Jesus said He will build His church, not man. It is a spiritual body not a physical one where many own buildings using sheep's money. Nothing more than using religion to gain control over people, other people's money for their own personal use, to buy properties in their name so they get rich. God doesn't need money. They use that line over and over...you are giving to God.
NO... the poor widow, single parent, those working to pay bills and keep a roof over their heads are giving to crooks who pocket whatever they can. So when you are getting back to basics look at the foundation from which it is laid.
Believers met in homes not buildings with Grant deeds given to a select few. Look at Paul, he was zealous for what he believed but he was absolutely wrong in his beliefs. He thought by killing Christians in the name of religion he was right.
The law in Paul's mind succeeded grace in every way. Grace takes away pride instantly because you can no longer work for your salvation to be in the good graces with God. A works salvation attempt is to say we ourselves can atone for our own sins which is blasphemy and discredits the final work on the cross. Jesus said it is finished.
Most religions these days are all based upon pride and merit. How much you tithe, how many times you attend a building, how devoted you are to men who take your money for themselves to buy more properties. They recruit people so they can continue in this scheme to build an empire governed by select men who elevate themselves above everyone else. This is what the Pharisees did along with Paul before he was humbled before God and became a born again follower of Christ. In truth, if you elevate man, an organization or anything else above God it is idolatry and adultery. Membership is an oath to man not to God. God doesn't have memberships or organizations. They require oaths.
Many create a God to suit themselves. God never changes nor does His word. If man changes God's word, alters it, adds to it God will add to them the plagues of the Bible. Anyone claiming to have new light is lying because everything is written in God's word and He is unchangeable.
Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV) 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. (How many times have the JW changed their minds?)
Does He speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (How many times have the JW's been given new light even though God does not change like shifting shadows?)
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (How many times have the JW's changed who Jesus is?)