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2007-01-01

Sometimes we just take too much for granted. We no longer critically examine what we hold to be true, being content with skipping merrily along on yesterday’s convictions and beliefs. Having been a card-carrying member of Churchianity for over 47 years, I can tell you that what I’m about to list is true and typical. By bringing it to light, I hope to free anyone still resting on these fragile points.

So I ask the following: Show me where the Bible says:

I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The vast majority of rules and assumptions burdening the churches today are fabrications of tradition. They have no grounding in scripture at all, and in fact violate what the NT teaches for believers. They are clubs really, making people feel religious and pious.

Yes, real believers participate in this, as I did for most of my life. But God never intended any of that; he wanted to set us free from legalism and outward religion, replacing it with freedom and a Relationship. You can have both salvation and legalism— but why?

Why carry this extra burden, one which fosters many shallow or false conversions, one which keeps most people in a perpetual parent/child relationship with the clergy or the teachers? Why pay all that money to buildings and programs that largely benefit the comfortable, instead of giving directly to the poor? Why not just be the NT church the way Jesus and Paul told us?

And why put off leaving The Institution another day?