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Counterfeit Worship in the Institutional Church System

Updated on April 6, 2018
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PlanksandNails' goal is to be a catalyst in encouraging the followers of Christ to pursue Biblical truth for themselves.

The Churches of Men

The institutional church system has become a media driven entity meant to stimulate and entertain the masses. To focus on one particular thing is almost impossible as people's attention spans are often short-lived where they desire the different types of feel-goods on a constant basis. The sophists sell their wares that consist of gimmicks created for their special ministries of healing, prophecy, miracles, self-help, money management, word-faith, etc. Most people believe that truth comes from the latest best-sellers as they are too lazy to search Scripture to see if what they are consuming is true. Unfortunately, they rely solely on their ordained mediators to attain God for them.

Have you ever wondered if maybe all that you have been accepting as 'truth' is simply false and misleading information?

Most people rely on man to give them understanding, enlightenment and revelation. Most rely on their esteemed church leaders to fill their hearts and minds with God’s plan for them. The problem is that most of the religious world is spoon-fed notions and preconceived ideas that come from the imaginations of men. As a result, they have closed their hearts and minds to the working of the Holy Spirit for the bombardment of conflicting and contradictory religious ideologies.


Many do not realize that we are in an age of deception that will have serious consequences for those who have been lulled into pew-warming complacency. Many are content with the way things are going and believe the supposed truths that they hear are Gospel. The biggest deception is that many have boughten into the Gospel message that appeals to the traditions of man where the rites, rituals and templates of a particular religious denomination of the institutional church system equates to salvation. Their sole purpose is to create passive sheeple who believe that obligation to a named religious building and putting money into their coffers is the way of Christ. They will tell you directly, or indirectly that your relationship with God is proportional to the social standing of your membership.

Many fail to understand that salvation consists of none of these things, but it is the process of being conformed to the image of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that strips away our fleshly nature and brings forth humility, repentance and the fruit of the Spirit.

Many who call themselves 'Christian' are in a dire condition because they have been indoctrinated in man’s ideas. Most are interested in the latest religious celebrities with best-seller or parroting what their Pastor has told them rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to guide them into all truth.

Backward Beliefs

Why is it that so many have it backwards?

They believe that whatever they decide to do 'in Jesus' name' somehow equates to God accepting their forms of worship.

What happened to letting go of man's devised plans and and accepting what God plans are for His people through Christ?

Most people run away when things start getting uncomfortable. Their version of Christ is supposed to give them all the comforts this world has to offer. However, Christ never talked about material gain and physical comforts, but rather about something that was spiritual and eternal.

Salaried to serve.
Salaried to serve.

And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul?

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:34-38

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. – Matthew 6:24

The salaried leaders that are in the institutional church system are serving two masters. Salaried to serve is an oxymoron. Unless they repent and step down from their lofty positions among men, they will not enter into the Kingdom of God because they have created their own kingdoms where they have become the Head instead of Christ. To be a salaried employee of the Gospel does not exist in Scripture, but rather you are a snake oil salesman.

How can someone call themselves 'servants' of Christ when they demand a salary and benefits package?

The only 'benefits package' in the Kingdom of God is the hope of salvation and storing up treasures in heaven.

The church system's goal is the accumulation of the monetary; otherwise, it would not exist. They gloat in their wealth, but what they deem as blessing comes from the god of this fallen world. There are many wealthy people who are part of the harlot church system. The Pastors who serve the 'Great Whore' is to keep them happy so he can maintain his position, authority and the lavish living they make off of their backs. Unfortunately, men like this spend most their lives peddling the Gospel to accumulate mammon with their institutional church investors.

So many are caught up in their own religious plans and what the world has to offer them. They are blind to the true walk of salvation that does not conform to the system of this fallen world. The way of Christ is about submitting and giving God control with a desire to do want what He wants, not what seems right to man.

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. – Luke 14:27

Christ never said that the Gospel of the Kingdom was about conforming to the ways of the world while giving lip service to him.

The traditions of man have replaced Christ's commands to a crafted religion of sophistry that tickles people’s ears and gives them quick-fixes that caters to people's carnal desires. What is deemed 'revival' is just another money grab and then ringing your little diners bells and supposedly the Holy Spirit will cater to your every need. You can be assured it is all a scam because nothing is ever mentioned about sacrifice, obedience and commitment to the way of Christ and Kingdom principles.


The time is urgent to give God all the glory by worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. This means putting away the false worship that man is promoting in the mainstream church system. We must separate and contend against the false doctrines and new-age teachings that are spewed off of the pulpits and expose these wolves in sheep's clothing.

It is a requirement that we worship God in spirit and truth. Many neglect the truth part. God rejected Cain’s offering because he rejected truth for what he thought was acceptable. Those in the institutional church system are doing the same by offering worship to God in a manner that He will not accept. God is calling those to come out of their spiritual adultery and repent and be obedient to the way of Christ. This is the only way to reconciling and coming into right standing with our Father in heaven. It is time to return to the true worship of our Creator and throw out our selfish desires and behaviours. It is time to get off the wide path onto the narrow one before it is too late.

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!

She has become a dwelling place for demons,

a haunt for every unclean spirit,

a haunt for every unclean bird,

a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.

For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

“Come out of her, my people,

lest you take part in her sins,

lest you share in her plagues - Revelation 18:2-4

Do you worship in the institutional church system?

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      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is all so true, awesome AND (the comments) entertaining at the same time :)

      I am a latecomer, going through the P&N hubs and loving them. Michel Miles, you rock! I saw your comments on flpalermo's hub... This man, I think, is a dangerous fellow. He contacted me privately and tried to persuade me to follow 7day Adventists. His hubs are ridden with terrible error and outright heresies. I noticed that when he comments on P&N, he politely agrees with everything and then includes links to his unorthodox articles. Anyways... P&N please don't post if you think I went overboard, but my experience with this man is short but very intense.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago


      You are right about cultural "Christianity." The structure of the messages and theology are influenced by what "church" culture dictates. To change the ideologies affected by this "culture" is a very hard thing to do as it is something that is often ingrained into the masses. The traditions of man

      have replaced Biblical truth to what they believe is right in their own eyes instead of the standard of God's Word.

      I am glad you recognize the condition of the modern "church."

    • Tamarajo profile image


      5 years ago

      "Salvation is the process of being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit that strips away our fleshly nature and brings forth repentance and humility" ...Well defined!

      A far cry, as you say, from what we are seeing in the cultural Christianity we are witnessing today. We are very much like it was in the time of the Judges when everyone did what was right in his own eyes and what a mess that was and is.

      A timely article in the sense that the "Feast of Trumpets" and "Yom Kippur", both considered a season of repentance, was most recently observed.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago


      I am encouraged that you agree with this message. Thank-you for reading and your kind words. God Bless.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago


      Thank-you for you insightful comment. I greatly appreciate it, and agree completely.

      One of the things that we should all think about is all that things in our lives that God has freely given to. The knowledge, wisdom, forgiveness of sins, grace, mercy, encouragement, etc.. that comes from God does not cost us anything. Unfortunately, the modern "church" has taken these things and offers them for a price directly, or indirectly. "Freely you have received, freely give," is something that should stand out in every believers life because it speaks to how we relate to other people. A salaried clergy member who is paid to "serve" does not relate in the same way as someone who serves without wanting to be paid to do it.

      It should be noted that even the fallen world sees the greed of the modern "church" and despises her for it.

      The Good News is that we can freely receive the gift of salvation and in the same way we should share His message of grace to others.

    • skye2day profile image


      5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      plankandnails Thank You so much for taking the time to share the truth. As you mentioned in your article we are not a very popular lot but powerful in the Lord Jesus Christ. God Bless you for doing the work of the Lord. Keep walking with Jesus dear brother. U will for sure. Phil 4:13 My Love in Christ, Skye

      shared and voted

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      5 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- (Why does the modern "church" treat it as if it is?) Because to them the gospel is a busines with employees, insurence, investments and debts to pay . It not an true ministry, to them it is a job where they expect to get paid. They will go to bible school of some kind so that they can obtain degree in theology. This will allow them to wear their collar on backwards and be identified as a clergy. Now their ready to start their business and get paid just like any other job. So with that said, I would like to remind them of how the ministry worked during the time of Lord Jesus when he spoke to His disciples through these verses in Matthew 10: 7-14 (NKJV) which states:

      7And as you go preach saying, " The Kingdom of God is at hand." 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons, FREELY YOU HAVE RECEIVED; FREELY GIVE. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in YOUR MONEY BELT. 10 " nor bag for your journy, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staff; for a worker is worthy of his food. 11 Now whatever city or town you enter, inquire who in it is worthy, and stay there till you go out. 12 And when you go into a house , greet it. 13 If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, But if it is not worth , let your peace return to you. 14 And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city shake off the dust from your feet.

      There is more to this teaching that Jesus was speaking of here but the idea of ministry was to go out, take nothing with you except the KNOWLEDGE you have freely received and give that same knowledge to others at no cost, and spread the gospel.

      There is a great misunderstanding among christian that to be a minister one must have formal training or degree in theology to understand and teach the gospel. And this IS NOT TRUE. Anyone can teach what they understand from bible doctrine. (Not man made doctrine). And use what ever means is available to spread the gospel to others. One point I will mention, one should never assume that the teaching they hear from someone else is sound doctrine from God's word. It should always be confirmed one way or the other with the word of God in it CONTEXT through personal study. This is the most important part is understanding the context in which scripture was writen. And very important is the Holy Spirit will open up understanding to us but we must seek it. This is how the church is built. Those who are seeking truth should help others who are seeking truth. As part of the body of Christ we help others who are the body of Christ. And as new members come into to the body of Christ we help them also. But no matter what level of understanding of God's word we each may have, we still have a responsibility of personal study of God's word. This takes a desire to learn and to have a relationship with our Father in heaven.

      When one begains to understand grace through faith, as it's well explain in the book of Romans and a few others, then it become easier to identify false doctrine by those clergy who count on grace as a product of commerce. They are the one's who seem to forget that grace was, is and always will be a free gift that can not be sold no matter how hard man made churches try to make a business out of it.

      Many blessings to you PandN

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago


      It is encouraging to see others here who are like-minded and understand the concept of "living stones" and that the Gospel is a free gift. I just looked at the results for the polls on this hub. Three people voted so far. What is interesting is that that one of the voters skipped the, "Did Jesus get paid to preach the Gospel of salvation?" question, but voted YES to someone being paid to dispense the Gospel. If that is truly the case, they believe that message of salvation has a price tag on it.

      But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! - Acts 8:20

      The Gospel of grace is not a product of commerce. Why does the modern "church" treat it as if it is?

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago


      It is funny how one letter can make all the difference in meaning, lol!

      I head a story of a preacher who had an English accent who came over to Canada to preach to a Church there. His sermon was titled, "How to Get Rid of the Hassles in Your Life." When he spoke out the title of his sermon to the audience in his British accent, the people thought he was going to teach them how to get rid of the ass-holes in their lives.

      We can look back on this one and have a good laugh :p

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      5 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      PandN- Another great Hub.

      I believe Jesus Christ commissioned us to go out and spread His gospel. And I further believe this commission to do so requires individuals who are willing to spread the gospel , also requires those who are willing to listen. I would hope those willing to listen are those who truely seek truth. The desire to have a true personal relationship with our Father in heaven and are Lord Jesus Christ. No one should assume that what one hears is correct doctrine which is why I believe anything heard from someone else should alway be confirmed through the Bible. Self study of the bible is very important so that one can know the difference between wrong and correct doctrine if and when they should hear it. But this takes a strong desire on the part of the individual to want to know truth. And this is something we don't get much of in man made churches we see today. Many clergies are in the ministry for the money it brings to them. If you take away the money , then they most likely these persons who we identify as clergy will not spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.

      These so called mega-churches we see today are sad situations. I believe these individuals attend for the entertainment and not for the perpose of learning the gospel. This applies to most churches we see today. People go to churches to be entertained as if their going to a concert or an amusement park for the day. You pay the fee and get in. (or in their case when they pass the plate around)

      As you so clearly explained , the church is within us. There is no physical building. But WE as individual's are the building block of Christ's church. With Him as the Chief Corner Stone.

      Again, great Hub. God bless you always.

    • Michael-Milec profile image


      5 years ago

      Good evening planksandnails .

      Oh, Lord have mercy! Mr. Sir planksandnails , please hear my plea for help. After reading your respond I couldn't believe what this " Michael " have said. One word meant to be "masses," came out something what isn't in my vocabulary at all, so I had to look into the Dictionary , and thank God that my physical health is excellent , otherwise I might get a heart -failure from the shock, realizing a disgusting word I've used unintentionally . Even after " proof reading " it went unspotted .

      If that have to stay, please let this my apology be known , so at least my feelings may be compensated, though the feelings can't be always trusted.. .

      The second part of your message to me is probably due to my inadequate formulation thoughts, leaving impression being ignorant not knowing what " the Biblical concept of genuine Church is." It's OK with me, being told " you will never understand ..." because that isn't my problem anymore since I do. At certain point of my " sharing" I have publicly declare that the word " church " isn't in Jesus'-God's vocabulary at all...

      Following your writings, genuinely I highly respect your wisdom and boldness in telling the TRUTH.

      May God bless and prosper you always.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Michael- Melic,

      ("ust wondering how to present to the asses information of this kind of you articl, and help them to be willing using own thinking capacity")

      The starting point is to drive home the point that the Church is not a building. Once this is fully comprehended, it leads to a complete paradigm shift taking place. If you never leave the building you will never understand the Biblical concept of the genuine Church.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago


      The message is not what many like to hear. Hopefully it will resonate with some. Thanks for the affirmation. God Bless

    • Michael-Milec profile image


      5 years ago

      Right to the point. All " sinners" are called to repentance first, even if they are granted popular label "christians ." You know and all who are delivered from the bondage of any religion and any demonic harassment, the damage is done to the Kingdom of God message by the " theological" spirit controlling christianism. It's so strong that after people accepting the true message of redemption, in conversation still asking me " what church shall I attend?" - since it's so popular, and I'm not a churchgoer.

      Just wondering how to present to the asses information of this kind of you articl, and help them to be willing using own thinking capacity

      Voting up,useful , interesting.

    • freeradicalsteve profile image


      5 years ago

      A very timely analysis of the current situation in the church and sufficient evidence to call Christians to repentance and obedience. Well done.


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