mikehill4jesus “Professing Christian Leaders who work hard at trying to make Churchianity work.”
The folly of trying to make Churchianity work.
Definition of Churchianity. : a usually excessive or narrowly sectarian attachment to the practices and interests of a particular church.
20th June 2016 (13.34) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
It’s important that those Professing Christians as described by the Lord Jesus in John 14:23 are travelling along the Narrow Road that leads to Heaven. While those as described in John 14:24 are still on the Broad Road that leads to Hell – as all people are who do not love and obey the teachings of the Lord Jesus.
The Lord Jesus teaches in Matthew 7:13 The Narrow and Wide Gates “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
If you are truly a Follower of the Lord Jesus, that is spiritually converted through fulfilling the requirements of his Gospel as described in John 14:23. Then you will have to face the hatred of professing Christians who are condemned by John 14:24.
The Jewish Leaders start to persecute the Lord Jesus for putting the will of his Father before their religion.
This image is from the excellent film of John’s Gospel in HD where some Jewish Leaders start to persecute the Lord Jesus.
The Lord Jesus sets a perfect example to His Followers of how they will be treated
The writer of the book of Hebrews said in Hebrews 7:26 Such a high priest truly meets our need – one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. As we can see, the Lord Jesus is our ‘apostle’ (Someone sent by God on a specific mission) and he brings those he saves into perfect rest and the promised land.
Those in the above image show an example of how he was treated by some religious leaders who were on the Broad Road to destruction. The Lord Jesus promises that his followers will be similarly treated.
Each branch of Churchianity has its heroes, past and present. Professing Christians move on from one branch to another, even forming a new branch. Not for them to be a branch of the true vine that is the Lord Jesus Christ. NO, they are a new branch of a DEAD vine called CHURCH. A dead vine waiting to be burned when the judgement of the Lord Jesus Christ regarding it’s love for him is given!
Christianity vs. Churchianity
From ZWT Reprints, page 533, September, 1883, by A. A. Phelps.
We are living in an age of shames and counterfeits. Satan seems to have abandoned the hope of crushing out the Christian Church by a process of undisguised hostility, and now seeks to destroy her efficiency by stealthily draining off her vitality, and robbing her of every supernatural element. He “transforms himself into an angel of light”, and often assumes to be the special friend and guardian of the Church. Craftily he infuses his deadly virus and inculcates his plausible philosophy, until the moral perception is obscured, the conscience is distorted, and policy runs nearly the whole ecclesiastical machinery. Thus a popularized religion — which costs nothing and is worth nothing — is readily accepted, while the old religion of the cross is utterly discarded. The consequence is, that there is religion enough, and Churchianity enough, but a great famine for real Christianity. We meet with thousands all over the land who, if catechized in regard to their spiritual condition, reply with much self- assurance that they are members of such a Church. They assume that the Church is an ark of safety; and, once ensconced within her enclosures, all further anxiety ends. Let us try to unmask this dreadful delusion of the devil.
There is a difference, we may premise, between the real and the nominal Church of Christ; The former is composed of all true Christians. Its boundaries are therefore invisible, as no man can tell exactly where to draw the lines. The latter is composed of those who assume the Christian name and practice the ordinances of God’s house. It is commonly called the visible Church, because its boundary lines are known. The epithet may apply to a single local society of a given denomination, or to the aggregate of local societies of all denominations. We use the term, in this paper, to designate the outward or visible Church.
1. Christ and the Church are not identical.
There may be ten thousand Churches, but there is only one Christ. Nor can all those Churches supply the place of our one, blessed all-sufficient Saviour. A man may be saved without the Church, but he cannot be saved without Christ. A man may be in the Church and not be saved; but he cannot be in Christ without salvation. Sinners sometimes become members of the Church; but only saints are members of Christ. A person may live in the Church for years, with the old heart of carnality and selfishness; but “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature”. The requirements of the Church are often wrong and ruinous; but the claims of Christ are always reasonable and right. The Church may become a sink of pollution; but Christ is ever the perfection of purity. The Church may be rent with divisions; but Jesus Christ is not divided. The Church may become terribly entangled in mysticism and error; but Christ is always the embodiment of light and truth. The Church may change her name and her nature; but Christ is “the same yesterday, today, and forever”. The Church may be a crutch to walk with, but she is a poor Christ to trust in for salvation and eternal life.
2. Christian worship and Church worship are not identical.
Vast multitudes cling to some Church establishment as a drowning man would cling to a life-boat. They bow obsequiously to her priestly and official mandates, and imagine that the blind servility which they tender to the Church will be accounted acceptable service offered to Christ. The simplicity of the Gospel is lost in the imposing forms and glittering accompaniments of modern churchism. Splendid church edifices attract the eye. Splendid music charms the ear. Splendid prayers are addressed to the CONGREGATION. Splendid sermons please the fancy, and leave deluded sinners to slumber on. Church rivalry has achieved a glorious success, if success thundering organs, ostentatious dressing, theatrical singing, pointless praying, rhetorical preaching, careless hearing, and unscriptural practicing!
Much of the current worship is done by proxy. Lazy religionists surrender their sacred rights to others. They take it for granted that the preacher is on the right track, and readily swallow whatever may be doled out from the pulpit, without using their own brains in searching for the hidden treasures of truth. Thus religious ideas are transmitted from generation to generation, until tradition exerts a more powerful influence than the Bible in moulding the sentiments of men. There comes to be a fashionable faith, as well as a fashionable dress. To embrace a certain stereotyped circle of doctrinal views entitles a man to the claim of “orthodoxy”; but let him not venture one step out of the beaten track, if he would not be denounced as a deluded heretic! But few have the moral courage to question the decisions of the Church, much less to discard what she has labelled as “orthodox”. The verdict of a few leading denominations has thus grown up into a threatening tyranny; and the multitude cannot think of stemming the mighty tide. So they bow down in their narrow enslavement and worship this curiously- fashioned but pious-looking idol – the Church! Since all idolatry is an abomination to God, we have no more right to worship a church than we have to worship a golden calf! We rob the Lord of His rightful honour, and ourselves of the highest bliss of Christianity, by looking to the Church too much, and “looking unto Jesus” too little. What can be done to deal a staggering blow to this cruel church- worship of the day, and at the same time give us more exalted and ravishing views of Jesus Christ? There is a grand failure to carry out the ultimate design, when the appliances of the Gospel result only in the production of Churchianity. Our perception, our prayers, our faith and our adoration must overleap the narrow precincts of the outward Church, and rise up to the eternal throne! “Worship God!”
3. Christian fellowship and Church fellowship are not identical.
The followers of Christ are called upon to “love one another with a pure heart fervently”. Indeed, this is one of the Scriptural tests of discipleship. “We know that we have passed from death unto life because we love the brethren”. All Christians constitute one family, and love is the golden tie designed to bind their hearts together around the common cross. But love is a tender plant that needs to be reared with a hand. Hence the many exhortations of Scripture to “consider one another” — to “be kindly affectionate one to another” — to esteem others better than ourselves — to “bear one another’s burdens” — to exercise a forgiving spirit — to “let brotherly love continue” — to “endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace”. All such injunctions point out the danger of alienated feelings and poisoned affections, and show the importance of making a special effort to promote Christian unity and love. How disastrous are the results of not regarding these Gospel precepts!
The work of the Holy Spirit
The Lord Jesus promises in John 15:26 ‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. 27 And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.
The Holy Spirit of God uses me (and others in the Body of Christ) to testify about my Lord Jesus Christ, my Saviour, Friend and example, whom I have known since 1948. And the result is that most of the world, even Christian Leaders, hate me and refuse to show me the love that God commands.
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Life on the Narrow Road to heaven is all about living in a relationship with the Lord Jesus and His Father God through the Holy Spirit of God. And to live in spiritual union with all others who are on the same narrow road to heaven. Unconverted Professing Christians on the Broad Road to hell cannot have fellowship with the Lord God, so can’t have the Holy Spirit, so can’t have fellowship with converted Professing Christians.
The danger of Church membership. Some teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ
2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common. Or what fellowship can light have with darkness.
Matthew 7:21 (True and false disciples) ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.’
Luke 14:26 ‘If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple.’
Luke 14:33 ‘In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.’
Matthew 10:38 ‘Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me.’
Professing Christians who are as described in John 14:24, cant obey these examples. Their Churchianity wont allow them to. Why, because they do not have the love of God given through the Holy Spirit of God as described in John 14:23.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
The fruit of unconverted Christians in the prison called “Churchianity” is hate, misery, conflict, impatience, hardness, evildoing, unrighteousness, sternness and indiscipline. Beware of allowing unsaved Christians in the Church to have control over you and your life.
PROFESSING CHRISTIANS WHO PRACTISING CHURCHIANITY NEED TO REPENT!
The Apostle Paul said in Acts 20:21 ‘I have declared to both Jews and Greeks [non Jews – that is us] that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.’ (NIVUK)
My Testimony of how God came into my life. It’s one thing to quote the Holy Bible, but you do need evidence to show that the teachings of the Lord Jesus are true.
The Film of John’s Gospel in HD RECOMMENDED!
Use these links for further information and study.
The Doctrine of Moral Law Laws that even God is not allowed to break. Hence, the reason Jesus went to the cross and was raised from the dead.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ If you obey it’s requirements, you shall be saved from Hell.
The Doctrine of Church That shows if your CHURCH is true or false.
The Doctrine of Christians – What is a Christian?
The Doctrine of Promises Things you get depending on your obedience to Christ and Moral Law.