Churchianity Differences from Christianity - A Detailed Study
by Pastor Steve Brown
Master of Divinity, Asbury Seminary
Today, the modern Church claims to be following Jesus, when they are not. They lie to people and confuse them. They are like the Pharisees of old that claimed to follow God, but made disciples to follow them who became more wicked then they.
Today, churches are converting the masses to their false Christianity, not Christ, and this is what I call Churchianity. I would like to show you through the Scriptures, how following Christ is different than following the modern Church.
Rejects Christ’s preachers
The church rejects the true preachers who preach the complete Gospel by termination with no conscience
2) Perverted Gospel
The church perverts the Gospel and preaches a false gospel with “easy believism”: little commitment aimed at self-centeredness rather than true repentance and holiness.
Church politics are used to manipulate people through deceit and demanding one’s own way. Church politics are evil, ungodly, and unscriptural; they divide and hurt. The modern church has embraced worldliness by both its style of authority and its perception of success. They use a board of unlearned, lay people to govern the church (unscriptural). The idea that the church is a democracy is total rebellion. The Church is to serve Christ, its head, and do God’s will.
4) Pleases people
The Church seeks the praise of men rather than the praise of God.
5) Serves money
The Church loves and serves money and materialism and sees success in crowds and buildings rather than truly changed lives.
6) Rejects bearing cross
The church rejects Christ’s command to take up the cross and suffer for Christ, but chooses, rather, to conform to the world for acceptance and rejects the Lordship of Christ.
7) Rejects Lordship of Christ
The Church rejects Christ’s call to be totally committed and sold out to Him as Lord and labels anyone who does as a fanatic.
8) False faith
The church teaches a false faith like the devils have, which is only mental acceptance, without a changed life through repentance.
9) Earn salvation
Saved by faith, but by subtleness, teach good works. “Saved” means religious church activities and morality, rather than a radically changed life in Christ.
10) Rejects Scripture’s authority
The church claims, in word, to believe in the authority of Scripture and the Lordship of Christ, but, in works, rejects the authority of Scripture and the Lordship of Christ, teaching traditions and teachings of men and their polity books.
11) Twists Scriptures
The Church twists and corrupts the meaning of Scripture to support their perverted Christianity. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine.” I Tim. 4:3.
The Church has a from of godliness that is rooted in hypocrisy based on self-effort, rather than true holiness, rooted in the power of the Spirit.
13) Idolatry toward Church
The church promotes idolatry because it demands worship and loyalty of members to itself, through fear, to maintain its membership.
14) Makes disciples of Church
The churches have corrupted the Great Commission by making disciples of Churchianity (followers of churches or denominations) rather than disciples of Christ.
15) Denies Christ
The Church waters down the Gospel and denies Christ. It makes it non-offensive, with the excuse, “We will offend sinners and drive them away,” when it’s really afraid to suffer for Christ.
16) Perverts God’s nature
The church portrays a perverted god with a perverted nature that is only all merciful and loving with no judgments. They avoid proclaiming God as also holy and totally just who will punish men for sin in eternal damnation and hell if they reject the true Gospel.
17) Glorifies Church
The Church teaches that to serve “it” is the same as serving God, which is a lie. The Church is not a savior. It is idolatry to worship and serve the church as a substitute for God.
The Church no longer seeks to only do God’s will and to glorify God, but rather does the will of men who seek to only use God and Scripture to propagate and glorify the Church and its leaders.
19) Lacks fear of God
The Church has become sacrilegious by using God’s name and Word irreverently (without true reverence and worship of God) to promote the Church, its leaders, and man-made doctrines and not to glorify God.
20) An anti-christ
The Church has become a type of anti-christ, pretending to point people to Christ while, in truth, actually teaching them they must trust in the Church as their savior and obey the Church if they want to be saved and go to heaven.
21) Lukewarm and disobedient
The Church, at best, is advocating a lukewarm type of Christianity, full of religious activities for the Church, that refuses to forsake all for Christ, suffer for Him and truly submit to Him as Lord, but, rather submitting to dogmatic, religious leaders. The Church, at worst, is apostate and totally rebellious.
The denominations and strong sectarian spirit the churches promote are evil and in rebellion to God’s Word.
1) Receives Christ’s preachers
Jesus said that whoever does not receive or hear Christ’s preacher shall bear a judgment worse than Sodom and Gomorrah. Matt.10:14 & 15.
2) True Gospel
God says in Galatians 1:8, “If anyone great, such as an apostle or even an angel preaches another gospel, let him be accursed.” Jesus says we are to love one another and speak the truth in love and be humble, and not demand one’s own way, but seek to do God’s will.
The Bible says in I John 2:15 & 17, “Love not the world nor what is in the world. If one loves the world God’s love is not in him.” The love of God is not in most churches because they love the world. The Bible says in Heb.13:7, that those who preach and teach God’s word as pastors and apostles should rule and guide the church, and not a board of lay people.
4) Pleases God
Gal. 1:10 says, “Do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Serves God 5) Matt. 6:24 says you cannot serve God and also serve and trust in money and material things at the same time. The true church loves and serves God, not money.
6) Takes up cross
II Tim. 3:12: “All who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Luke 14:27: One must forsake sinful life and bare his cross and follow Christ or he cannot be His disciple.
7) Worships Christ as Lord
Luke 14:33 says that unless you forsake all, you cannot follow Christ. Rom. 12:1 says that we should present ourselves as a living sacrifice to God.
8) Saving faith with repentance
James 2:19 & 20 says that there is a false faith that one can proclaim like the devils, but that has no true fruits of holy living. The Gospel teaches saving faith.
9) Salvation is a gift of grace
Eph. 2:8 & 9 tell us we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. Salvation is a gift: not earned by good works.
10) Scriptures are authority
II Tim. 3:16 says all Scripture is inspired, or written, by God and should be used for teaching, correcting, and guiding the believers.
11) Rightly divides Scripture
II Peter 3:16 speaks of unlearned, ignorant men (such as present church leaders) who twist scripture to their own destruction. We are to rightly divide and interpret God’s Word.
12) Sincere godliness
II Tim.3:1-8 speaks that in the last days there will be people with a form of godliness, false Christians, who are very religious, but arrogant, selfish, and boasters, who practice sin and reject those born again, sold-out Christians as fanatics.
13) Worship of God
Ex. 20:3-4 says we are not to have any other gods that we worship besides the Lord God of heaven. Neither shall we erect gods (like the church or its leaders ) as an idol.
14) Makes disciples for Christ
Matt. 28:19-20 says we are to teach others the commands of Christ and make followers of Jesus.
15) Confesses Christ
In Mat. 10:32-33 Jesus says that whoever would deny Him, He would deny them. Christ denies the modern Church because it denies Him. Whoever confesses Christ, Christ will confess him to the Father.
16) Proclaims a Holy God
Rom. 2 speaks of God’s severe judgment against all sinners that are rebellious and do not obey the gospel of truth, and His blessing of glory and eternal life to those who, by faith, live good lives.
17) Glorifies God
Matt. 4:10 says, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou worship and serve.” The Church is only a vehicle that God wants to use to teach us how to serve Him and to manifest His glory through our fellowship and love.
18) Obedient to God
Matt.7:21-23 speaks of those who call Christ Lord in pretense and even do great religious works for their own glory. Jesus rejects them by saying, “I never knew you, depart from me, ye workers of iniquity.” Those who know the Lord, obey His commands.
19) Fears God
In Exodus 20 God says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy god in vain.” In Matt. 15:7-9 Jesus says, “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you saying, this people draws near to Me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain they do worship me…teaching commands of men.”
20) Points to Christ
“It is the last days and now are there many anti-christs.” I John 2:18 “Beloved, believe not every sprit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.” I John 4:1
21) Hot for Jesus
In Rev. 3:14, Jesus speaks to the Laodicean church similar to churches in America that are lukewarm, trust in their money, and have great material wealth, but are spiritually poor, blind, and wretched. Jesus hates lukewarmness and will spit the American Church out of His mouth.
In I Cor.1:10-16 Paul denounces the divisions in the church as wrong. Eph. 4:3 says, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”