What Church Would be Like If All Christians Were Christians

Enough weather. Back to following Christ.

I got asked today, "Why is church done the way it’s done? Why do we have the system we have?"

There’s one simple answer:

Church has to be done this way to accommodate the fact that the majority of church members aren’t saved.

What Church Would Be Like If All Christians Were Really Christians

If all "Christians" were really Christians, then we’d actually do what the Bible says …

  • When we come together, we’d all—or mostly all—come prepared to exercise our gifts when we met (1 Cor. 14:26). Opportunity would be give to all to do so (1 Cor. 14:31)
  • We’d talk about all the verses no one wants to talk about so that we could serve Christ better.
  • We’d obey the command to exhort/encourage one another every day (Heb. 3:13) rather than writing it off as incongruous with modern life.
  • It would be impossible to schedule every teaching because their would be teachers for whom teaching is a gift from God (as well as shepherds—plural—who have the ability to teach). Some teachings would have to be called impromptu, and other scheduled teachings would be canceled at times.
  • We’d talk about whether our meetings were boring and change them if they were. The meetings would probably rapidly change into something very different from three songs, offering, and a sermon.
Some churches have adopted a new traditional form of worship

  • We would pattern our church leadership after the multiple elder system of the Scriptures (Acts 14:23; 20:17,28; 1 Pet. 5:1-4), not business-style with a CEO (the pastor), VP’s of the various departments (associate pastors), and a board of directors (deacon or elder board)
  • We’d care about the use of episkopos, presbuteros, and poimen in Scripture.
  • We’d stop accusing the Roman Catholics of violating Matthew 23:9 until we stopped referring to our CEO as "Pastor such and such."
  • We’d live like a family and expect to have input when a brother or sister takes a job, moves, marries, and certainly massive involvement should there ever be a divorce.
  • Those who expect privacy—meaning the family of God minding its own business on such issues—on such issues would be told they’re not Christians.

There’s a lot more examples that could be given. You who read this could probably give better examples than I could.

A Warning

It would do us well to take note of the fact that ALL of us once lived our lives under the influence of and in subjugation to the Prince of the Power of the Air, the spirit that currently works in the sons of disobedience.

All your unsaved church members are doing the same.

So if over half your congregation is not even interested in Jesus’ requirements for a disciple (Luke 14:26-33), then the devil does the majority of the voting in every one of your business meetings.

Yeah. Shocking, huh?


About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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2 Responses to What Church Would be Like If All Christians Were Christians

  1. John Michael says:

    Unfortunately, most church goers who watch this video will probably laugh at the obsurdity and keep doing the same thing expecting different results, just shrug their shoulders either not knowing what to do or how to start, or not really care or even see the need for change. But I think we can pray and ask our heavenly father to open eyes: in us that we will seek to get the message out (maybe start by forwarding this blog, for instance) ; in those in that system that they will have ears to hear and dedicated hearts and lives that won't give up until they get an answer and walk in it.

  2. Dave C says:

    The video was very funny, but for all the wrong reasons. I found myself laughing at the absurdity of what passes for Christianity these days.

    It is like everything is designed to play on your emotions, or provide entertainment. Normally you are entertained first and then whipped up emotionally… and then what are you left with when the “show” is over? What do they offer you to sustain you when things get tough?

    The whole thing makes me very sad. What does God want us to do to turn things around? How can we overcome the mega-church, mega-entertainment industry? Or is it too late?

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