Thursday, May 05, 2016

Jesus Founded an Unorganized Religion

Real Church is not an "organization." 

It's also not an institution. 

It's not a bureaucracy. 

It's not a democracy. 

It's not a business. 

It's not a branch of government. 

It's not a corporation. 

It's not a club. 

It's not an entertainment center. 

What is this thing called "Church?" Read the Gospels, the book of Acts, the letters of Paul to the churches, and the 7 letters to the churches in the book of Revelation.

Wendell Berry writes:

"As I have read the Gospels over the years, the belief has grown in me that Christ did not come to found an organized religion but came instead to found an unorganized one. He seems to have come to carry religion out of the temples into the fields and sheep pastures, onto the roadsides and the banks of the rivers, into the houses of sinners and publicans, into the town and the wilderness, toward the membership of all that is here. Well, you can read and see what you think." (Quoted here.)