Why Not Follow Church?

For those of you who currently identify as Christians, it is likely that almost everything you have read on this website is at least a little offensive. (Just you wait, we’re not done yet.)

Here we are, talking as if, somehow, the churches have it all wrong, and yet we claim that the only right Way is Jesus’ Way! Isn’t that a contradiction? After all, don’t the churches already have Jesus?

Well, no. The churches don’t “have” Jesus at all. They only think that they “have” Jesus.

Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely agree that there are individuals who attend church, even getting very involved in their church community, and they do “have” Jesus on some legitimate level.

What we are saying, however, is that modern Christianity as an institutionalized religion does not even know Jesus. At the risk of sounding a little crazy, we claim that the vast majority of church-goers are victims of a satanic conspiracy to hide Jesus’ Way of life from those who would practice it if they knew it. (The ones who have discovered Jesus’ Way, rejected his divine wisdom, and then proceed to rationalize Jesus’ teachings away–teaching others to do the same–these are the ones who are being used to further this satanic conspiracy against the Way of Jesus.)

If this is a little hard to swallow, we suggest that you try out a little experiment to see for yourself whether the churches en masse “have” Jesus or not:

Go to any church (your church, the megachurch, the protestant church, the catholic church, any church) and find someone who is in a position of leadership, like a clergyman. Break out your Bibles and go to Luke 14:33, where Jesus says that anyone who does not forsake all their possessions cannot be his disciple. (Fun fact: being a disciple is the same as being a Christian, Acts 11:26.) Then, ask the church leader this question: “If Jesus says that we can’t be disciples/Christians unless we forsake all, shouldn’t we be doing this? Why is nobody doing this?” The church leader will almost invariably respond with any number of excuses or fancy interpretations to explain away this fundamental teaching of Jesus. Some will say that Jesus didn’t mean to forsake everything; some will say that there are only certain Christians who are called to forsake all; some will say that Jesus only meant for us to forsake everything “in our hearts”; we could go on and on.*

So, once you’ve conducted your experiment (and go ahead, try as many churches as you want), it’s time to analyze the results. If the church leaders try to dismiss what Jesus taught in one way or another, then do they really “have” Jesus? Or do they just say they “have” Jesus, but really, they don’t give one flip about what he had to say to us? It’s true that the churches at least point towards Jesus as Lord and Savior, but even that pitiful act is just a mask to cover up the fact that Jesus is as far from the heart of the church as he is from the hearts of atheists. (And, perhaps, even atheists are closer to Jesus than some church-goers!)

Jesus said, “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21, NIV).

So where do you fall? To whom do you give your allegiance? To Jesus? Or to the churches?

We hope you choose wisely, because only Jesus has the Way to life (Matthew 7:13-14).

*It may also be interesting to take your Bible study experiment further with a little cross-reference to everybody’s favorite verse: John 3:16. In the King James Version, you’ll notice Jesus promising that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. Going back to Luke 14:33, we see Jesus using the same word (“whosoever”), this time as a condition explaining who he expects to follow this forsake all teaching. Here, another question is worth asking: If we are so eager to claim Jesus’ promise of eternal life by simply believing, then why are we so hesitant to apply this other “whosoever” teaching to ourselves as well? (Hint: it probably has something to do with the fact that a simple statement of belief in Jesus is much easier on our flesh than it is to actually believe Jesus when he tells us to do something as radical as forsaking all.)

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