Palaces Vs Temples
– by Pierre Oosthuizen
“If anyone’s work which he has built on endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:14-16.
“Lord, what’s their problem?” – I was getting frustrated. The crusades were in an area with about 30 villages. We worked with wonderful pastors with a well-established fraternal. I kept encouraging them to reach out to other pastors in the area so we could involve as many churches as possible – but it was as if they were held back. I prayed for guidance and was shocked by God’s reply: “Their problem is that they’re building palaces, not temples”.
A temple economy is all about the deity, and operates on freewill offerings from the worshippers distributed by the priests for the benefit of all (Acts 4:32,33). As a result, temples serving the same deity are not a threat to one another. A palace economy is similar, with some exceptions. It’s about the king, his family, and close followers. Especially in the distributions. Freewill offerings become mandatory and the kingdom operates as a business – bringing all subjects, their talents, and abilities under the will of the king. Surrounding kingdoms are a threat. What are we building? In Revelation we read the throne and the altar in the Temple of God – not in a palace.
JOY! Magazine (June 2018)