Is House Church Something New?
Many people are under the impression that House Church is something new. The fact is, it cannot be disputed that House church is the original and Biblical practice of the early Christians, as demonstrated throughout the New Testament.
House church practice started after Jesus’ resurrection and was set up by the apostles, who where taught by Jesus.
Yet what modern churches practice today, did not start till the 4th century, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Constantine I. In 313, Constantine and Licinius issued the Edict of Milan legalizing Christian worship. The emperor became a great patron of the Church and set a precedent for the position of the Christian emperor within the Church and the notion of orthodoxy, Christendom, and ecumenical councils that would be followed for centuries as the State church of the Roman Empire(The Catholic Church of Rome). This practice was set up by men to meet their own desires.
Then King Henry the VIII separated the Catholic Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. In doing so, he separated the Church of England from papal authority, dissolved all of the Monasteries, and established himself as the Supreme Head of the Church of England.
King Henry VIII then evicted all Catholics from the Church buildings and moved Protestants in. These Protestants, also known as the Reformation, of which we are, eventually made it to Holland in the 16th century and then to America.
These man-made traditions and practices that were instituted by the Roman Emperor Constantine I, reorganized by King Henry the VIII, and brought to America by the Dutch Reformed Church are still carried on today by modern churches that still hold to these man-made traditions that are centered around a main building and include activities and events which have very little resemblance, if any, to what the Bible demonstrates in the New Testament.
It boils down to this; modern day traditional church practice is just Catholicism repackaged with corrected doctrine.
Robert A. Rice