5 TYPES OF CHURCH IN MODERN TIMES: Which One Is Yours?
(1) HOLIER THAN THOU CHURCH
Isaiah 65:5 KJV “Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.”
This church has a false belief that they are the only ones going to Heaven: they are of “I am holier than thou”. They have a wrong mindset that they are more holy than anyone else – holier than anyone else who is not a member of their church. They see all the members of other denominations as sinners going to hell. They don’t welcome the notorious to their church. They only listen to their pastor’s messages but the messages of other genuine pastors they reject. They segregate from the rest of the Christian believers and condemn others.
(2) THE RELIGIOUS CHURCH
Luke 18:10-14 KJV “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.’
This church is a self-righteous type of church. It practices religion – full of religious activities. It is just exactly like that Pharisee in the above quote (Luke 18:10-14 KJV). This church says you must prepare your mind and get ready to be religious before you join us; you must not be a notorious individual before you join us. They practice self-righteousness based on religion. The church uses the tools of fear and guilt in her operation to put the members in bondage.
Mental slavery of Christianity is in practice. The tragedy and the most unfortunate thing is that the members are not aware of this! This is the church of “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”. The word of authority of the General Overseer/pastor is superior to the word of God. Plague of silence and conspiracy of silence reign in this church!
In this church, General Overseer/pastor is always right as he or she (General Overseer/pastor) is unquestionable. The poor don’t have a voice or say in this church. In this church, their General Overseer or pastor is worshipable ! In this church, the General Overseer or pastor is a mediator/ intermediary or middleman between men (the church members) and God instead of Jesus Christ – 1 Timothy 2:5 KJV “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
This church also mixes the doctrine of men with the doctrine of Christ! All of them are confused but they don’t know!! This church uses religion as a potent and powerful tool to control the church members.
(3) THE BRAINWASHED CHURCH
Matthew 15:8-9 KJV “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
This church is open to everyone. Everyone is welcomed in the church. The notorious are invited but no hope of salvation for them. The notorious grow and develop with the church because the church is interested in increasing the attendance/number. The increase in number (attendance) brings more money and fame to the church.
The church’s system/structure is set up in such a way that everyone is welcomed to the church – come to the church just as you are. The church shares what they think, but respect what you think as all the members grow on this path of spirituality together. Everyone is okay in this church – “I’m okay”, “you’re okay”. No hope for the hopeless in this church in terms of salvation. Everything or anything goes in this church.
In this church, the opinions or views of the notorious are respected and never condemned in the light of the word of God as the church is not ready to lose any member who refuses to live a constant life of righteousness and holiness. The invention of human doctrine is the order of the day in this church. Salvation with holiness and righteousness is not the primary focus of this church – Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
With time, the members of this church are highly, innocuously brainwashed. They don’t study their Bible to know whether what their pastor/General Overseer is telling them is right or wrong unlike Berean Christians who studied their Bible to find out whether or not what apostle Paul was telling them is right or wrong – Acts 17:11 KJV “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”
The church members have lost contact with the reality of the word of God. The members of this church suspend their brains and delete their minds in the church. Their brains and minds are controlled by their General Overseer/pastor. They give their brains and minds to their General Overseer/pastor. They are zombie Christians. The members can die for their General Overseer/pastor rather than the word of God.
The General Overseer/pastor lives in opulence while the members live in abject poverty. The General Overseer lives a flamboyant lifestyle feeding and milking the poor members instead of the General Overseer or pastor to be the shepherd feeding the lamps and sheep (church members)!
This church uses potent and powerful tool of brainwashing/manipulation to control the church members. The pastors in this church are very skillful in twisting the scriptures to brainwash and manipulate the church members. The church members refuse and fail to know God for themselves according to Daniel 11:32 KJV “…..the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
The brainwashed church keeps her members within the four corners of the church. They brainwash people (their members) to the level of the height they will never discover and recover the individual purposes of God for their personal lives that will lead them to positively affecting and impacting their individual spheres of influence. Every genuinely born again Christian has a sphere of influence to impact life; to fulfill his or her divine calling or destiny to touch life for God in Christ Jesus.
(4) UNDER THE LAW CHURCH
Romans 6:14 KJV “….for ye are not under the law, but under grace.”
This is the church that is indirectly operating under the law of the Old Testament but not really known to the gullible Christian believers – and not really understood by the church members all together. This church says the notorious can come to the church, the door of the church is open to everyone but the grace of God is not for them forever while they are still members of the church.
The church says you can come in to join them and get your life in order with time based on attached condition which must be met and satisfied. The condition is that if you misbehave while you are still a bonafide member of the church, the church will ask you to leave. This church is biblically ignorant of this that law increases sin. They are biblically ignorant that the law condemns. The law creates fear and guilt. But the grace of God does not give the genuine Christian believers the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind because God is love – 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV and 1 John 4:8, 16 KJV “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind…..for God is love. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”
This church introduces God’s grace to the public but they will not tell them that God’s grace is never forever once they come to join and be the bonafide members of the church. The church will tell you that they would love to have you come to join them, by God’s grace. This church mixes the Old Testament with the New Testament together which they don’t even know and understand at all.
(5) UNDER THE GRACE CHURCH
Ephesians 2:5, 8 KJV “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.”
The door of this church (under the grace church) is open to everyone including the notorious. This church acknowledges and appreciates the grace of God upon their lives. The church says before now in the past, we have been condemned sinners (notorious) too but the grace of God saved us. And this grace of God is still forever available for you – anyone who is not saved ( the notorious).
Under the grace church believes that nobody is perfect except God. And everyone needs the grace of God. In this church, the grace of God that brings salvation with hope is a gift to everyone who welcomes and accepts it – Titus 2:11 KJV “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”
Therefore the church says we would love to have you come here and join us. And by God’s grace, together we are transformed in righteousness and holiness. Thus we walk the path of life that really is life in Christ Jesus – John 14:6 KJV ‘Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
This church preaches and teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ as the only hope for the transformation of the human soul, heart and life in this life on earth and the world beyond to spend eternity with the Lord Jesus Christ – 1 John 5:11-12, 20 KJV “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”
Under the grace church operates or functions as a typical kingdom Christianity where members discover and recover their individual callings or destinies and they are empowered by the church to help them fulfill their destinies on earth. The church members are not restricted to the four corners of the walls of the church building. They are built up to go out – to go out and fulfill their destinies through their individual platforms of spheres of influence.
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