Paul's Passing Thoughts

Understanding God Requires an Exodus From the Institutional Church

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on March 18, 2015

I have been on a spiritual journey for eight years now. It started in 2007, and continues to this day. I was saved in 1983, and by the time 2007 came, I had lost hope that I would ever be part of a church that made a real difference in people’s lives. Indeed, as a new believer who was very zealous, I immediately found myself at odds with the institutional church on many levels. I am far from being part of a few that share this testimony.

The hardest part? Feeling alone amidst the compromise. By 2010, all of my mentors were no longer my mentors. The ones I knew personally threw me under the bus. However, I never lost hope in God. I always knew God wasn’t the problem; I knew church was the problem.

“Church” is a very valuable term. It is the common name of the institutional church which began to emerge in the 4th century. It made a distinction between itself and the Jewish model of home fellowships. Replacement theology not only proffered the idea that the Gentiles had replaced Israel as God’s chosen people, it also proffered the idea that institutions predicated on spiritual caste replaced the home fellowship model. The institutional church, or simply “church,” began with the Roman Catholic Church and its many offshoots including Protestantism.

Ancient paganism and mythological religions have always been temple based and Judaism was always the exception. I know what you are thinking, but please remember that there was always ONE holy temple that was obviously too small for corporate worship purposes. Now, each and every believer is that “temple” in which the Holy Spirit dwells, and there was only one place in the temple where God’s holiness could dwell—in the inner room, the most holy place, the Holy of Holies. God in us, the hope of glory, and if our bodies are God’s temple, then our bodies are the Holy of Holies. That is the only place God dwells in the temple.

Worship is not a place, it’s the person who is God’s temple. The institutional church makes worship a place—this is unavoidable in every regard.

Brick and mortar temple worship has always brought man low and made him the disdain of angry capricious gods, and church is no different. The undisputed hero of Protestantism, John Calvin, stated that men are but worms that crawl upon the earth. Luther and Calvin created the institutional model that thrives today among most denominations. Like all pagan gods before, the Protestant god created man for his self-glory and self-love, a god that created evil in order to glorify himself by contrast.

The most pious of Protestants beg and weep for mercy while not daring to have any promise of eternal life, but only the eternal torment they deserve. Yea, even the Christ who died for certain men will personally torment the ones he did not choose for eternity.

Though not all Protestants embrace this extreme, they pick and choose from the same orthodoxy resulting in lesser fears clothed in confusion and the debating over words.

When one believes that he/she really has the anointing of the Holy Spirit, when one turns off the Christian radio, when one makes the Bible the only authority for truth, as the seeking unfolds, a much different God emerges. What emerges is a God that is near us and in us. What emerges is a God who will leave His home in heaven and dwell among men. He is a God who created man from the dust, but became one with man in order to redeem him. God responded to sin by making man more than a creation—he responded by making man His very own family. He responded by casting our sin away into an infinite distance, and using that same infinite distance to measure His infinite oneness.

To remain a part of church is to trade God’s love for being a worm. It is tantamount to rejecting the new birth that makes God your literal Father. It rejects the gift of holiness for a weeping sinhood that falsely accuses God and appoints him with mythological tyrants.

John Piper once said that God entered history through Jesus Christ. Not so—God entered man through Jesus Christ and made it possible for man to be His literal eternal family in the here and now. We are not sinners, we are brothers with Christ and He is not ashamed to call us such.

Come out from among them and be separate. Seek to please the God who has made us family. Come to the realization of who you are as Christ’s brother and a citizen of God’s kingdom. And your brother is the king of the eternal kingdom, and He is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters.

We are heirs and not worms—come out from among them.


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  1. Andy Young, contributing editor said, on March 18, 2015 at 11:32 AM

    Great article! Wow. The reality of that sentiment in that last paragraph really moved me! My Brother is the King! Halleluiah!


  2. Gail said, on March 18, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Paul, the paragraph beginning with, “When one believes that he/she really has the anointing…” really encouraged me, so true, how we listen to Christian radio, read all the Christian books, filling our minds with all the confusion that these bring, rather than settling down to reading the Bible and allowing God to reveal Himself. Thank you for this, I needed that reminder.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on March 18, 2015 at 9:04 PM

      You are more than welcome.


  3. Martin said, on February 9, 2017 at 1:22 AM


    Your article dated, January 22, 2017, begins with:

    “Assurance of salvation comes from understanding the new birth >>AND<< knowing there is no law to judge you.”

    We both agree on the two parts straddling the conjunction. We understand that the new birth was literal >>AND<< that now there is no law to judge us.”

    You experienced your new birth back in 1983 >>BUT<< you did not come to the knowledge of the second part “therefore now there is no condemnation” until 2007. That means that for 24 years you lived under the law as part of the institutional church.

    Does that mean that one can be born again >>AND<< still live obliviously under the law? Is such a person saved? Fully or only partially?



    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on February 9, 2017 at 8:31 PM

      Huh? A born again person can lack assurance because of being misinformed about the law’s role in salvation. Because I was only taught a single perspective on the law and was misinformed about it does not mean I was actually under law. In fact, I would have certainly denied that I was under law but rather under grace. Functioning as one who felt condemned by the law didn’t make me under law. My focus was NOT sinning; not loving by the law. In regard to feelings, why do I feel like you think I am stupid and are using the question to put me in the same category as Dee the philosopher queen?


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