To me, the church today is not about organisations nor even about believers in Christ (also known as ‘christians’). All of us make up the church, whether so-called “believers” or “non-believers”.
Ever since the old covenant system has vanished away, together with the gifts of the Spirit such as prophecies, in AD70 (as symbolised by the destruction of the Jewish temple in AD70), the only thing that remains is love. Love is the only thing that binds all peoples together, regardless of belief systems or religions.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, this making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:14-18)
“...and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is nether Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.” (Colossians 3:10-11)
God sees us today as His church. We are all in the family of God. God doesn’t see us according to our belief systems, whether christians, muslims, hindus, buddhists, atheists or agnostics, etc. God sees us as one with Him and one with one another.
The Bible is an old covenant book because all the prophecies concerning Jesus Christ and His parousia have been fulfilled in AD70. In principle, the Bible is a good book to feed on Christ, but in practice, we don’t need the Bible to run our lives because we all have the Holy Spirit within us.
Church organisations in mainstream christianity have been using the Bible to dictate what is right or wrong in people’s lives, and that is nothing more than controlling and manipulating other people for their own agenda. I think the people in the institutional church hierarchical system are interested primarily in building their own empire, and not really in building up people’s lives or taking care of their welfare.
Otherwise, why would the church organisations practise exclusivity and favouritism? For example, those who give more money to the church organisations “for ministry purposes” or “spreading the gospel” will be treated as elite members and will be included in the “inner circle“. Jesus does not practise this exclusivity – rather, He treats everyone equally.
Jesus is inclusive, because love is inclusive. We all should start seeing one another as equal, and as one with ourselves in the family of God. Each of us is a member of the body of Christ. We are all included in Him. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all will be made alive“. (1 Corinthians 15:22) Ever since AD70, all have been made alive in Christ. May this gospel of grace and peace continue to renew people’s mind to know the truth and be set free from religion, from oppression, from the illusion of separation, from identity crisis and amnesia.
God is love and we are love. Love is our binding force – in Love, all things are held together. 🙂