i’ve been a Christian since i was a freshman in high school. for years i went to church 1-3x /week. heck, i was a worship leader for the band. since graduating college i’ve gone less often, yet still donated on a monthly basis.
but now i officially quit. i quit because churches are run by cowards.
in 2020 when the “deadly” virus began, pastors everywhere bent over to follow the rules. after all, the bible tells us to:
“Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.” — Romans 13:1-2
then CALVARY CHAPEL v. NEVADA went to the supreme court. Nevada’s governor had just banned church gatherings of 50 or more, while allowing 500 to gather at movie theaters and even more at casinos.
“In Nevada, it seems, it is better to be in entertainment than religion. Maybe that is nothing new. But the First Amendment prohibits such obvious discrimination against the exercise of religion. The world we inhabit today, with a pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.” — Justice Neil Gorsuch (source)
this is the sort of evil that Christians — who by the way wrote our constitution — ought to be fighting against. instead, churches complied. and as a result, churches are going extinct.
when i moved to Korea i wanted to find a Sunday school. a friend recommended to me a bilingual, contemporary, non denominational spot that happened to be in my neighborhood. check, check, check.
then i went online to find the address. it turns out you have to apply for a free lottery ticket to attend. and should you be lucky enough to win a ticket, there is “no touching of any kind, whatsoever” allowed on the premises. according to their website this includes fist bumps.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” — Matthew 17:20
if so-called spiritual leaders are afraid of a 99.98% survival rate, how will they ever have faith the size of a mustard seed?
much scarier than the Chinese flu is a mental condition called wokeness. and it’s well known that the bible claims some very… erm… un-woke things including:
- traditional values between men and women
- heterosexual monogamy
- no free entitlements or handouts (2 Thessalonians 3:10)
meanwhile wokeism embodies an opposite set of principles. and central to the woke ideology is silencing those who don’t comply. (Catholics and Muslims practiced similar behavior during the Crusades; oh the irony).
but if you listen to a sermon at many churches today, the pastor won’t touch on “sensitive” subjects like the ones above. they’re too afraid of being put on YouTube, doxxed by 20 year old gender studies major, or worst of all: being called a racist.
a pastor i admire once told me: “the purpose of the church is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comforted.” nowadays, churches aim to please the people who hate them. reality check? they will always hate you.
humans operate like this: whenever something sucks, we instinctively try to improve it.
a few weeks ago as i was debating my decision to quit church, i received an email from Trends.co mentioning a recent $40m fundraise by Glorify, aka “Duolingo for the bible.” instantly i was intrigued.
fast forward several uses, i now have enough conviction to say this is better than church. but more importantly, this couldn’t have been true prior to our current environment.
i told my mom about my decision and she was pretty upset. she said something to the effect of “church is about gathering, it’s about other people.” to which i replied, i don’t gather with losers.
when “Christian leaders” grow back some balls i’ll consider visiting an in-person church. but i won’t wear a mask. i won’t be granted fewer rights than the degenerate gambler down the street. and i definitely will not tolerate the type of pastor who thinks Jesus would spend our tax dollars on free needles for junkies in San Francisco and New York City.
it’s not up to me to judge who is or is not a “real Christian.” but thanks to free will mercifully bestowed upon me by the voluntary crucifixion of my savior Jesus Christ, i will choose to avoid those who i believe are (at worst) charlatans, (and at best) more afraid of wokeism than our Lord (Proverbs 1:7).
finally, let us hear the good news. God never goes out of business. which begs the question: if your church shuts down, was it really doing God’s work?