"Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in Heaven. Therefore when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward, But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you they have their reward. But you when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place: and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly
I don't know what God's original intent for the "Church" is and I will need to study and pray about this. Is it a literal building, or is it a Metaphor about being A part of the body of Christ, Is Our Churches of today what they are supposed to be? I do not know these answers. I do know Church is NOT about denominations, or how one is dressed, or how one wears their hair, or how much money one makes.
My Father tithed faithfully 10% of every penny he made. He never once filled out the card with his name.......Never once told anyone how much or what he put in. But God knew, and that is what matters.
My Mother, who was my best teacher by her actions....... was House bound for the last 4 years of her life........ She didn't need a building to say she belonged to a Church....... she belonged to the Body of Christ.
The actual meaning of the word "Church"The word translated "church" in the English Bible is ekklesia. This is the Greek word kaleo (to call), with the prefix ek (out). Thus, meaning"the called out ones." However, the English word "church" does not come from ekklesia but from the word kuriakon, which means "dedicated to the Lord." This word was commonly used to refer to a holy place or temple. I am sure there are 100 interpretations out there.....
I do not think Joyce Meyer EVER said anything against going to Church. she just said Going to Church doesn't make you a Christian.
Jesus said to him, " I am the way, the truth,and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
"that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation