“It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a robbers den” (Matthew 21:13).

A church building stands as a powerful, symbolic reminder that God’s people are to be a gathered people; a praying people that assemble under spires and in sanctuaries to worship; be inspired, and challenged to fulfill the Great Commission. Tragically, some make the house of God into a sanctuary of their own godlessness. For these, like thieves guarding their lair, church becomes the place they hide the preciousness of their own preferences; likes and dislikes. They disparage so as to drive people away or to keep others from entering. Because of greed and selfishness they rob others of grace; they steal from others the opportunity to experience and express the mercies of God in ways that depart from familiar and idolized structures.

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