The Virtues of Unorganized Religion

By “unorganized religion” I simply mean the opposite of organized religion.  That is, unorganized religion is human beings relating directly to God…without any of them being part of any religious group.

The first virtue of unorganized religion is that it is actually organized.  In fact, it is more organized than organized religion.  How can this be?  It is organized by God instead of human beings.  That is, you relate to God without human intermediaries – without a church, mosque, or other group involved.

The second virtue of unorganized religion is that, since it is organized by God Himself, you’ll have someone loving, righteous, and perfect for a spiritual leader: Jesus Christ Himself.

The third virtue of unorganized religion is that you won’t have a human spiritual leader.  This will surely spare you grief – whether some grief or much grief.   

This is just the beginning of the virtues of churchless Christianity.  Serve God and be done with human power structures which operate in His name.  Jesus called this “the kingdom of God.” 

If you just think a thought in His direction, He’ll receive it…and you’ll begin, or resume, a journey of drawing closer and closer to Him.

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Don’t Seek to Be a Christian; Seek Instead to Obey Christ

What is the difference between being a Christian and obeying Christ?  Alas, it can be a very big difference.

In general, a Christian is someone who attends church.  This has nothing to do with obeying Christ because Christ doesn’t command church attendance.  Yes, it says in the Bible that people went to church, but it also says people sacrificed animals to God.  Neither necessarily means that we’re supposed to practice such things now.  We have to consider the times, and these are the days of the kingdom of God.

Jesus commands us to love Him (that is, God) above all, and our neighbor as ourselves.  Therefore, if you want to obey Christ, these are the things you must do.  These commands of His are timeless.

If someone calls you a Christian because you go to church, so what?  But if someone calls you a Christian because your behavior reminds them of Jesus, now there’s something God can be proud of!

Even then, however, the point won’t be to have been called a Christian – the point will be to have obeyed Christ.

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House Churches Are Not a Solution

Some Christians today are turning to house churches as an alternative to all the problems they see with the institutional church.  These people will eventually learn that house churches are no solution to these problems.  There are two reasons for this.

The first reason is that even house churches cannot get away from human hierarchy – a fundamental flaw of organized religion.  Even without titles, there is almost always an unofficial “pope” in the house church.  This authority structure – however discreet it might be – misses the whole point of the kingdom of God which is that through personal relationship with each human being, God rules.  Human hierarchy is completely inconsistent with the kingdom of God.  Jesus Christ wants direct contact with each one of us and He doesn’t need a group (church, large or small) to accomplish that.

The second reason is more subtle.  It is that every time we seek to gather as a church, no matter how many trappings we try to leave off, we are still separating ourselves from the rest of humanity as “the people of God.”  The truth is that all people are God’s people.  We have no business trying to be holier than others.

Even identifying yourself as a Christian evokes an attitude that those who are not Christians are not Christ’s – which is just not true.  Everyone is going to heaven because everyone belongs to God.

Therefore, a house church has all the fundamental flaws of the grandest cathedral.  Do not think that diminishing the size of your church will diminish its problems.

Return to Jesus.  He is the Savior and we stumbled only when we stopped following Him in order to follow church.

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Jesus – Organized Religion = Biblical Christianity

Jesus minus organized religion equals biblical Christianity.

Does this surprise you?  It shouldn’t.  Organized religion has been giving God a bad name ever since the Israelites came up with the golden calf when they tired of waiting on Moses.

Even the church of the New Testament was corrupted within its first generation, as the apostles make clear.

What then shall we do?  Forsake organized religion and love Jesus Christ.  He is God.  He is spirit and is everywhere.  He will hear you when you pray.  He will guide you in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

I must warn you: Christians will disapprove of you if you try to follow Jesus without following them.  But you can endure persecution just as Jesus did – by loving and praying for those who persecute you.

Follow the Bible’s prescription.  That is, abandon church and serve Jesus.  Stop living for yourself, and instead live for Him.  It’s called seeking the kingdom of God.

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Looking for an Alternative Christianity?

If you are considering an alternative Christianity, consider Jesus.

Yes, consider Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of the world.

Perhaps you will say that you have tried Christianity already but found the church too much to take.  In that case, forsake the bath water and cling to the baby.  That is, forsake churchgoing and cling to Jesus Christ.

You do not have to accept church in order to accept Jesus.  In fact, focusing on church will only distract you from walking with Jesus.

Call on the name of Jesus in faith, depending on no one and nothing else.  He will hear you and He will heal your soul.  You can walk with Him every day of your life in just this way.

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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.

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Jesus Gives You Rest; the Church Gives You Burdens

Jesus promised to give rest to all who came to Him – that His commandments were not burdensome.  What a beautiful promise to a burdened and weary humanity!

By contrast, the church gives burdens to all who come to it.  Oh, you may be treated gently in the beginning.  Once you’ve been there a while, however, your responsibilities will be made clear to you: you need to tithe and you need to volunteer.  “If you don’t, the church will fail,” they’ll tell you.

Doesn’t this discrepancy between what Jesus promises and what the church promises reveal to you that the church is not truly representing Jesus?

Avoid church and go to Jesus instead.  He will hear you whenever you call on His name.  And following His commandments will give you rest for your weary soul.

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Death Has Lost Its Sting

A bee that has lost its sting is just a harmless insect.  Some bees even die themselves once they release their stinger.  This is, in effect, what happens to death – it dies itself.

Death comes to every human being, but Jesus Christ removed the power of the sting of death such that everyone who dies simply goes to heaven (Everyone Is Going to Heaven).  This great victory is enjoyed by the whole world because God so loved the world.  This is the love God has for all of us through Jesus Christ.

Therefore, death still comes…but it is impotent.  Oh, it may separate loved ones for a while…but not for long.  Every human being who dies…lives again immediately in another realm – a realm where you will one day join them.  Be at peace on this subject.  Great peace.

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Death Is Our Enemy No More

That the Bible calls death our “enemy” is an encouragement in and of itself.  It implies that God is taking our side in the issue.  But the news gets better, for the Bible describes God as “abolishing death” through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Therefore, while death was an enemy, it is no more.  Death is simply our transition from life on earth to life in heaven.  Our daily relationship with God can and should be built upon the foundation of this assurance.

This applies to every person (Everyone Is Going to Heaven).

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The Heavens Are Ablaze with the Glory of the Lord

When Jesus of Nazareth was raised from the dead on the third day after His crucifixion and burial, the world was irrevocably changed.  God had honored the greatest human life ever lived by bringing back its star for an encore – an encore that would last an eternity.

Jesus ascended into heaven and from there the glory of His never-ending life shines forth.  We cannot see this glory with our physical eyes, but our spiritual eyes – that is, our faith in Him – has 20/20 vision.

Be done with the darkness of ignorance that covers this earth – the spiritual ignorance of God’s glory.  Live your life in the light of God’s radiant presence through Jesus Christ.  Do not consider Him foreign for He donned flesh and blood and lived the same sort of existence you now live.  He knows what it’s like.  He’s truly been here.

Jesus is looking down toward you now with the same great love that animated His gaze upon the crowds that followed Him during His earthly life.  Look to Him now.  Speak to Him.  But, more importantly, listen to Him!  He speaks deep within your heart.

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