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According to the New Testament, the true church is not a physical structure; neither does it depend upon physical structures for its existence. The true church is the spiritual Body of Christ which meets anywhere at any time in small, intimate groups. It can meet in the homes of the Believers, outside in a park, or at the beach, or in a mountain retreat; anywhere. Jesus plainly said: "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." Matthew 18:20, KJV In speaking of the physical Temple in Jerusalem, Jesus said to the Samaritan woman: "...Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father...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. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John 4:21, 23-24, KJV While we can indeed gather in church buildings to worship God, the point is, one does NOT have to go to church in order to commune with the Father and Jesus Christ. His Spirit dwells within us when we accept Christ. We are His spiritual temples; and He goes with us wherever we are. As Paul wrote: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Corinthians 6:19, KJV Peter also wrote: "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." 1 Peter 2:5, KJV The modern church system is a system of bondage. In the Book of Acts, Stephen was martyred by the rigid Jewish establishment for teaching the very same thing, because the Elders also emphasized dependence upon the Temple, which God destroyed in 70 A.D. Please read 'Where Are The First Century Churches?' for a fuller explanation.

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