The Father of "Church" Buildings



I am careful how I write this blog post as not to offend anyone. Even though the truth will set you free, it can also hurt.

Religious people cherish their traditions. Any opposition or any attempt to educate them about these traditions is tantamount to blasphemy. 

It doesn’t matter that these things they hold as sacred are not biblical. For many, their religious traditions are so sacred that they view them as equal to the Bible.


I've met people who feel this way. I know people who feel this way.

In my blog post, 5 Things early Christians understood about the "Church", I wrote that, when you search the New Testament you will find that the word "church" always refers to a gathering of Christian people, never a building. 

Christians were the first, “non-temple" based religious group. They believed that the body of Christ was and is the temple. 

Constantine, Caesar of the entire Roman Empire by 324 AD, and the father of the "church" building, was not convinced of this early Christian belief. 

Before Constantine, Christians met in each others homes, inns, in courtyards, on the side of roads, and even in cemeteries. 

Before Constantine's rule, Christianity was not popular or accepted throughout Rome. If he was going to convert to this faith, it needed to be accepted and legitimate like the Jewish and pagan religions.

To ensure this happened, Constantine ordered the construction of “church” buildings to, “promote the popularity and acceptance of Christianity.” 

Don't think that Constantine had a soft spot for Christians. He was known for his ego, and Christianity at this time in history was a despised group and easy to co-opt.

Here is where it gets troubling 

Constantine was known to practice pagan worship. He was called the high priest of paganism. “He retained the pagan title Pontifex Maximus, which means chief of the pagan priest!” Frank Viola. 

Ask yourself, who currently uses this title today? 

His concept of building these sacred buildings for Christianity, was a known pagan and Jewish tradition. He also named these buildings after saints just as the pagans and Jews named their temples after their kings and gods. 

He called himself the “Thirteenth and chief apostle.” Historians today debate whether or not he was a true Christian.

Now hold on to your seats

Constantine was known to be a worshiper of the sun god. Even after his “conversion” to Christianity he continued to worship the sun god. 

His coins bore the symbol of the sun. He had statutes of the sun god built, one in his capital city, Constantinople. 

In 321 AD, Constantine declared Sunday to be a day of rest as well as a legal holiday. So Sunday is not a biblical day of rest or for the worship of Jesus as Christians have been led to believe, but a pagan holiday to honor Mithras the sun god. 

Do with it what you will

What I have just shared with you about Constantine is just a small piece. As I said at the beginning of this post, I am careful how I write this blog as not to offend anyone.

Why am I sharing this information with you? Because I'm a teacher. I Teach! 
Plus, it is one of the many things you will never learn in “Sunday School”


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