Church Is Largely a Sham

Many Christians would rather feel holy/spiritual/righteous/good than actually be holy/spiritual/righteous/good.

Church becomes a place that makes sinners feel better about themselves without addressing their sin.

Since sin isn’t addressed, people go home and sin. Then they feel bad because deep down they know sin is bad. They feel guilty.

What shall we do with the guilt?

Ooo, ooo! I know: Let’s get together and sing happy songs and exchange happy thoughts until we all feel holy/spiritual/righteous/good again!

Awesome! All the guilt goes away. We all feel loved and fulfilled. All ready for a new week of sinning!

This goes on week after week until finally the person just gives up. They know the whole thing is a sham. Church practice shows that sin isn’t that big of a deal anyway. I did my time. God loves me, the church has told me that for years, so, I’m out.

On the flip side, there is a minority of churches out there that actually address sin and tell people to knock it off. They preach Scriptural sermons that talk about the Holy Spirit’s work in the power of the Gospel to set people free from sin’s bondage.

Most people leave those churches because that’s legalism don’t ya know?!

People want to feel good about being bad. The Bible is too real for such an approach though.

When a person is supposed to feel bad; Scripture makes them feel bad. When a person is supposed to feel good; Scripture makes them feel good.

Church largely makes people who are bad feel good, and people who are good feel bad. It tells people “Peace, peace” when there is no peace.

Satan is a deceiver. His job is to make people who are not saved feel like they are, and make people who are saved feel like they aren’t.

If you put 2 and 2 together here, you’ll perhaps think I am saying that Satan is running the majority of churches in the world.

You would be correct.

4 thoughts on “Church Is Largely a Sham”

  1. For a lot of my early Christian life I saw God as loving and forgiving, to the extent that sin didn’t really matter. Of course I knew sinning was wrong, but if I sinned God would forgive me anyway.
    I tried to avoid sin (well, I tried a little bit, without much conviction) but occasionally I even reasoned with myself that I could just give in to temptation THIS time because God would forgive me afterwards.

    Maybe that kind of thinking is common, because I’ve often heard Christians (even long term Christians) saying it’s impossible for us not to sin. They think such talk is “spiritual” and gives glory to God because we are nothing without His love and forgiveness.

    In reality such talk is a cop-out, continually excusing ourselves of responsibility, not far from the claim that “the devil made me do it”, but amended slightly to “my sinful flesh, or my sin nature, made me do it”.

    Some go to the other extreme and claim that genuine Christians won’t sin, or even more extreme CAN’T sin.
    All kinds of strange ideas being preached and believed…

    I have come to realise that yes I’m human and I sometimes sin – but I hope I’ve learned and grown enough in my faith that I sin a lot less than I did as a new Christian, and hopefully I’m not falling into the same old “basic” sins that may be understandable for someone new to the faith.

    I don’t expect to sin. I don’t consider sin inevitable in my life. But I don’t consider myself immune.
    God equips the believer to be free of sin. But IF we sin “we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” and “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

    Seeing sin as an inevitability in our lives sets us up for failure and gives us an excuse for that failure.
    If I see freedom from sin as an achievable target, I might not actually hit the bullseye, but I’m more likely to get close than I would if I didn’t aim for it at all.

  2. Theology has really gotten busy on this issue, trying to convince people that sin isn’t that bad. There are many ways to accomplish this, none of which are consistent with Scripture. On the other side are those who freak themselves out about sin, live in constant terror, and fear for their souls.

    Meeting those people is very rare now. Seemingly everyone today is cool with sin and has the three verses that explain why that’s ok. As Paul said, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” It doesn’t get much simpler than that. The Gospel gives us the power and means to do so. And when we do sin, as you said, we have an advocate with the Father.

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