mikehill4jesus “Why are those involved in Churchianity to be avoided?”
25th & 26th June 2016 (8.56) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
The Lord Jesus could not have made it any clearer!
“Churchianity” is a pejorative term, a word expressing contempt or disapproval, for practices of Christianity that are viewed as placing more emphasis on the habits of church life or its institutional traditions than on the teachings of Jesus. Hence the replacement of “Christ” by “Church” in the word “Churchianity”.
This “Churchianity” contradicts the teachings of the Lord Jesus
John 14:23 Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. [Christianity] 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. [Churchianity] These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.’
Please note! The Father God knows in which group you are. He will NOT come and make his home with you if you refuse to obey the teachings of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Churchianity is not the way to heaven!
James was a very early Christian Leader and Teacher.
His audience would be primarily people of Jewish upbringing with a fairly recently acquired Christian faith who were experiencing a severe persecution at the hands of their erstwhile leaders in Judaism. They were mourning deeply because of the death of a loved and respected leader, Stephen (Acts 7). Almost all the Christians (except for the apostles such as James) had been driven from their homes in Jerusalem and scattered to other places. Almost all of them had likely lost homes or possessions or normal means of income; they had been separated from relatives and friends. There were abundant circumstances to cause them confusion, fear, loneliness, anger, sorrow, poverty, hardship–in fact, “trials of many kinds” as James acknowledges in 1:2. James’s probable purpose in this context is confirmed in the letter: to encourage suffering Christians in the face of hardship and to strengthen them for faithful Christian living.
It would fit this historical setting that James would be writing primarily to poor Christians and that one of his goals would be to instruct and encourage them in the face of hardship at the hands of rich unbelievers. In speaking of “the rich,” James would likely have in mind the unbelievers who were using their wealth as power to oppress the very vulnerable Christians.
Persecution and hardship are the same, no matter who you are. Those people involved in Churchianity and Christianity, act the way they do irrespective of their culture or nationality. Good and Evil exists everywhere in the world, even in the Spiritual world.
James 1:19-27 (NIVUK)
Listening and doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Churchianity offers the polluted people of this world a chance to operate as if they are Christians.
Those Christians on the Broad Road leading to Hell, are NOT true Christians!
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.”
Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
PROFESSING CHRISTIANS WHO PRACTICE CHURCHIANITY NEED TO REPENT!
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 Commands that God expects us to obey and promises the punishment of those who disobey.
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.