Ever since the fourth century, when the Roman Emperor Constantine made Christianity legal, the church progressively went from a decentralized “saints” movement to a temple-centered “clergy-dependent” movement. We went from focusing on marketplace presence to building elaborate cathedrals with clergy-led rituals. We went from people “being the church” to people “going to church”. I call the latter mentality “the box church”.

This clergy/laity divide and emphasis with a ritual-centered approach in a building has been a challenge not only in the past but also in the present. (Even though our evangelical rituals now have more pizzazz.) Consequently, the leaders of the church held a monopoly upon things sacred, which kept the “holy elite” in power and wealthy. The sad thing is similar concepts are still prevalent in the church today. Read More…

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