From ‘Christianity’ to Cult

‘Christianity’ can now be summed up in three words; ‘My Pastor said’. Majority of those professing to be ‘Christians’ are simply people who visit a four-walled building once (or whichever times) a week for some hours of spiritual dispensation from a ‘man or woman of God’. What they claim to be God’s Word is a manual opened on Sabbaths or cute verses plastered on the rear of their cars and other possessions. Far be it for a ‘Christian’ to read the Bible daily. In fact, far be it for a ‘Christian’ to think like Christ, let’s consult Pastor first. Far be it for a ‘Christian’ to know God’s will in their life, my mentor knows best. Unfortunately, the focus of ‘Christianity’ is increasingly shifting from Christ to ‘Christians’.

From Christianity to Cult

 

Granted, Pastors and other leaders are chosen by God to make known Christ- not themselves. In fact, Paul writes the work of apostles, evangelists, pastors and teachers is to ‘prepare God’s people for the works of service so that the body of Christ might be built up until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ’ (Ephesians 4:12-13). However, many ‘Christians’ (including me in the recent past) are not prepared for God’s service as they believe that the ‘man or woman of God’ has been appointed to do just that. Paul tells believers, ‘In fact though by this time you ought to be teachers’ (Hebrews 5:12).

Instead of ‘studying to show themselves approved as workmen unto God’ (2 Timothy 2:15), many ‘Christians’ are working hard to join church membership and rise ranks in ministry to show themselves approved to their Pastors and fellow believers. Such nominal Christians give room for false prophets to mar Christianity’s name and bestow upon themselves ultimate say and authority. Unlike the early Church where the apostles considered themselves ‘servants of God’, many now are claiming to be gods. Coupled with many ‘Christians’ passivity, the Church fails to ‘grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ’ (Ephesians 4:15). Many believers fail to know the true Head nor the Words He says;

‘And do not call anyone on earth father, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’, for you have one Teacher, the Christ.’

‘He (Jesus) replied to him, ‘Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?’ Pointing to his disciples he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.’

(Matthew 23:9-10) (12:48-50)

Many ‘Christians’ fail to do the will of God and instead do the will of men. ‘Christianity’ is becoming a game of charades with emphasis on outward appearances, mere confessions and irrelevant religious activities. Many ‘Christians’ worship man so much that a God whom they say is omnipresent can only be found in their Church because of the anointing of the ‘man or woman of God’. Paul writes to the Church in Corinth, ‘You are still worldly…For one says, “I follow Paul”, and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe’ (1 Corinthians 3:4-5).

Paul leaves a question, and all those who purport to be ‘Christians’ should ask themselves;

‘Was Paul (insert whichever name) crucified for you? Were you baptised into the name of Paul?’ ~    1 Corinthians 1:13

27 thoughts on “From ‘Christianity’ to Cult

  1. I believe that during this shutdown when we can’t physically go into our church God is challenging us to grow. We either are going to be more real and involved in our relationship with Jesus or allow our hearts to drift further from Him. Thank God for His grace that never gives up on us!

    • Thank you for your comment Pastor Pete. Yes it has been challenging but God might just want us to experience Him on a personal level. Indeed His grace is sufficient in all times. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Very informative but the Bible is so diverse and everything done and not done can be reasoned with a verse or passage. E.g people ask why Catholics confess through priests but John 20:19-23 gives them legitimate reason.
    I think for a Christian, whatever the practices that are always aiming and glorifying God, if the bedrock of your faith is Christ(the way, truth and light) then why berate some practices which have solid foundations in the Bible. As a Christian, as long as it’s Christ first, then honour the Bible in any other way you see fit

    • Thanks for stopping by Jude 🙂 True the Bible is diverse in that in shows us all about life but I do not believe it is meant for us to use Scriptures to fit our viewpoints (although this may seem to work) but rather change our viepoint using Scripture with understanding from the Holy Spirit as God intends. Regarding John 20:19, Scriptures should not be looked in isolation and looked within context and in relation with other Scriptures. Jesus says He only has the power to forgive sins (Mark 2:10) but also as He says that if we do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive our sins (Matthew 6:15). This is repeated in John it does not give men (Priests) power to forgive sins but tells us all in the role we have to play to forgive others. Ultimately, most Christians fail to honour Christ because they fail to understand and honour His very Word, the Bible. Believing in Christ and putting Him first as you say is very important but we should grow in Him and He provides His Word for that so we cannot merely discard it but with the help of Holy Spirit understand it and not by men’s interpratation. Thanks again for your comment 🙂

      • I do agree with some of what you said but disagree on the fact that only one interpretation of the Bible can be correct, for so many are guided by the Holy spirit.
        It does not make sense to say not to use something literally then base it literally on other words said. The Bible is timeless and is layered with timeless interpretations so the way we travel along the path is not set in black and white. So I echo, that as long as Christ is at the core for Christians, we must not assume their interpretations are wrong

      • I agree with you in that it is timeless, but timeless in its application and not interpratation rather. Sole interpration should be left to the Holy Spirit, and true many are guided by the Holy Spirit. I appreciate your comments 🙂

  3. This is thought provoking!!! We all just really need to work on our relationship with God. We all need to have a personal connection to Jesus beyond the wisdom of this world. Our question should be, do I know Jesus? When last did I take time aside to acknowledge His love and presence? I pray that God will increase the awareness of His love in our hearts. Amen.

    • Great to hear from you Temiloluwa! 🙂 That is true, we all need to know God at a personal level and become His disciples because He has commissioned ALL believers to share the Gospel in whatever way He equips us. Be bleesed 🙂 Amen

  4. Hmmm…this is something we really need to ponder on, we believers should learn to grow by ourselves with the help of the Holyspirit and not always be spoon-fed. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Carolyne, I really enjoyed reading this a lot. I think one of the first things that happens when we choose to become ‘serious’ about Christ is that He delivers us from people. This sets us free to seek and know Him intimately while still honoring the men and women of God in our lives of course. Without this ‘deliverance’ we will never quite grow to the full stature of Christ which you mentioned😀

  6. I feel the history written within the Old Testament is being dismissed here. I am certainly not one to argue that the “my pastor said” culture isn’t dangerous. In fact, it’s one of the primary reasons I’ve been without a church my entire adult life (going on 18 years now). However, the Old Testament shows the Israelites relying heavily upon the Levis and elders for leadership and guidance in all things Godly. Today, that’s been replaced by our pastors which are suppose to be led by God. Paul, who operated as an Apostle at a different time, seems to encourage this kind of leadership- stating that there is effectively a chain of command- and in some studies of the Timothy letters, women were at the bottom of it, perhaps second lowest only to children.

    Breaking free of this cycle requires every Christian to understand that we live in a time when we have the education to read for ourselves. If one understands this, then one can better grasp that we have only more recently been able to move into an era where we can truly break free of the Christian Cult. For it is only when we’ve been given the ability to read and have the education for reading comprehension, that we no longer need to say “my pastor”. Just my 2 cents

    • Thank you for your comment, I appreciate your feedback. In the Old Testament, people did not have direct access to God and only the Levites could though still with restrictions and much consecration (their lives were at risk if they missed the steps to consecration). It is only the coming of Christ that we are now Christians, and maybe that’s why I did not mention the Old Testament in this context. I am sorry to hear that you haven’t been in Church that long and I hope that you still have fellowship with like-minded believers in some form. Finding a good Church can be hard nowadys but I believe there are many good Christ-centred Churches which one can plug into, as I myself do not discount Church altogether (throwing the baby with the bathwater). Although Paul and other Apostles were of a different time, their message remain same and relevant today. The early Church never discounted womens’ role. It is even Paul who writes in Galatians 3:28 that, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. The Couple Priscilla and Acquilla were also critical in the early church and yet the wife is always mentioned first then the husband. In Spiritual matters, women are no less than men but in the family set-up, the man is the head of the home just as Christ is the head of the Church.

      I agree with you that we should know God on a personal level. Christianity is not a cult but many now seem to turn it into one because they refuse to grow even outside of the Church. Jesus Himself wnet to the temple on Sabbaths but in many occassions would withdraw to Himself to pray. Everything has its place. Thank you again for your comment and may God Himself light your path 🙂

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  8. I agree with a lot of what you wrote. Other points I need to go back and reassess(I read it while trying to tend to my 2 and 3 yr olds) …I was part of a Pentecostal church for 10 years. I surely believe the Lord allowed COVID-19 to clean up a lot of the mess going on in his church. I have been quarantine since mid September of this year, to get to know God closely. Can you believe many of the things I was skeptical about for the past 10 years I got answers to in the past three months. This is to support what you are saying and I agree, there are cults, there is witchcraft in the church and not many Christians are aware of how much their salvation is at stake. I pray the Lord continues to bless you. I am starting to look into creating a voice for myself through blogging- please keep me in prayer so that I may be effective in my new mission as I also have 3 daughters young in age that require a lot of my attention. God bless you!

    • Hi Gladys! I appreciate your comment and thank you for sharing your experience. Thank you also for taking time to read amid your busy schedule. I’m glad that you have found clarity from God for yourself and I pray that you find a Church post-quarantine because all hope is not lost as there are still many Bible-based Pentecostal Churches. I shall keep you in prayers regarding your blogging and will also look forward to reading your content. God bless you and your children too 😊

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