John the Baptist came as a "voice in the wilderness" and not as a priest in the Temple. Yeshua Messiah came out of the wilderness preaching the Kingdom of God everywhere with multitudes following him into the wilderness where they were led & fed, and he never spoke behind a "pulpit" or came into the cities to pastor inside a building called a "church". The Kingdom of God was first established in the wilderness. Yeshua was a carpenter by trade but he never built a building for his ministry or rented one, and he prophesied the destruction of the Temple which YAH had once previously destroyed. Christ built his "Church" (people) on the rock of revelation about who he is as Lord and Savior of the World. The prophets and apostles never owned or sought "church" buildings for congregations but only hearing ears and eager hearts for the message of YAH.
MATTHEW 16:18; "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." #CHURCH
MATTHEW 18:20; "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." #ASSEMBLY
Back then they walked everywhere to spread the word, and today we have the benefit of technology such as television, radio, and the internet to use for also spreading the word. Men desiring followings to build their egos put emphasis on crowds they can see, and often compare themselves to others by numbers and not effectiveness. They rely on often fanatical followers who practically worship them and call them by titles in lieu of their names to the point of idolatry. They focus on their "brand" and having immaculate buildings rather than the message that builds people and speaking truth for YAH. They themselves also use social media and other means, but ironically when they feel threatened they hypocritically attempt to criticize others who use those same means that have no ego issues like them and don't desire a building or congregation but only to be a voice for the LORD as commissioned.
JOHN 4:20-21 & 23-24; "Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21) Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 23) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." #SPIRIT #TRUTH #WORSHIP
With so many ministries that are losing buildings or having to constantly move and the absence of scriptures that put emphasis on a physical building you would think by now we would get the revelation. The "pulpit" is whatever means you have to communicate the message, and the "altar" is wherever you are that you can reach the LORD no matter the timing. The "world" is the "wilderness", and the "congregation" is wherever the people gather for fellowship or to hear the "word". The Lord only needs two or three to gather wherever or however that is, and just because you leave a building doesn't mean you ever leave the Church. A building can be good and serve a purpose, but you don't serve because of the building. The true Church is the Body of Christ and the "Kingdom of God" because it is wherever the righteous rule & reign of God as the King is. It is built within you by the LORD and not within a building made by men. ~ I.J. West
LUKE 17:20-21; "And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: 21) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." #KINGDOM