An Outline of RENEW-GATHER-BUILD’s
“WORD Meditation Education System” (WMES)

  • The entire “WORD Meditation Education System” owes its existence to my 44 years of sacrificial obedience to God’s calling, a calling that was given to me by an angel of God when I was miraculously transported to heaven seven months after I accepted Christ as Savior.
  • A major part of that obedience happened soon after my Heavenly sojourn, when God asked me to give up my desire to follow the traditional path of theological instruction and be taught directly by God.
  • Another major part of my obedience to God was the abandonment of the eastern religious method of meditation I was practicing when I was born-again. However, knowing the Bible commands us to meditate upon God’s Word, I subsequently prayed that I might discover the best possible Christian meditation method. That 10 long year prayer came to fruition when I was humbled by homelessness and totally dependent on God.
  • The “WORD Meditation Education System” will include future related courses, including a course on universal priesthood and the practical aspects of becoming the best possible Priest of the Lord. My struggles and eventual victory in overcoming my own indoctrination and brainwashing by Christianity, along with the great amount of wisdom I’ve gleaned from my daily meditation times with God — these are my treasure-gifts to you and future generations. It is my firm belief that those who embrace these truths will want to read my BLOG and visit our Facebook page to better understand what God is seeking to accomplish.
  • If you wish to follow us and grow spiritually, please watch our video and take advantage of our once-in-a-lifetime offer! Those who watch to the end and follow through on our call-to-action, will receive a full year of FREE access to our mobile-enabled, virtual church community, school and collaborative project clearinghouse, RENEW-GATHER-BUILD.
    Our video is available at: https://leroyegrey.com/principles and it is our sincere hope you’ll become an active participant in helping us build both our online virtual community and, eventually, one of our real-world 3Circles Church Communities!
  • BELOW IS AN OUTLINE OF WHAT THE “WORD Meditation Education System” IS ALL ABOUT:

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No Church Buildings Built During 1st Three Centuries Because God Calls Christians to Build 24/7 Church Communities, NOT Rarely Used Church Buildings (2 of 25)

Have you ever wondered about why no archeologist ever unearthed a church building prior to the 4th century?
Some say it’s because the church was being persecuted and this prevented Christians from building church buildings. But history reveals the gospel was preached in many countries and in some of those regions there was no persecution.
Googling for “oldest church building” provides a lot of archeological expertise, but the experts agree, prior to 300 A.D. no dedicated church buildings have been unearthed in the middle east, the area where Christianity was birthed.
However, I remember a documentary from years ago, in which conclusive evidence was provided for the missionary work of the Apostle Thomas in India.  He was one of the original 12 Apostles (the one famous for his doubts).  I figured that since the Catholic Church made him a saint and claimed him as one of their own, he would have had a different mind-set then the other Apostles and probably built a church or two.
It turns out, Thomas built seven church buildings in India, beginning in 52 A.D.  However, this was the exception in early Christianity, not the rule, and has more to do with Catholicism’s desire to transform Christ’s Spirit-centered teachings into their religion with all the outer pomp for outshining the competition.
Understanding why early Christians chose not to erect buildings dedicated specifically to church services requires a clarification of the word “church”.
I usually use the more specific term “church building” when I’m referring to churches.  That’s because people tend to use the word “church” when referring to church buildings but a church is NOT the building, it is God’s people gathered together in one place. Believers gathered in a field are still the church.  The building houses the church, but it is not the church.
The word “church” in Greek (the language of our most ancient bibles) is “ekklesia” and means “a gathering” of those “called out”.   But “called out” and “gathered” in what way?  Gathered into a church building for a one-hour worship service each week?  Is this consistent with the historical church of the first three centuries of Christianity?
The question modern Christians should be asking is, “Can we be a functioning church, as in ‘the body of Christ, which is the church’ (Colossians 1:24), if everyone is scattered to the four winds for all but a few hours, one or two days a week?”  In other words, we are the arms, legs, hands and ears of Christ’s body, and if we’re scattered to the four winds 98% of our time, how can we claim to be a healthy, functioning body of Christ?
The answer is obvious, we’re NOT! And this is at the heart of religion’s inherent hypocrisy: we claim to be a community but we rarely interact with all but a few others, and then for very limited time periods; we claim to be the “Body of Christ” but being scattered geographically makes that impossible; we claim to obey Christ’s call to “Love one another as I have loved you” and yet we fail to follow Christ’s example of living and working together as a community.

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WARNING: They Won’t Teach This in Sunday School (1 of 25 articles)

INTRO
This is the first in a series of 25 Christ-centered articles I wrote for Examiner.com’s “Nashville Spirituality” section, starting in the summer/fall of 2009. Examiner is no longer in business, so I thought I’d make them available here (their domain now redirects to some sports, music and entertainment site).
The topics I explored were about how Christianity veered far from the original teachings of Jesus Christ and why. This is not obvious to most Christians, but I can assure you (and will conclusively prove) that this is indeed absolutely true.
Now, nearly 9 years later, I’m amazed at just how much of this series was incorporated into my recently published book Make Christianity Great Again! (especially since I thought I’d lost these articles and was therefore unable to refer to them). However, upon a reread I noticed these articles contain additional information and insights not contained in my book. Gleaning those literary gems will be well worth your time!
WHAT EXACTLY IS THIS SERIES ABOUT?
I’ll tell you right up front that I’m politically conservative for the most part. However, I am somewhat left leaning when it comes to protecting the environment, fighting for the little guy and letting alone the gay and transgender communities (just so long as they don’t try to impose their values or limit my Biblically based belief that such a lifestyle lacks the God-ordained balance for raising children, a balance found only in heterosexual marriages; if they want to get married civilly, fine, but don’t force me to marry you or say God approves).
Spiritually, I’m a born-again Christian but unlike most of my friends who accepted Christ more than 3 decades ago, my spiritual fires continue to grow brighter, not diminish. The reason for that anomaly has more to do with my choices than my spirituality. I long ago chose to follow truth wherever it may lead and damn the consequences. I also re-discovered some first century Christian truths, revealed to me by God’s Holy Spirit and later verified by archaeological finds.
Together, we will touch on history, archaeology, science, philosophy and theology. I will explore curious archaeological facts. For instance, why is there not one single archaeological find of even one church building prior to the 3rd century (HINT: the answer is astounding and sure to surprise you)?
I will explore ideas and teachings that were prominent during the first two centuries, yet all but destroyed when religious leaders entered into an unholy alliance with Rome. For instance, how did this state-church alliance come about; did it give the church power over life and death; and were there church-state sanctioned edicts in which death was the penalty for reading scriptures not approved (canonized) by the church?
Likewise, I’ll be exploring the validity of modern Christian traditions that most Christians take for granted as being God ordained, such as: various forms of worship; the church buildings Christians build and worship in; and the tithes many are told they must give. Are these ordained by God or man, and if man, are there better ways?
How we got those 27 books of the bible Christians call the “New Testament” is fascinating. Its history is decidedly different than what most of us were taught in Sunday Schools. But the real shocker is what the bible itself says the New Testament actually is! You’ll be surprised to discover the Bible says it’s not what you’ve been traditionally taught.
Here are some other curious facts I’ll be exploring. Why were Christians forbidden from reading the Bible for over a thousand years? Why did Christians impose nearly 12 centuries of censorship upon the world and why did they censor all bible books not considered inspired by the Church, even those generally considered inspired by a majority of Christians during Christianity’s first 300 years? Why were the books of other cultures often systematically destroyed when Christianity was introduced (i.e. the Mayan religious books, statues and icons)? And what was the REAL reason the Crusades were encouraged and subsidized by the Church?
There is one burning question that will animate the writing of my every article: Why is there so much disunity among Christian believers?
According to the World Christian Encyclopedia by David B. Barrett, there are 33,820 denominations (as of the latest statistics, in 1995). Knowing this statistic, by what justification can we Christians say we are fulfilling Christ’s mission? Jesus clearly stated in a prayer to God, his desire for our unity, telling us our love and unity would be our primary witness to the world of God’s power: “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (Jn 17:21).
Perhaps it’s because I’ve been so doggedly determined to know the truth of these matters, but God has gifted me with answers others have yet to come forth and proclaim. To be sure, some of those answers will be hard to bear for many of you. But the truth is the truth and if you will bookmark this site, and return often, I believe you’ll likewise be amazed at what those answers are.