Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Are You Conformed to Christ or Churchianity?

I love church, but many professing Christians speak more of their church activity, ministry, attendance, congregation, pastor, programs, traditions, etc., and very little of Christ. This is called "Churchianity", and it can draw people away from true biblical Christianity. When a person judges by the works of others and not by Christ-like-character, it should raise a big red idolatrous flag. 

We need to ask ourselves honestly: Do we speak of church and religious activity more than Christ? Is our identity in Christ or in ministry? (Isaiah 64:6) The reality is that our powerful God doesn't need us. He desires that our affections be toward Himself and His glory; and the rest will flow as a natural byproduct.

I would encourage all believers, leaders, and pastors to watch this convicting sermon which lists many of the problems in most churches. This sermon identifies very clearly why there may be a lack of holiness, spiritual growth, and a plethora of superficial and shallow "Churchianity" within congregations. MP3 Audio HERE 

"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ  and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith" Philippians 3:8-9