The House of God or a slaughterhouse?

Temples and houses of prayer are very important assets of religious groups. Here, they conducting their masses, holy convocations and other religious observance. Some religions regarded their temples with great reverence that it seems they were at the very door of heaven. Wearing the best attires that they have, they will enter the door of the temple in barefoot. From that time, no more noise should be heard from all corners except voices of prayers and praises.

Building of temples or sanctuaries of worship is an old practice in religion, but in the Bible, the first instruction of building a house of worship was given to Moses during the exodus.  As a dwelling place of God’s glory in the midst of His children, Israelites  erected a sanctuary based upon the plan directed by God to Moses. When the Israelites grew into a great kingdom, the sanctuary was  improved into a magnificent  structure with impressive vessels and utensils made from precious stones of the kingdom. This old practice became the basis for the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) to build great temples and house of prayers all over the Philippines and abroad. The Iglesia Ni Cristo is one of the most powerful religious organizations in our country along with the Catholic Church and the Charismatic El Shaddai Movement. They believe that the Spirit of God dwells in their houses of worship, like what depicted below.
But what if the temple that they regarded with great reverence become a place for their crimes and fanaticism, can we  still say that these temples are truly where the Spirit of God dwells?

 

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Its true that edifices are important things for the Church. This is where the children of God gather to worship the Creator of heaven and earth, and give glory to Him who gave His begotten Son for us to be saved. But a structure, no matter how expensive and magnificent it is, the Spirit of God does not dwell in this building.  The Old Covenant was passed and its temple was already destroyed and became nonsense. When Christ died on the cross, the gospel reported;

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (Matthew 27:51)

The use of temple as the dwelling place of God had passed. The instruction about the sanctuary that the Israelite should build is only a shadow of a more glorious temple which God pitched, not by the hand of man, for the new and better covenant. This is the temple where the High Priest of the Church minister for the sake of His people.

Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man. (Hebrews 8:1,2)

God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people of love God and keep His commandments. “Where two ore three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt.18:20) Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church. Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus presides there, let it be in the desolate part of the earth, in the wilderness, or in the city enclosed in by prison walls.

 

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2 comments on “The House of God or a slaughterhouse?

  1. Mawalang galang lang po, isa akong INC at gusto ko lang pong sabihin na hindi naman ho siguro tamang sabihin niyo na na napakaraming kasinungalingan ang nagaganap sa loob ng aming Iglesia dahil lamang sa bagay na ito. Hindi pa ho ako pinapanganak nung naganap ito, pero kung totoo man ito [at sa tingin ko ay totoo nga], NASISIGURO kong kaming mga natitira ay hindi kagaya nila. Oo, nakapatay sila, pero dahil lang ba sa mga mamamatay-tao na yan ay gagawin niyo na yang motibo para iview kami this way in general? Matapos ang insidenteng yan, kinulong ho sila hindi ba? Alam namin ang tama at mali, sila nabulag sila sa kapangyarihan ng dyablo.At hindi namin sila papanigan sa bagay na iyan dahil alam naming imoral ang ginawa nila. Ni ang mahuli nga lang na maglasing o magsugal ang isang kapatid na INC ay hindi na naminpinapayagan na magpatuloy pang sumamba at maging kaanib pa ng aming Iglesia, iyan pa kaya na pumatay sila? Kung ano man ho ang relihiyon ninyo, hindi namin kayo pinapakialaman. Sana ho respetuhin niyo din kami. Sige ho, dustahin niyo silang mga pumatay pero sana kaming mga namumuhay na naaayon sa kagustuhan ng Diyos ay huwag na ninyo pang idamay. Walang kinalaman ang pagkaIGLESIA ng mga mamamatay-tao na iyan sa mga nagawa nila. Ginamit lang nila ang kapilya bilang pook-patayan. Hindi porke nagkasala sila ay ganoon na din kami. Salamat po ng marami sa pakikinig ninyo. Hindi ho ako naghahanap ng away. Nasaktan lamang ho ako sa mga sinabi ninyo na pagtingin ninyo sa aming mga INC.

    • I really appreciate the time you spent in reading my post. However, you must give me a good reason for your comment. Tell me what commandment in the words of God I transgressed by posting this article?

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