Questions Answered by the Temporary Ekklesia Theory

The Temporary Ekklesia Theory, if true, would readily explain many questions that tend to concern mindful believers today.  As you read the list below, try to make note of how many of these questions have crossed your mind before and remained unanswered or inadequately answered.

  1. Why does no church today live up to the full set of expectations it naturally gets for itself just from reading about the ekklesia in the New Testament?
  2. Why doesn’t God answer our prayers in all the ways that we would naturally expect after reading the New Testament?
  3. Why aren’t angels regularly visiting and helping us as they did for the First Century ekklesia?  (See this study for information on the wide scope of angelic involvement in Jesus’ ekklesia.)
  4. Why doesn’t it feel like anything today when we think we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and as we live day to day with it supposedly living inside us?
  5. Why do so many today fail to have as radical and far-reaching a change in lifestyle and thinking after converting to Christianity as seems to have been the norm in the New Testament?
  6. Why are there thousands of separate church organizations/denominations today, when Jesus came to start but one ekklesia?  What happened to the unity that was so successfully guarded in the First Century?  Why doesn’t God do anything about it?
  7. If Jesus still has only one ekklesia, which one is it?  Read article.
  8. Why does no church today achieve the same level of maturity achieved by the ekklesias at Ephesus, Phillipi, and Thessalonica?
  9. Why do surveys show that the members of today’s churches are statistically no more godly than the unchurched?
  10. Why is it that a multitude of Christians today, all reading the same Bible and praying alike for accurate understanding, come up with such different conclusions as a result of this exercise?
  11. If the first century ekklesia needed frequent inspired letters of instruction, encouragement, and correction, why are today’s churches getting nothing of the sort?
  12. Why is it that so many become convinced today that something or other is “God’s will” and then later come to regret the decision and to realize that it was not a righteous development?
  13. Why doesn’t God run scoundrels out of the ministry today?
  14. Why doesn’t God punish certain unrepentant Christians by death today as he did with Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5?
  15. Why do so many who “feel called” into the ministry today prove to be failures at it?
  16. Why don’t God and Jesus call or inform certain individuals today with actual visitations and visions and angelic messengers as they did in the beginning, but only with feelings and notions and hunches?
  17. Why are there no apostles today leading the church as the ekklesia was led in the beginning?  Shouldn’t the church today need inspired and authorized leadership as much as it was needed in the First Century?  Indeed, if we are now closer to Jesus’ second coming, as many believe, wouldn’t we need apostles even more?
  18. Why was it necessary for God’s calling to be announced to the world by apostles in the First Century, but apostles are no longer needed for this purpose today?
  19. Why is the book of Acts no longer being written?  If the ekklesia continues today, why isn’t an inspired record of its history being kept?  And where is the “chain of custody” for church information and traditions?
  20. Why does the book of Acts stop abruptly in the middle of the narrative without a single word of summation or afterword?
  21. If Jesus’ second coming is imminent, as many believe, why are no new inspired, apocalyptic warnings (such as the Revelation) being written to the Christians?
  22. Why don’t we have writings from all of the apostles?  Did not all (but only some) fulfill the tasks assigned to them?  Why, then, do we have no information on many of them?  Why was no diligent record of their exploits preserved for us?
  23. Why is there absolutely no passage in the New Testament that was specifically addressed to future generations of the ekklesia?
  24. Why is there absolutely no passage in the New Testament that even mentions that there would be future generations of the ekklesia?
  25. Why is there absolutely no passage in the New Testament that attempts to draw a list of all the substantial changes from the original that  future generations of the ekklesia should expect to see?  Nobody believes it’s supposed to be exactly the same in every respect, yet nobody seems eager to define the exact differences that were supposed to occur from the original ekklesia to some presumed modern version of the same.  If God planned the changes, why not publish them?
  26. Why would God allow the rampant misinterpretation of scripture that goes on in the churches today if they were his ekklesia?
  27. Why is there absolutely no passage in the New Testament that purports to explain how a Christian assembly should be carried out once the spiritual gifts had ceased?
  28. Why do we not have even one song from the original ekklesia?  Wouldn’t their original songs be invaluable treasures in a perpetual ekklesia?
  29. Why is there absolutely no passage in the New Testament that purports to provide a list of all the writings that should be included in the Bible, or of those that should be excluded?
  30. Why is there no passage in the Bible that was designed to instruct the reader as to the basic rules by which proper interpretation of scripture can be guaranteed?  (Hermeneutics)
  31. Why is there no passage in the New Testament that charges anyone (such as the Church?) with being the keepers of the Bible throughout the generations?
  32. Why are there no instructions in the Bible on translating the Bible into new languages, and on how often it should be done, and by whom, etc.?
  33. Why does there seem to have been a complete blackout of all Christian writings for a few decades spanning from before and after 100 AD?
  34. Why did Jesus promise that he would return during the lifetimes of some of those in the very generation from which he ascended?
  35. Why did the apostles continue to teach that Jesus would return in that same generation and that they would be “caught up” to be with him forever?
  36. Did these things happen as Jesus and the apostles taught, or were they wrong?
  37. Why do we now see nothing today like the demon possessions and the counterfeit signs, miracles, and wonders that are mentioned in the New Testament?
  38. Why have so many of the world’s pagan religions faded into mere shadows of their former selves?
  39. Why does the Bible so often mention the execution of judgment on foreign gods if those gods were not real beings, but merely idols of wood and stone?
  40. Why did Jesus refer to Satan three times as “the ruler of this world” if God and/or Jesus were in fact the rulers of the world at that time?  And who is the ruler of the world now?  Has Satan been defeated yet or not?
  41. How is it that Peter described Satan as trampling or treading around like a “roaring lion”, yet so many believers today describe him as “prowling” (stealthy)?
  42. How is it that Peter described Satan literally as masquerading as “an angel of light”, yet today, no one expects to see Satan appearing as a holy angel at all, but merely as hidden pitfalls in seemingly-good opportunities?
  43. How is it that Jesus, having already ascended and received “all authority”, would require 1,900+ years to defeat Satan in a battle?  Wasn’t he said to be more powerful?  And did he not have twice the number of angels at his disposal than did Satan?
  44. How is it that in the Revelation, the living Christians who were addressed in the document were told repeatedly that both the return of Jesus and the defeat of Satan would happen “soon” and “shortly” and “quickly”, and yet so many today believe that these things have not yet happened?
  45. How is it that the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, being a major topic of prophesy throughout the entire Bible, including Jesus’ own teachings, would happen in 70 AD according to Jesus’ prophecy, and yet not one historical account of that event would make its way into the Bible?  This would be like having the prophecy about Noah’s coming flood, but not a word about its fulfillment, or having prophecy about the birth of Jesus, but no record of it having happened as written.
  46. Why is it that the apostles wrote of God having revealed his mysteries through their ministry, and yet today, Christians so often appeal to mystery when faced with difficult questions about their beliefs?
  47. Why doesn’t the Bible answer all the questions that any church would naturally need answered in order to be certain that it is carrying on as God would wish?  (Examples might include things like: How many cups for the communion?; How many elders?; Instrumental music or not?; Teen ministry or not?; How much to spend on a building?; How to conduct a wedding?; How to conduct a funeral?; What is the “age of accountability” (if there is any such thing)?
  48. Why can’t the churches today ask the apostles questions like the First Century Christians could (and did)?  Why should there be any less need of this now than in the beginning?  Remember, today’s churches are less mature than the original–not more mature.
  49. Why does having the elders pray over a sick person no longer result in that person being healed as was promised by James?
  50. Why do believers today have the same life expectancy as unbelievers, even though a great many of them pray regularly for healing from their diseases?
  51. Why are there over four times as many passages in the Bible referring to salvation (save, saved, saves, salvation) as yet future to the writing than there are those that refer to it as something having already happened—as is the common speech today?
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