The Bible records the believers as being called ‘Christians’ first at Antioch. Prior to that moment in time what were they called? Disbelievers in Judaism? Followers of the Carpenter’s son? Religion isn’t under attack, it’s being called out!
Mankind has always loved labels, social silos. We are Christians. We are Catholics. We are Adventists. We want to identify with or belong to groups, fit in, be compliant like everyone else, be pliable like the believers who never read the Bible centuries ago, follow rules, don’t ask any questions, don’t make any ruckus. Be and behave like everyone else in this church.
The drawback? We stop thinking and make ourselves incapable of thinking different and do not live like Christ.
Christ as a teenager was asking questions and debating the teachers in the temple. What about you? Will you question your bishop or pastor if he preaches some self serving doctrine, does something wrong or you will hang onto his every word because God’s anointed must not be touched and everything he says is inspired? You are not Christ like then.
Christ questioned the teachers and then schooled them. Christ chased the money changers out of the temple.
Can you do likewise or you already have a convenient excuse and justification for the sale of blessed handkerchiefs and dzowoe in the church?
Organized religion teaches you to follow your church or cult leader, not Christ. Which church do you think Christ will attend if he incarnates a third time?
Catholic? No way. Dude won’t pray to his mom.
Jehovah Witness? Impossible. The guy who exchanged words with a Samaritan woman when his religious culture forbids him to will find the JWs aversion to entering other churches unrighteous.
Adventist? Nope. He won’t have anything to do with a group that sought to predict the day of Christ’s return when the scripture explicitly states that nobody can know. Too, the church is clannish. Not ideal for the man who dined with sinners.
Christ will find it hard identifying with any of the Christian churches we have today or belonging to a particular religious sect. They’ve all departed from the Word of God and are following what their church makes of the Bible, their private interpretations.
No scripture is of private interpretation? They missed that one or do not understand it.
Christ was a revolutionist. He was diffrent. He taught a different way to what prevailed in his time. He disdained the organized religion of his day. He rebelled. He asked questions. He provided answers.
If despite everything the Bible teaches, you are still okay with making an idol out of your religious leaders, hanging onto their every word, accepting everything they say or do as right and wont to following the rules of men in the form of denominational dogma and prescribed rituals, then you do not have the mind of Christ.
The message Christ preached was simple enough, but organized religion rewrote and rephrased it just so that it can sell it to the masses at cutthroat prices.
You sure you are imitating Christ? Don’t make the mistake of leaving your salvation in the hands of a man or think it is your church with its denominational dogma that saves you. It doesn’t. It can’t.
Take a good look at your church. What does it look like? A gathering of Christ imitators or a social club for modern day Pharisees and Sadducees?