When I say the simple purpose of the Church, I am not referring to how the Church should serve as a lighthouse in a dark world to those outside its walls. I am referring to its purpose within its walls.
Let’s not ever stray away from the simple purpose of how the individual church is to serve the members of the body. Let’s not allow books, like ‘Under Cover’ by John Bevere, try to twist the Old Testament into the way we should be. The New Testament is sufficient and quite simple. We are to build each other up in the Lord, not lord over each other (Matthew 20:25-28). Observe these two warnings:
1. I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. (1 John 2:26, 27 NLT)
2. They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them. But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, (Jude 1:18-20 NLT)
For further insight into proper authority in the Church:
For further insight of how Christians should see the Church:
For those who do not think they need the organized Church:
As a final note I would like to say to always keep your eyes open for teachers of the Word even if they usually are noted for sound doctrine. John Bevere is a perfect example. I have found him right on the mark in a lot of his other teachings. But he falls quite short in his book ‘Under Cover’. We must heed the Bible’s warning in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to test all things and only hold onto that which is good.