Many misuse the scripture concerning the church because they believe the church was the same in the beginning as it eventually became. This is why the Pentecostal churches still teach in miracles. It is why some churches have apostles and prophets. It is why many denominations give of their means any day of the week. It is why some cults have spring up. Many read the book of Acts and believe we today can do exactly as they did. What they don’t understand about the infancy of the church is that some things were changed by the apostles by the authority of God as the church evolved into what it was to become.
When one reads Acts chapter 2, it is not hard to see that the infant church met every day in the temple and broke bread every day from house to house. They also sold their possessions and goods and shared the wealth of the church among those who had need. Can we do this today? Certainly not! Why? Because as the church grew, the early day Christians began to meet each first day of the week to break bread, that is, to take the Lord’s supper (Acts 20:7). Subsequent to Acts 2, Paul commanded the church to give of their means as they had prospered, and that freely, upon the same first day of the week. I have heard many preachers misuse Acts chapter 2 to condone giving Monday through Saturday, in the selling of personal property, and giving the proceeds to the church, and the right to command other days of worship.
The church first began with the apostles ruling over them. As the church began to evolve, elders were given authority over the church with deacons as their helpers (Acts 14:23). It is true that the Apostles had the power of miracles, but this power ended with them. When that which was perfect was come, that is, the writing of the new testament, such miracles ended (1 Cor 13:8-10) This is why today no one can raise a man from the dead, can’t make a blind man see, can’t make the deaf to hear or the lame to walk.
Conclusion: Truly, the church evolved within the contents of the new testament. It is not still evolving today. The entrance into the church which Christ built still requires one to hear the gospel, to believe and confess Jesus to be the Christ, and to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins (Rom 10:17 ff; Rom 10:8-10; Acts 2:38). The church is to meet each Sunday to remember the Lord’s death, and to give of it’s means (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Cor 16:1-3). The church comes together to preach and pray (Acts 20:7 f; 1 Tim 2:8). The church is to sing and make melody in it’s heart to the Lord (Eph 5:19). The church is to study God’s Word (2 Tim 2:15). The church is to be governed by qualified men (1 Tim 1-13). This is what a fully grow church does in order to worship God in Spirit and in Truth (Jn 4:23,24). The church is forbidden to follow in the doctrines and commandments of men, no matter how good it may appear in their eyes. Such worship is vain worship (Mt 15:7-9). All this is not what the church was in Acts chapter 2, but it is what the church is today. Let us not judge the church by what it was in its infancy, but rather what it eventually became, that being, the churches of Christ.