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Houses Of The Holy
by Wayne Blank
"Greet the church that is in their house"
Christian worship began in a house. As stated in the verse quote above, the wise men found and worshiped the Christ child in a house. He was slightly less than 2 years old at the time, hence the reason that Herod ordered all of the children of age 2 and under murdered in his attempt to kill Christ i.e. "Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men." (Matthew 2:16 KJV).
Even the shepherds, when they worshiped the newborn Christ in that famous manger nearly 2 years before did so at a house, or rather the structure that was attached to a house because the house itself was full up. Christian worship began, and continued, in ordinary houses.
About 30 years later, Jesus Christ observed His solemn "Last Supper" Passover in an ordinary house.
"And He sendeth forth two of His disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the Passover with My disciples? And he will show you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us."
Although the Christ and most of the early Christians attended the synagogues (e.g. "And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read," Luke 4:16 KJV) they eventually found themselves worshiping in their homes, not because they had done anything wrong, but because they were doing what was right.
The people of the synagogue eventually not only rejected the Messiah, they actually tried to kill Him because of the truth that He spoke. That is not intended as a statement of condemnation of unbelieving Jews alone; if Christ came and taught in most Christian-professing churches today, most would reject and kill Him in the very same way because most "Christians" do not teach what Christ taught i.e. "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? And in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV):
"And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, And rose up, and thrust Him out of the city, and led Him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast Him down headlong. But He passing through the midst of them went His way" (Luke 4:28-30 KJV)
Many other true people of the Messiah were also put out for doing what was right:
"for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue." (John 9:22 KJV)
The early true Church of God most often worshiped (and were even sometimes persecuted, see Acts 8:3 quoted below) in their own homes because it was the only place where the Truth could be found.
"As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison" (Acts 8:3 KJV)
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