Paul's Passing Thoughts

The Institutional Church is NOT a Body, an Authority, or a Kingdom

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 6, 2015

ppt-jpeg4Don’t get me wrong, Christians need to fellowship together on a regular basis. It is not enough to leave the institutional church; there should be a replacement. The members of Christ’s body should get together wherever we can and do what Christ wants us to do as His hands and feet. When members get together, wherever they gather is an expression of the body, or body of Christ. That could be in a field, in the woods, at a MacDonald’s restaurant, or someone’s home. To the degree that members gather, a body is expressed. The members are believers who have gifts. The gifts have no authority, and there is not a quorum of gifts that make a body fellowship legitimate.

With that said, the body of Christ assembled together has only the sky as its limit. While it is true that there is only one head and one authority, that being Christ, that doesn’t exclude the organizing of gifts to accomplish astounding things for the glory of God. Believers have too much big government mentality in their spirituality, whether the nanny state or the nanny institutional church, lack of confidence in the individual always has ill results. The body of Christ has far more reason to have confidence in individual members: we are a nation of holy priests indwelt by the Holy Spirit.

In contrast, purveyors of the institutional church speak to the complete inability of the individual as  opposed to Peter calling us a “holy priesthood.” Below, I have posted an example video clip.  Leaders of the institutional church make it clear that individual members are toast without God’s “shepherds.” Christ said he would send us “another Helper” (the Holy Spirit) who will lead us in all truth, and that is in addition to Himself, so how could these “shepherds” possibly be so efficacious?

Another thing claimed by the institutional church is that Christ has given it authority over individual lives and all other authorities. Before the American idea came along, institutional churches of all stripes under the auspices of Catholic or Protestant maintained standing armies. Until America came along, the vast majority of wars, especially in Europe, were religious wars. It is a historical convenience for parishioners of the Institutional church to suggest obedience for unity sake, but historically, the religious authorities that they submit to have never gotten along with others until American jurisprudence arrived. In fact, the present-day face of the institutional church to a large degree, the Neo-Calvinist movement, disdains the Americanism that prevents them from subduing “every corner of the earth.” Their well publicized lack of temperance for those who disagree with them are expressed as desires for said subjects to be run over by buses, thrown into wood chippers, and launched high into the air with catapults.

That brings me to the next point. God’s kingdom is not on earth. We are not only a holy priesthood, we are “ambassadors,” “aliens,” and “sojourners.” Our kingdom is yet in heaven. The institutional church is not God’s kingdom.

Don’t submit yourselves to delusional men who have visions of grandeur regarding a bogus authority granted by a kingdom that doesn’t exist. And their institution is not the body of Christ. Rather, find actual members to fellowship and serve with. The apostle John said such fellowship is also with the Father and Son who are always present. That’s who our fellowship is with, and the Bible is the standard for it—not the delusional musings of those obsessed with power and renown among other men. We are called to real body fellowship where the focus is individual gifts, not the glory of mystic despots.


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  1. Alan said, on November 7, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    I would like to discipline this wing-nut (J. MacArthur) by a speedy delivery of my size12 boot into his hubristic backside. It’s not bad enough that he is deceived, he uses his position and contrived “authority” to deceive others.

    I know “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” So, sadly, “Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” seems to be more what we are dealing with.

    Thanks Paul, Susan and TTANC associates! Keep up the good work, you are a blessing.


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