Manipulation is a sign of counterfeit Christianity

Manipulation is a sign of counterfeit Christianity. Coercive Christianity is aversive to voluntary surrender to the living Jesus Christ. The freedom to think creatively can never be taken away, but it’s often freely surrendered.

Church, by its nature, is coercive. It demands silence, passivity, and submission to its programs, from those in attendance.

The living Jesus doesn’t need a religious program, intermediary, or organization in order to interact with you. Jesus said “Make disciples,” not “Train people to hear a weekly sermon for the rest of their life.”

People who are pushed into church don’t have much joy. People who eagerly jump into obeying the living Jesus overflow with joy.

People with closed hearts have only superficial connections with other people. It’s better to have a deep heart than a deep pocket. Heart-felt connections make people happier than just accumulating money.

When Christianity is merged into an organizational structure, it loses most of it’s freedom, spontaneity, and supernatural power. The mistranslation of ekklesia as church is a big deal. That’s because it makes people think that today’s religious organizations are sanctioned by the Bible.

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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