Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is

Organized religion displays more interest in drawing you to organized religion than to God.  Therefore, if you are interested in God you have to be cautious about organized religion.

God is everywhere.  He doesn’t need a building or shrine or official group.  In fact, He doesn’t even want those things.  Instead, He wants to be enthroned in your heart.  Someone will say, “Didn’t God tell the Israelites to build Him a tabernacle in the wilderness after they were delivered from slavery in Egypt, and didn’t King David build Him a temple in Jerusalem to replace it?”  Indeed these things are so, but those were temporary arrangements foreshadowing the day when He would dwell among us all as the resurrected Christ.

The last religious grouping we saw God supporting were the Jews and Gentiles of the church we read about in the New Testament.  That New Testament church was different from any church we see today.  For one thing, it was not a divided church.  Today we have thousands of Christian denominations, each of them claiming to be the one true church.  How could that be of God?

God wants you to relate to Him, not to a church.  God wants to make you a better person and redeem the relationships you already have – not distract you with a whole new set of relationships with a new group of people.  Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead so that He could have a very personal relationship with you.  There is no need for an intermediary between you and Him.  In fact, wouldn’t the insertion of a third-party only distance you from Him?

If going to church regularly drew people closer to Jesus then churchgoers would be the most righteous people on earth.  However, we can plainly see that churchgoers are subject to the same human failings as the rest of us.  To the extent that churches preach Jesus Christ and help the poor, they are doing good; but there is much they do that doesn’t have anything to do with either of those two activities.

The church does not have redeeming power, but the Christ it preaches – He does have redeeming power!

Thus, there actually is a true church today, one that truly belongs to God, but it doesn’t have a building and doesn’t post meeting times.  The true church consists of all those people who love the Lord Jesus and serve Him.  The Lord Himself keeps its membership roll.  This church has no hierarchy of leadership because He is all the hierarchy it needs.  It doesn’t go to church; it is the church – the church of the living God.

Are you in His church?  Is He your pastor?  The word pastor means “shepherd” so when Psalm 23 begins, “The Lord is my shepherd,” it can have particular meaning for you.  This is the one true church.  Join it…and never leave:  How to Be in the One True Church.

For more context, see this overview.

The purpose of this blog is to provide information about Jesus to those who want to hear about Him without having to join something.

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54 Responses to Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is

  1. Okita says:

    I like this article mentioning that Church is not the answer, because there can be something wrong in Church groups. I like the idea that a true Church doesn’t have a building and doesn’t post meeting times. Perhaps I would also need your words that someone don’t have to join a group in order to serve him, just may be some leaders would be selective in choosing his/her members.

    I think your guidance is good for nonchurchgoers(for some reasons). I would be lucky to find this in the sea of confusing blogs and people. They may sting people although they may look good. They won’t say what is actually going on in their mind. Thanks for posting.

    • Gbenga says:

      Jesus Commanded that the Lord’s Supper should be done in remembrance of Him.

      Luke 22:18-20
      18for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.…

      The question is without going to church how can someone observe the Lord’s Supper?

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  15. Susanne Schuberth (Germany) says:

    Now that I got no doubt about the truth of this article which seems to me being fully inspired by God, I thank God that the rest of my days finally make sense in this world, due to the personal relationship I can have with Him.

    As I read you mentioning building temples for God, I thought of Peter who – as a Jew – wanted to build three tents, for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah (Mt 17:4). When a Jew experienced an encounter with God, he always built a memorial at that place. But God only said, ““This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt 17:5)
    The woman at the well, though not a Jewish woman, likewise wanted to know where the proper place to worship God could be (Jn 4:20), on a mountain, in Jerusalem, or elsewhere, but Jesus merely replied to her,

    “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (Jn 4:21-24)

    No church building, no kneeling before a monument, no folding hands in prayer, no special worship songs are necessary to honor Him the way He likes to be adored by us. We only need Him, and His Spirit who reveals the truth. Or in other words, “Lord, I need You all the time like a plane when I’m flying.” 😉

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  27. Arkenaten says:

    I agree. Keep your belief to yourself and don’t mix and don’t spread it.

  28. Mike Gantt says:

    You aren’t the first to employ hypocrisy in pursuit of some supposedly worthy cause.

  29. Mike Gantt says:

    Such moral relativism befits atheism which has no means to produce objective moral standards.

    • Arkenaten says:

      You truly think that only Christianity has a handle on morality?
      You poor delusional man.
      Christianity is the most hypocritical and immoral of all the major religions.
      It is awash in an historical sea of blood, most of which was initially bled from fellow Christians as under Roman patronage it began its corruption of Europe and Asia., eventually exporting its bloodthirsty and fallacious doctrine to the Americas.
      Now you have at least 30,000 christian sects, none of which can agree on a single central doctrine of worship.

      You have almost no idea of the history of your religion and refuse to examine it critically. If you put aside your prejudice for a while and faced it honestly and without ambiguity if you didn;t get physically ill you might at least weep.
      Sometimes I am tempted t feel a little sympathy, but then as you refuse to even question, maybe you don;t deserve any, but rather the scorn and ridicule that befits a religion that has a history of barbarism and lies.

  30. Mike Gantt says:

    I don’t defend Christianity, Christians, or even myself. I speak and write for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

    If you want to know true morality, study the life He lived.

    • Arkenaten says:

      The life ‘he ‘ lived as portrayed in the gospels is false.
      The construction of the gospels stems from badly cobbled oral tradition.
      The gospels are neither, authored, testimony, or historically accurate.
      Mark’s gospel, the first, was copied by Matt and Luke, in some parts almost verbatim, who merely embellished, and the primary reason was to counter Marcion.

      The fact that you can espouse your holier than thou christian morality is because every other form of christian belief was deemed heresy and brutally opposed. Once enough blood had been let,witches burned, churches consecrated with ‘martyrs’ and innumerable other barbaric practices the Church had achieved enough ‘blanket coverage’ dissent is no longer an issue.

      Every time you say thank god, or praise Jesus or any pithy christian remark or criticize other forms of Christianity always,always remember, hundreds of thousands of innocent human beings paid with their lives for this insane privilege.

  31. Mike Gantt says:

    Flinging multiple wild charges is not the same thing as presenting a reasoned argument.

    Quite apart from the organized Christianity which you loathe is the true Christ who loves you.

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    • Arkenaten says:

      All of the above arguments have been presented umpteen times by far more qualified people than I, and the true ‘Christ’ that you are wont to fling at every opportunity is also a construct of the church that you loathe

      In fact, even the word Christ is an incorrect translation of the word Chrestus NOT Christus, which means ‘The Good’ and has nothing to do with any Messiah. But I am sure you are aware of this.

      Without the bible, you would have no notion of Jesus – Christians, maybe, but definitely not Jesus (or Yashua) – and the irony, of course, is it is the church that was at the forefront of compiling the bible and ensuring what went in was in accordance with their doctrine.

      That this was not universally accepted is evidenced from the fact it took several centuries to reach consensus regarding the final ‘draft’ if you will and after Theodosius pronounced Christianity the sole religion of the Empire the real persecutions began.

      Even Luther eventually submitted to popular appeal re; the Apocrypha. and the final canon.

      The doctrine of the Trinity that you adhere to is another Church construct written into church law to counter Gnosticism and Arianism.
      Although Christians love to site the first chapter in John as justification for this nonsense.
      Certainly, the biblical Jesus never acknowledged it,alluded to it or even professed to be god at all.

      The Virgin birth, not even alluded to in the first gospel, Mark, was another later scriptural addition and was not acknowledged among the early Christian sects. In fact they would have laughed at such a suggestion.

      The earliest copies of Mark do not feature the town of Nazareth. That Matthew’s gospel does, in an almost verbatim verse clearly shows this too was a later addition.

      In fact Matthew’s interpretation was a mistake all along as any christian will know. The Isaiah prophecy does not refer to a messiah at all and certainly not to Jesus. And once again, you know this because I know you are well aware of the chapter and verse and all the controversy surrounding the word Alma.

      Of course, you will find a way to refute this, as you are an accomplished apologetic, and interpret the bible so it fits your belief – this is what evangelism and apologetics is all about.

      The moment truth and honesty threaten faith and your particular world view they are politely ignored.

  32. Mike Gantt says:

    I know whom I have believed, and why I believe them. You know neither whom you believe, nor why you believe them.

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    • Arkenaten says:

      I know whom I have believed, and why I believe them. You know neither whom you believe, nor why you believe them.

      Back at you, MIke.

      What and whom I believe are real.

      “When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.” I Cor. xiii. 11.

      Time you did too, Mike

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    • Arkenaten says:

      An itinerant preacher called Yashua who believed in eschatology may have lived; Christ was a narrative construct of the church.

      There is not a single piece of evidence to refute this.

  34. Mike Gantt says:

    Why are the nations in an uproar
    And the peoples devising a vain thing?
    The kings of the earth take their stand
    And the rulers take counsel together
    Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,
    “Let us tear their fetters apart
    And cast away their cords from us!”

    Psalm 2:1-3

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  43. Gbenga says:

    Jesus Commanded that the Lord’s Supper should be done in remembrance of Him.

    Luke 22:18-20
    18for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.…

    The question is without going to church how can someone observe the Lord’s Supper?

  44. Mike Gantt says:

    Gbenga, you have said it yourself: “…until the kingdom of God comes.” When the perfect comes, the partial is done away. The Lord’s Supper is fulfilled in the kingdom of God. As you feed on His presence, you partake of Him (Revelation 3:20).

    This is confirmed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:26 when he says that the ritual was to last “until He comes.” The Lord has come!

    If you are unaware or in doubt about the Lord having come, see the book Whatever Became of Jesus Christ? The Biblical Case for the Second Coming as Accomplished Fact.

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