Paul's Passing Thoughts

How Church Ruins Your Life

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on October 25, 2015

12088408_1201486316563031_6525778434069415145_nMeme Post #1

“Church” was never meant to be an institution, but rather a family meeting in private homes because that’s what families do. During the soon approaching Thanksgiving Day, extended families will meet together locally. In others words, for example, the Dohse family is a large family with descendants living all over the world, but more than likely, only the descendants living in the Dayton, OH area will gather together in one place. Few families maintain a purpose-built facility for meeting together. In fact, that would be deemed rather strange.

The 1st century assembly of Christ had a family mindset that is hard for us to comprehend. “They had all things in common” is not a socialist statement, it is a statement regarding their family mindset at that time. The “Church” concept did not really get a foothold in Christianity until the 4th century. The word “church” is a replacement word added to Bible translations and goes hand in glove with the institutionalization of Christianity.

One reason this is important is because families operate differently than institutions. In families, order and unity is achieved through what families are supposed to be about – love and respect. Thanksgiving dinner will go well this year because of family cooperation. Yes, there will be organization, but it will be based on many considerations other than authority. Mom and grandma will tell the men to stay out of the kitchen, and they will obey. When mom says its time to eat, everyone will come to the table. Everyone recognizes that the food part is mom’s gift. If some of the men tarry in front of the football game, aunt Beth will enter the room with a pair of scissors and threaten to cut the power cord on the big screen TV, and so it goes.

Much could be discussed here (this is a many-faceted dynamic), but the family concept circumvents cultism. Cults are predicated on authority—always. No authority, no cult; they must have authority. The integration of authority and religion always results in cultism. It starts with an authoritative presupposition resulting in a mind-control mandate. The institutional church was clearly founded on authority supposedly mandated by Christ through what we call apostolic succession. Immediately after the demise of the most prominent apostles, the so-called church fathers began clamoring for a centralized religious authority based in Rome. The home fellowships led by elders vigorously resisted this attempted transition. After a messy power struggle that lasted for more than 200 years, for the most part, home fellowships succumbed to the Roman church’s claim of apostolic succession and divine authority.

This was the beginning of the Roman Catholic Church from which Protestantism came, but the latter claimed no less authority whatsoever. The Reformation created many splinter groups that attempted to revive home fellowships, but were met with equal persecution from both Rome and Geneva. Catholics and Protestants never ceased fighting accept for the purpose of working together unofficially to persecute the various home fellowship movements that emerged. The Catholics nor Protestants had any tolerance for those who would not come under the auspices of their authority. And, if you think the vast majority of wars fought throughout history are the result of differences regarding religious authority—you rightly assess.

The claim of authority has always been, and always will be, twofold: God ordained governments to enforce religious orthodoxy, and the church’s oversight of salvation. One gets saved in the church, and through “faithfulness to the church,” the church, in turn, doles out more and more salvation until the day of judgment.

Let’s look at this in regard to meme #1. Where does God get “full custody” of his children? Look at the picture—it’s the church building. The implication follows: if you are a casual church attender, you only do business with God on the weekends or a mere one hour during Sunday service. The other implication is that you only do business with God at the temple. On the one hand, we are His “children,” but on the other hand, apparently, we only fellowship with Dad at an institution.

The idea is flawed, unnatural in regard to truly being born again into God’s family, but also has unfortunate cause and effect ramifications. If you go to a purpose-building twice on Sunday, once on Wednesday, and for whatever else is going on during the week (e.g., choir practice, visitation, revivals, men’s Bible study, women’s Bible study, youth activities, church softball league, etc., etc., etc.), when does one have any time with their own families? They don’t.

But the following is the kicker, especially in Reformed churches: on the one hand, families have little private time together, but on the other hand, they are spending what little free time they have hearing about how everyone in their family is a “sinner” or totally depraved. Then, when certain family members begin to display an aversion to the results of this construct, the church recommends separation or shunning. This is resulting in the division of families within the institutional church that is even unprecedented in the secular realm.

The institutional church is bad for your family and will destroy your marriage at worst, and will result in mere coexistence at best. Don’t sacrifice your family at the alter of showing faithfulness to God by being present at the purpose-building “every time the doors are opened.”

There should be NO disconnect between your family life and your life with God, that’s why the family of God should fellowship together right where we live, in the home.


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  1. lydia00 said, on October 25, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    It is interesting you bring this up. One of my big pet peeves with church is their attempt to institutionalize the family. It is all over even in private education Christian schools will teach a Christian world view and the first proper view is the institution of family. Which they map to the church and the Trinity.

    I always think of Jesus and what He said about his family are those that do the will of the Father.

    A comfort verse for those who grew up with neglectful or abusive parents.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 25, 2015 at 7:50 PM

      What’s up with people devoting their lives to the institutional church in exchange for verbal abuse? These guys make big bucks on the backs of the laity and then call them totally depraved to their faces. Can we say, c-u-l-t? Why do men forfeit time with their families and pay good money to hear what losers they are as husbands and fathers week in and week out? Insane.


    • Andy Young, PPT contributing editor said, on October 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM

      So glad that you have been able to find family here with all of us at PPT!


  2. lydia00 said, on October 28, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Andy, I check in for sanity. Are you guys picking up on some Neo Cals running around claiming Jesus was murdered? It is a direct line to god not following his own command to us and to legitimize David’s bad behavior. It is blowing my mind.

    Seriously, this is pagan religion stuff. The angry god killing off a lesser god to appease his anger.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 28, 2015 at 8:03 PM

      You mean like in Rick Holland’s (rumored to be MacArthur’s successor) book “Uneclipsing The Son”? yep, he goes into the whole Christ saved us from God routine in the spirit of their spiritual kissing cousin Marcion of Sinope.


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