There Is Freedom In The House
This past week I had both the pleasure and the privilege to be able to participate in three different house church gatherings. I just love totally free and open, Spirit led fellowship. To me it is the best way to really go about BEing the Church together.
In all three of these different gatherings every single person present had something of value to contribute and share with the rest of the Body Of Christ. Every member ministry is a passion of mine and in the fellowships I relate to everyone has the opportunity to share whatever is on their heart and mind. In an open and free environment where everyone is expected to share in song, prayer, scripture and teaching, some amazing things can happen. When you allow every age, every gender and every perspective to be shared you always end up being blessed well beyond measure. More importantly Jesus is lifted up and glorified every time instead of being an afterthought.
I know that the concept of absolute freedom in sharing scares the hell out of some people, but listen a minute before you cry HERETIC! Clergy in the traditional/institutional “church” all say we need structure, but they are dead wrong. What the church needs is fluidity so we can all FLOW in the Spirit together. Quite frankly un-flexible structure hinders the work of Christ. Since 1976 it has been my experience that a free and totally open style is overwhelmingly safer where it comes to heresy and error than a controlled and micromanaged environment could ever be. In an open setting anyone can interrupt and challenge the sharing of another. In a closed setting no one would ever dare to interrupt a sermon and challenge the Clergyperson. However, in open and free house churches based on dialogue rather than monologue helpful interruptions happen all the time. For the betterment of all involved. Quite frankly when error or heresy occurs in a free and open church it gets nipped in the bud. Also in a traditional/institutional “Church” it is easy to hide one’s erroneous beliefs. Someone might be the biggest heretic ever in a regular “church”, but no one ever finds out because someone there can go sit in a pew for 30 years and never share openly the errors they have in their heart and mind. So their problematic beliefs are never challenged or changed. This would never happen in a relationship based, Spirit led, free and open house church. Because everyone there is expected to share and be open for encouragement and correction from the rest of the Body. In a traditional “church” it is easy to hide, but try to hide in a living room and you will always be found out.
In short, I love the freedom that is found in a very simple Spirit led Church. Freedom that cannot be found in a “Church” led by “men”. It is my desire that everyone be free to share, to listen, to pray, to sing, to teach and to grow in Christ. Freedom is a difficult thing to find in a traditional, institutional, law promoting “Church”. But in totally free flowing Spirit led fellowship it can be found all over the place and thoroughly enjoyed.
Kirk Out !