“We can make a big deal about where we worship. Jesus is more interested that we worship Him in truth” Then why don’t we gather at the same place every week? Why do we own a building? Every donation should be given to charity…. As long as we worship in Truth.“
I think you missed the point we were trying to make. Jesus pointed to the problem with established religion and the emphasis man places on it when one religion points the finger at the other’s faults. Man’s ingenuity is amazing when it comes to discovering ways to get closer to God, while at the same time closing his eyes and ears to what God is saying. Religion is not what brings people closer to God. It is knowing who Jesus is and fellowshipping with other like-minded people to encourage one another by remaining in the true teaching, prayer, fellowship and by taking part in the Lord’s supper (Acts 2:42). That is based on scripture.
We don’t see what we give to the Lord as donations. These are our tithes. The need to give to the poor (not necessarily meaning charities) is a commandment, not at the expense of our tithes. In fact, Jesus clearly separated the two issues when He said (John 12:4-8) but one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? He had said this not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it. But Jesus said, Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always. Too bad Christians carefully count the pennies they give God when God did not spare His only begotten Son to die for our sins not to give us religion, but a new life in Jesus.
Finally, the idea that abandoning a building will then enable us to worship in truth is a little. The first church couldn’t own a building because of the persecution it faced. In some countries today the same happens. Persecution drives God’s people to underground churches. If the bricks of our building become more important than the souls that Jesus died for, we have lost our way. No one is stopping anyone from being a living witness, a walking testament to the love and glory of Jesus Christ