Pagan Christianity

All Protestant architecture produces the same sterile effects taht were present in the Constanitinian basilicas. They continue to maintain the unbiblical division between clery and liaty. And they encourage the congregation to assume a spectator role…. Christian architecture has stalemated the functioning of God’s people since it was born in the fourth century. Pg 37

… the architecture emphasizes fellowship between God and His people via the pastor! Pg 40

Somehow we have been taught to feel holier when we are in “the house of God” and have inherited a pathological dependency upon edivide to carry out our worship to God… The building is an architectural denial of the priesthood of all believers. Pg 42

the New Testamen vision of the church meeting is one in which every member functions and participates in the gathering. Pg 45

[Whitefield] is the man that shifted the emphasis in preaching from God’s plans for the church to God’s plans for the individual. Pg 65

The Protestant liturgy that you quietly sit through every Sunday, year after year, actually hinders spiritual transformation. It does so because (1) it encourages passivity, (2) it limits functioning, and (3) it implies that putting in one hour per week is the key to the victorious Christian life. Pg 77

Quoting John McNeil: “A church that does not experience community is a parody, a sham” Pg 81

Mainstream evangelicalism has made the profound error of divorcing soteriology (salvation) from ecclesiology (church practice). Pg 82

the entire service is often judged by the quality of the sermon…. Remove the sermon and you have eliminated the most important source of spiritual nourishment for countless numbers of believers (so it is thought). Pg 86

The most important ministry is restricted to a few “special” believers…. Eminent scholar James D. G. Dunn put it best when he said that the clergy-laity tradition has done more to undermine New Testament authority than most heresies. Pg 127

The unscriptural clergy/laity distinction has done untold harm to the body of Christ. It has divided the believing community into first and second-class Christians. The clergy/laity dichotomy perpetuates and awful falsehood – namely, that some Christians are more priviledged than others to serve the Lord. Pg 136

We expect doctors and lawyers to serve us, not to train us to serve others. And why? Because they are experts. They are trained professionals. Unfortunately, we look upon the pastor in the same way. All of this does violence to the fact that every believer is a priest. Not only before God, but to one another. Pg 137

In effect, the present-day pastor tries to shoulder the fifty-eight New Testament “one another” exhortations all by himself. (ie. love one another, serve one another) Pg 140

Contemporary theological teaching is data-transfer education…. Theological competence and a high-voltage intellect alone to not qualify a person to serve in God’s house. Pg 216

Unlike Christians today, the early Christians did not share Christ out of guilt, command, or duty. They shared Him because He was pouring out of them, and they could not help it! It was a spontaneous, organic thing – born out of life, not guilt. Pg 237

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