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6.14.2012

Which church is worse?

Michael Horton, currently embarrassed by recent converts to Rome who he's taught over the years, has written three long posts in a row saying pretty much nothing, but attempting to shift blame.

Here's the truth of the matter. You don't become a Christian by joining a church. You become a Christian when you are regenerated by the word and the Spirit (something Horton doesn't mention).

In our day doctrinal teaching is available everywhere to anyone with a desire to find it (i.e. books). Teaching that is a hundred times more on-the-mark and better presented than anything found in any church. That's just a fact of this era we live in.

The Bible itself presents issues of ecclesiology within the context of what different situations and different eras need. There is no one prescription. The Bible mentions large church gatherings, house churches, and it mentions the lone Elijah in a cave.

In our day Protestant churches are worthless. Shallow and worse. Sure, if you are subnormal in some way that's unique even in the community of fallen humanity, a drunk, a life-long criminal, a drug addict, etc., there is probably some church, some church program where you can find a level of sanity and perhaps common sense and whatever else it is people like that find that potentially sets them straight. But for anybody else the environment of churches is deadly.

So who cares what church you're talking about? The Roman Beast church is deadly in its own way. Protestant churches are deadly. Eastern Orthodox churches deadly.

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Doctrine is armor. It is what individual Christians wear on the battlefield. The extent that you're a real soldier, a real Christian, is the extent that you will want real armor and that you will find it. (Note: soldiers know what they need. They are *in battle.* They need real shields, real swords, real armor. They don't argue about it, *they find the real thing and use it.* There's no coy and Satanic 'ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.')
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Real Christians exist and are being regenerated by the word and the Spirit everyday. Despite the shallow and worse churches.

Final note: notice all the churchians talk about 'individualism' and accuse Christians of 'individualism'. Romanists accuse Protestants of it; Protestants accuse other Protestants of it. It's all projection. They are the "me, me, me" types. It's *all about them.* The big drama of conversion to Rome is their big American Idol moment. See me, look at me, I'm on stage! It's all about me now! The same thing is seen in the shallow, seminary-educated who stand behind Protestant pulpits. "This is all about me!" They are the worst teachers who ever existed. They give 'sermons' that are no more practical than phone book recitations. They are too unaware to know that, but the pleasure their vanity gets from standing there being the 'leader' clouds everything anyway. Clerics and churches are not the faith. The word of God, pure and bold apostolic biblical doctrine, and spiritual war is the real thing. You evangelize by what you are. If you're the real thing people pick up on it. Or are convicted by it. (I need to go wash my hands after typing this post. I truly hate Romanists and shallow churchian Protestants, the entire gallery of them all. If I lived in a place where I had to be around Eastern Orthodox types I'd list them too. Come on, self-identified Christians, come out of all that shallowness and wickedness.)

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