I’ve done lots of thinking about church in my life. I think that even many forms of simple church don’t live up to the biblical standard. I read about one group on online. It did some things right. They talked about scripture and did some missionary work but they had several obvious failings.
The people in the group had a obvious lack of commitment to each other. It took years before a real community gelled and in the crisis moment’s people would scatter. There were some in the group that fought with each other over leadership roles in the group. There were some in the church that didn’t really respect the leader and thought they he should have taken a completely different approach.
At times the church was really popular with the community and did a lot of outreach. They followed the Luke 10 approach so popular with the house church movement today but they never actually got around to planting any more churches. Any church that isn’t fulfilling committed to multiplying disciples and churches isn’t fulfilling the great commission.
Their leader was a real liability to the movement at times. Sometimes his teaching was cryptic and irrelevant. At other times he was just plain offensive and managed alienate almost everyone who could have become good members of the church. Josh was a real hot head and sometimes he would mock or insult other leaders of the faith. It appeared at times like the leader had favourites in the church.
There was an obvious lack of church commitment to the truth and accountability. As time went on it became readily apparent that the treasurer was taking money out of the church account. The leader had to have known this was happening and he did nothing about it.
That isn’t to say this church didn’t do some good. They did but it was obvious that its members really lacked the commitment to each other to be a real biblical church.