Church is filled with things that are based on people’s opinions rather than God’s Word.
There are things churches do that have no foundation in Scripture at all, yet most churches do these things and think they are serving the Lord in doing so.
Churches build buildings and spend much time and money on them, often proving their ministry success by their building size, even though there is no instruction at all for churches to have buildings.
Yes, there is a temple in the OT, but God resided there, it was the house of God. People are the temple and the dwelling place of the Spirit now, as the NT makes clear.
Yet we continue to buy up land and build large buildings and waste money and convince our youth that cleaning the church bathroom is “serving the Lord,” when in reality it is just doing a job the pastor is tired of doing.
Churches continue to spend big money on having youth programs and dividing the younger from the older. For most churches, the youth programs are the huge selling point to draw in more people.
Yet there is no instruction, at all, whatsoever, in the Bible about teaching youth separately. Yet we continue to do it and make sure we “get the young families” and keep them coming with more exciting programs for their kids.
We beg and cajole people into working with youth at church and tell them what a neat opportunity it is to “serve the Lord” by working with youth that no one in their right mind would work with. Hey, even the parents aren’t training their youth.
On and on it goes. We do all manner of things convincing ourselves we are serving the Lord when the Lord never told us to do most of this stuff.
The higher irony is that we do little of what the Bible actually tells us to do–we can’t–we’re too busy doing all the stuff we invented.
It would be funny if it weren’t so sad and a depressing reliving of biblical history. As Jesus told the Jewish religious leaders, “For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men.”
I imagine He’d have a similar message for us today.