Paul's Passing Thoughts

Reflection on the “Chameleon” Post

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 13, 2014

10398469_1057314164900_7208696_nAges ago, as a blogger rookie, this was one of my first posts. I wrote mostly about symptoms back then, and would like to add an addendum to the end that answers the “why?” question in regard to what I have perceived for years in the institutional church…

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Wikipedia has this definition of the Chameleon Lizard: “All chameleon species are able to change their skin colors. Different chameleon species are able to change different colors which can include pink, blue, red, orange, green, black, brown, yellow and turquoise. Recent research indicates that they do not typically change their color for reasons of camouflage, but instead use color changes as a method of communication, including making themselves more attractive to potential mates.”

Over the years, I have observed the “Chameleon Christian,” and like the lizard, they seem to be the most common form of Christian species these days, as Wikipedia later states concerning the Chameleon. Also like the lizard, they change colors to communicate favorably and appear attractive. To be more specific, they follow whatever teaching happens to be in front of them at the time. This is a phenomenon that has always been hard for me to comprehend, but no less true. You put John MacAuthor in their church one day, they will follow him. Put Joel Osteen in there the next day, they will follow him and adapt accordingly. Compare this to what Scripture says about the Christians at Berea: “Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily {to see} whether these things were so.”

The Bereans wouldn’t even give the Apostle Paul a pass on what he taught. So what are you? Are you a Chameleon Christian, or a Berean?

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I see now that the reason for this is simple; it matters little about the truth within the institutional church, salvation comes by being faithful to the institution itself. In many cases,  new leadership will posit doctrine that turns what prior leaders took 20 years to establish completely upside down. Nevertheless, people will remain faithful to that particular church without a whimper. Why?

Because it’s the institution that saves, not the truth taught within the institution.


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  1. trust4himonly said, on November 14, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Yes I hear this so often. In fact, the term “church” is used more in talking about Christianity than using the name Jesus. I have experienced this with family members- “If you don’t go to church you are not right with God…..”; “Not going to church is the reason our country is………”. The institution places more value in the building, elders, pastor, programs, etc…… than in personal fellowship and sanctification with Jesus. The name Jesus is just a side dish of the main entree- the church.


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