Today’s churches declare that Jesus is Lord, but then demonstrate that they are not in submission to Him by how they are divided.
In New Testament days there was only one church. Oh, they met in different places but it’s clear from the apostle’s writings that there was only one church in each city. After all, there was the epistle to Rome, Corinth, Ephesus, and so on. There were not letters to the Ephesian Baptists, the Ephesian Methodists, the Ephesian Presbyterians, and so on. In fact, when the church in Corinth showed the initial signs of dividing along such lines, the apostle Paul rebuked it sharply (see 1 Corinthians chapters 1 through 3).
Today’s churches exist in over 30,000 denominations, proving they they are no longer subject to a single Lord. The first part of Ephesians 5:24 says that the church was subject to Christ. Well, it has long since abandoned that subjection and gone off entirely in its own direction – or rather, directions.
In the night before He was crucified, Jesus prayed that those who believed in Him would be one (John 17:22). Earlier in His ministry, Jesus taught that any kingdom divided against itself would fall (Matthew 12:25). How can today’s churches claim with a straight face that Jesus is their Lord? Alas, when I was a pastor I used to claim that He was Lord of me and my church, too. But He opened my eyes and I saw that I was serving myself more than I was serving Him. Therefore, I repented. That is, I changed. I’m no longer a pastor. I no longer have a church. I no longer go to church. Rather, I seek to obey the Lord.
The church doesn’t need reforming – it needs to be abandoned. Instead of going to church, obey Jesus. He said that we should turn from selfishness and love one another. He also said that we should be humble. Therefore, don’t associate with any group that thinks it’s holier than everyone else. Instead, be holy in your behavior. Husbands and wives, love each other and your children. Children, honor your parents. Live for morality, not for gain. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.