Why Are Some Church Buildings Empty And Unused?
If you travel around Europe, you will see hundreds of church buildings. Of course, the church is not a building, the church of Jesus Christ is the people. Some of these churches are well maintained and in good condition, while other locations are deteriorating. The common issue is people are not going to these old church buildings. Why? These churches are spiritually dead.
Some countries have mixed government into their church, taxed citizens for the tithes, and attempted to control the Kingdom of God. However, the Kingdom of God is not about old buildings, it’s about righteous, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit according to Romans 14:17.
God is all for beautiful art, architecture, and music. There’s a lot of beautiful things in Heaven. However, God’s biggest priority for His Church is His people. Jesus said, He would build His church, and the gates of Hades would not prevail against it in Matthew 16:17-18.
Whether there were any true Christians using these old buildings around the world or not, may depend on the location and situation, but we know God is not limited by any building. The modern church is not limited to a building with a bell, steeple, hymn books, pews, or any other item or tradition. In fact, modern churches have started in former pubs, warehouses, bowling alleys, music schools, living rooms, public schools and countless other places Jesus followers can gather together.
All things are possible to those who believe (Mark 9:23). Believers around the world can gather anywhere each week to build their faith through the preaching of the Word (Romans 10:17).
The church is not a building, the church is the people that love God with all their hearts, and love others as themselves [Luke 10:27 ] How do we know people love God? The answer is here.
Churches are not buildings, cathedrals, or community centers. The Church is God’s people. Are you God’s person? It’s time for a change.
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