the final analysis, the big two that make up the institutional church, Protestantism and Catholicism, propagate a progressive justification and this is a matter of simple theological math. When true believers see the errant math coupled with the fruit, they will begin to look much closer at how “church” should be done.

Somehow, Westerners think of themselves as being above the kind of en masse cultural deception that we see in the East, but of course, this is a fallacy and denies the facts of history.

A massive return to home fellowships while rejecting all aspects of the institutional church is inevitable. The first century model reveals that a cooperative effort that aligns with ONE authority is possible when believers are truly born again and indwelled by the Holy Spirit. It’s a joint effort of one body under one head. It’s a priesthood of all believers, not believers under priesthood by proxy.

Institutions and their splendid temples convey authority, while true believers meet in homes because their very bodies are the temple of God. The very existence of purpose built institutional buildings denies the priesthood of believers—these buildings deny that the individual’s body is God’s temple. The same denies that true worship exists wherever that body functions and is not restricted by bricks and mortar or the dictates of mere men.

Christians will also recognize that you don’t need an institution to be organized. Institutions hinder the activation of organized gifts and sink monetary assets into useless infrastructure that only glorifies the authority of men. When the first century assembly of Christ turned the whole world upside down, what was the essence and location of their gargantuan institution? Where was the central headquarters, and how many seminaries did they have?

How will Protestantism survive this massive exodus that is already taking place? It’s presumption, but they will probably reunite with the Catholic Church which has always been honest about their salvation by institution from it’s very beginning. I believe this will lead to a very interesting political environment and perhaps a return to church states. It’s fairly obvious that the book of Revelation describes the mother of all church states operating in the latter days.

If the home fellowship movement then suffers a severe persecution at the hands of the institutional church, that would be history repeating itself in our day.


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