Abusive Churches pt 5

This next point is huge. I have seen this over and over and over. These churches do not want to associate with other churches because of fear and insecurity not because they are elite as they try to portray.

5. Denouncing All Other Churches

Let us now take a look at the fifth characteristic: abusive churches usually denounce all other Christian churches. They see themselves as spiritually elite. They feel that they alone have the truth and all other churches are corrupt. Therefore, they do not associate with other Christian churches. They often refer to themselves as some special group such as, “God’s Green Berets,” “The faithful remnant,” or “God’s end-time army.” There is a sense of pride in abusive churches because members feel they have a special relationship with God and His movement in the world. In his book Churches That Abuse, Dr. Ron Enroth quotes a former member of one such group who states, “Although we didn’t come right out and say it, in our innermost hearts we really felt that there was no place in the world like our assembly. We thought the rest of Christianity was out to lunch.” However the Bible makes it clear, that there are no spiritually elite groups or churches. Ephesians 4:3þ6 states, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope, when you were called, one Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all.”

The Christian church universal is united by the same God, the same Holy Spirit, and the fundamental beliefs of the Bible which include such things as the Trinity, authority of the Bible, the death and resurrection of Jesus, the deity of Christ, justification by faith alone, and so on. In these central truths we stand united. A church which believes itself to be elite and does not associate with other Christian churches is not motivated by the spirit of God but by divisive pride.

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~ by pennymaxwell on July 31, 2008.

2 Responses to “Abusive Churches pt 5”

  1. The Abusive Church series has been phenomenal, extraordinary and unfortunately absolutely true. I hope everyone sends this to friends and family they feel may be in these Spiritually deteriorating environments.

  2. You know Gary people have been telling me how much they have been enjoying this series of blogs but most have been doing so privately. I am glad that you are speaking publicly because so many people need to hear what from others experiences and just hear from people in general. I have not had a series with so few “public” comments before but I know people are chewing on what I am writing privately. Thanks for going on the record.

    Just so others know, you can comment anonymously too bu simply writing that in the name place. Your email and so forth will not show up.

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