Close Your Church for Good, Chap. 1, Sec 3.
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It’s not an issue of motives. I truly believe that the average Christian church does its best to worship the One True God, teach and obey Scriptures, and help people become faithful followers of Jesus Christ. I also believe, however, that over the years, certain practices have been adopted and elements have crept in which are not only contrary to Scripture, but are contrary to Jesus Christ, His life, and His message. These practices and elements have become so normal and accepted within Christianity that we believe they are “from Jesus” or “by the Holy Spirit” when they are not. Their source is the Deceiver himself. In some ways, “church” has become more like Satan than like Jesus. Nevertheless, these practices have become so ingrained in “church” that any attempt to strip them out results in mass anger and resentment. Those who sound the alarm get accused of trying to destroy the church.
But maybe destruction is necessary. It is only through death that resurrection to new life is possible. That’s what this book is about: Destroying the church as we know it so that it can be raised to new life. We will challenge some of the long-held assumptions about what the church is, what it does, and how it functions and is organized. This process will feel like the destruction of the church. But as a result, beauty will rise from the ashes, new life from the grave, and light will shine forth in the darkness.
Before any assumptions are challenged, the premise must be defended. Is it really true that the church has been influenced by Satanic elements and values? How can this be when all that the church stands for is opposed to the devil and his works?