I had such an experience lately from an old pastor friend of mine. I urged him to read an article called, 'What a Normal Church Looks Like' written by Terry Stanley of my linked blog site, Home Church Help. My pastor friend apparently took exception to my suggestion and shot a rather 'curt' message back. After he signed-off he left me with two Bible references. The first was 2 Timothy 4:1-4, The other was, Acts 20:29-30. I'll ask that you open your Bible to read them to save time. In a nutshell, both references suggests that because I adhere to and instruct others on Christ's simple design for Christ's true ekklesia, I must be, 'a wolf with itching ears, not enduring sound doctrine who teaches fables.' This is what I mean about calling 'Good,' evil.
In case you haven't drawn any parallels between the description of the lemmings and ourselves, who are (or have been) in the circle of 'Church,' I think it might be worth our while that we play closer attention as to where we are headed. Hebrews 5:11-14 reads, "Of whom (Jesus) we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that uses milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Are we headed for the ledge, or are we safe? My friend seems reactionary, and in this instance at least, has not shown himself to be full of age or to be able to discern between good and evil. He's just like the lemming who thinks he's smart. I am afraid for him and those he is leading.
'Church' is an illusion. It is a superstructure, which is entertainment-driven and funded by your tithing dollars. My friend pastors a small 'Church,' which is funded by a Mega-'Church' many States away. He doesn't derive his living by working with his hands. It is a hand-out. He gladly accepts the money from the Mega-'Church' and whatever tithes he can scrape-up from his local congregation. Unfortunately, this is the way of the world.
Jesus' church is a home away from home. It is not of this world. It is the kingdom of God manifested in a local community of believers who share all things in common and are in one accord free of charge! I Promise you; they exist because Jesus taught that, "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." His ekklesia has been around since He started it, and it isn't going away. His concept is 'Good,' but it is being spoken of as an 'Evil' by well meaning men behind of the pulpits around the world today.Why? Because it threatens their 'Comfort Zones.' Beware, lest we fall over the edge and crash into the waves below, denying Christ's design for His local, physical assemblies.