Churchless Christianity Is Biblical Christianity

Biblical Christianity is truth that has Christ at its center, because He is the truth.  False Christianity has the church as its center.

Biblical Christianity proclaims a God who is spirit.  False Christianity proclaims a human organization called church that presumes to represent God.

Biblical Christianity depends on the unseen God.  False Christianity depends on organized religion (that is, religion organized by human beings).

Biblical Christianity trusts what the Bible says about God.  False Christianity only pays lip service to the Bible.

Forsake churchgoing and follow Christ, who is the God of all humanity.  Abandon all religion and trust Him alone.

This is True Christianity.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus to those who want to hear about Him without having to join a group.

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23 Responses to Churchless Christianity Is Biblical Christianity

  1. The reality of a church (building) is simply to have a place where people gather but go there to be seen. wry comment I know but it is true.

  2. Jack Lonergan says:

    Christ founded a human organization so that through his spirit his word would be proclaimed. Being anti-church is being against the word of Christ, and his purposes on the earth.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      On the contrary, to be pro-church is to be anti-kingdom of God and therefore anti-Christ.

      When you cling to church and do not embrace the kingdom of God, you are making the same mistake as those Jews who clung to the temple and did not embrace Jesus.

      • Sarah says:

        I think both your points are absolutely valid.
        God created the Church, the Bible tells us that. He wants us to share in His love together, as a community.
        But, as Mike says, when you cling to Church you aren’t embraces Jesus, but you are embracing the way of life He teaches.
        This does not mean you should not go to Church. There are many benefits of church – the ideas of the preachers and community that surround you help you to see how others see God, thus helping you to see a wider picture of Him and know Him better. You don’t have to agree to everything they say, but you can look what the Bible says and make your own decisions on it.
        This community is why, I think, God made church in the first place. To share in His glory and so build up your relationship with God.
        So, I think Church is useful. But we can’t get too attached. We must remember the reason we’re gathered is Jesus, and He brought us together to share in His glory, not our own.

        I pray I speak what God is thinking. But only God knows that!

  3. Wayne Augden says:

    I don’t mean to offend, but what about Hebrews 10:25? What about the pastoral epistles 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus? What about the whole book of Acts which talks about the spread of the gospel, and the esbablishment of the early church? Look at all the Pauline epistles. Why would Paul be so fervent to spread the gospel and establish the church if it wasn’t important? The church of today is not what it should be, but to abandon the fellowship and assembly of our brothers and sisters in Christ is to go against what the Bible clearly teaches. To quote scripture and interpret it out of context is false, and exactly what 2 Timothy 3 specifically addresses.

  4. thereisnonelikehim says:

    I don’t think so much emphasis should be put on detesting church. Some churches simply don’t know how to flow in/with the spirit and maybe that is because they focus on religion and traditions more than the spirit of God. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to church, it means use your discernment and find the right church to go to. I feel it is more “Christ-like” to focus on the positive: God’s spirit and how you don’t only have to be in a church building to encounter His presence. This is a quite interesting blog!

  5. Mike Gantt says:

    thereisnonelikehim,

    There is no grace to be found in avoiding church.  Rather, grace is found by hungering after Jesus Christ our Lord.

    This blog is for those who’d like to learn more about Jesus without having to go to church.  If someone already goes to church or is already familiar with the Bible, I write another blog called A Bible Reader’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

    The biggest problem with church is that it siphons off devotion that belongs only to the Lord Himself.  See Seeking the Kingdom of God Instead of Church and Church Is Not the Answer; Christ Is which help explain this.

    P.S. I like the name you chose.  Certainly, there is none like Christ Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth.

  6. thereisnonelikehim says:

    I understand and I’ll definitely check out your other blogs. This is great stuff!

    P.S. Thank you!!

  7. Gathering together at your Blog could become a bit like church, don’t you think?

  8. Mike Gantt says:

    Peter j Foster,

    It could, which is why I don’t have a mailing list for people to join.  It’s also why I wrote these words in the About section:

    My blog will be successful the day you stop reading it because you are listening to Him instead.  In fact, turn to Him now.  You need no special words.  He sees your heart; He always has.  Live life with your heart as an open book before Him, seeking only to think, say, and do those things that are pleasing to Him.  Then He will make Himself more and more known to you with each passing day.  My work will have been done.

  9. timbob says:

    Hello. I just came across yous site kind of unexpectedly. This post hits on a major problem that’s been in place for generations. many have unwittingly left their first love, which should be Jesus, and replaced it with the church. This happened in the Ephesian church to the point that they were in danger of having their candlestick removed.

    Whenever I encounter a person who is completely sold out to Jesus, (a rare occurrance) it’s very refreshing and my heart soars. There is a sweet fellowship between those who love Jesus and do not harbor attachments to this present world. There is a true church, but it doesn’t fit into the definitions of society. She is a bride, without spot and dwelling in the wilderness. Longing for the moment when her Savior appears and she is forever in his presence. She is wearied from this world and its storylines. She is grieved to tears over her contemporaries who either don’t want to know the Lord or are settling for a form of godliness. Her heart has already crossed over into the realm of the everlasting and finds little company in this place. She is greatly misunderstood; considered to be “out of touch with reality” as she looks steadfastly to Jesus.

    Thanks for posting on this topic. I’ll have to visit some of your more recent writings. Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  10. Mike Gantt says:

    Yes, there is one true church.  It consists of the people who are following Jesus.  He knows who they are, and they abstain from wickedness (2 Timothy 2:19).

    Jesus Christ is all around us and yet the world does not perceive His glory.  Even many of those who call themselves Christians do not see His glory.  If we have faith as little children and walk humbly before Him, He will reveal Himself to us more and more.

    Let us walk before Him and seek to please Him in all that we think, say, and do.

  11. Simple Theologian says:

    The Bride of Christ is The Church…While there are Religious Organizations that gather at buildings they call churches and claim Christianity they may not be The Church. To neglect The Church which is the body of believers who worship Christ would be to neglect our purpose.

    Your argument is more about giving up religion than church. If me and another believer gather together and worship God we are the Church. If we simply go to a building called a Church and think we are Christians then we’ve missed the point.

    I’m just stating that your word choice is questionable.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      Words can be confusing.

      The only person we should gather to for worship is Christ. He is the One worshiped, and He looks at the heart.

      If we hear Him and obey Him then we are His church no matter where we go or what we do.

      Man-made church is to be avoided. Christ’s church is to be sought, not by seeking it but by seeking Him.

  12. Simple Theologian says:

    I’m not disagreeing with you about the need to following Christ.

    Some Churches could do a better job of teaching and equipping people to follow Christ. But there are Churches that do an excellent job at teaching and equipping people to follow Jesus and not religion.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      Any church that does “an excellent job at teaching and equipping people to follow Jesus and not religion” would be converting people to Jesus and not to themselves.

      The church is the only school I know that frowns on the idea of its students graduating.

      • Simple Theologian says:

        The church isn’t a school that frowns on the idea of its students graduating.

        In fact there are many churches that want to see people doing God’s work in their cities and the world…that’s why the send missionaries (graduates). Now I’ll agree if people are sent out and do not proclaim the message of Jesus they’ve missed the point.

  13. peddiebill says:

    Perhaps the focus on what Christ is should remind us that we too have to actually be our faith rather than thinking it has to do with what we say we believe. I have been struck by the number of times I have for example heard televangelists quote Jesus with his exact words yet by their actions eg having it off with their secretaries or taking large sums of money for their own use from their followers – which to my way of thinking shows they are not the same as their message. Jesus was consistent with his message as a number of his disciples have been – and this is why their message is convincing.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      Yes. In Jesus of Nazareth we not only have the pronouncement of a moral code, we have an embodiment of it. This distinguishes Him from all other promoters of religion.

  14. onetenthblog says:

    Thank you for spreading the word of God; with more and more people (even believers) unable to articulate their Christian faith– this is society’s missed opportunity. The Christian faith is a beautiful gift from God!

    Faith in a Christian’s heart, even the smallest, is a gift of Christ; in that heart is greater than the entire world, in it is greater than the worth of heaven and earth (Commentary on St Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians, Luther).
    With faith in Christ our doubt and loneliness unveils not a desire for material remedies but love.

    “Biblical Christianity depends on the unseen God”

    With faith of course comes the trust of an absolute mere human logic couldn’t understand. However, it’s also key that believers don’t act in accordance to spiritual foolishness. (All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness 2 Timothy 3:16), here’s where a church (outreach programs) could help Christian believers– including you and me.

    Hope you can read my post on Martin Luther http://onetenthblog.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/the-freedom-of-a-christian-man/

    Cheers

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