Beware of Hypocrisy

I wrote this book as a warning to those who learned all they know about Christianity from a church instead of through reading and studying the New Testament, especially the Gospels, themselves. Exclusively relying on one institution for such vital information can be dangerous, yet this seems to be a trend in our society. My hope is that this book will help you to understand why you should not fall into this trap.

After years of analyzing the teachings of Jesus, I am saddened by how much of what churches are teaching and doing appear to be contrary to these teachings of Jesus. After almost two thousand years of making assumptions and inventing doctrines, churches have subtly changed, over time, the teachings of Jesus into something different from what is presented in the Scriptures.

Despite the problems that will be discussed in this book, I have no desire to see the churches closed down, since they do provide vital services to humankind. They offer a mechanism where the community of faithful can gather to worship, pray, discuss Scripture, share Communion, support one another, and assist the needy. Furthermore, it is one of the best ways of introducing people to Christianity. However, I hope to see positive changes come about in the established churches and new churches coming into existence that better follow the teachings of Jesus as presented in the New Testament.

A Protestant pastor once told me that a large portion of his time is spent meeting with people seeking his consent to do something the Scriptures plainly say is a sin. Usually they think that their circumstances are unique or dire enough to warrant an exemption. They think if a church official can be convinced that their sin is justified, then God will think so also, thus soothing their conscience.

In a similar way throughout history, a constant pressure has been put upon churches, especially by emperors, kings, and other prominent individuals, to permit various sins. Once a church permits a sin for one individual, the sin usually becomes a part of that church’s doctrine, permitting others to commit the sin seemingly guilt free.

Over the centuries, various denominations have declared different doctrinal stands regarding what is a sin and what is not. This is why so many different churches declare such wildly varied and oftentimes opposing doctrines. For example, some churches celebrate homosexual marriages, while others teach homosexuality is a mortal sin.

Modern churches have such diverse doctrines that people can now shop around for a church with teachings and doctrines that are copacetic with their chosen lifestyle. Because the Bible does not give specifics on every issue, people oftentimes demand the churches provide definite, unambiguous doctrine on all important issues so they can live their lives without questioning whether or not something they are doing, or not doing, is a sin. Churches need congregants for their survival; therefore, many have evolved to accommodate the desires of the masses.

My analysis approach throughout this book will be to first state the teachings of Jesus regarding a given topic, as presented in the Bible, and then contrast it with what churches teach and do regarding the subject.

The issues of greatest concern, which I discuss in this book, include how churches have effectively reversed the teachings of Jesus regarding adultery, marriage, money, greed, prayer, and idolatry. I will show that the Catholic Church considers itself infallible. I will also demonstrate how it appears that most churches have made their survival and what is good for their organizations more important than the Word of the Lord.