Churchianity vs. Christianity

CHURCHIANITY is doing much harm to Christianity at the West. The teachings of Christianity are, "Submit yourselves therefore unto God," "Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you."  "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up," "Be ye holy, for I am holy," "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets." But Churchianity does not require submission to God, nor holiness of heart and life.  The feelings which it labors to excite are the fear of hell, and a desire to go to heaven.  And as many as possess these feelings are invited to join the church, with a promise that the "good old ship" will carry them with perfect safety to heaven.  Churchianity cares not whether a man is anti-slavery or pro-slavery, a temperance man or the contrary.  He may gratify his own taste for liquor, if he will not disturb the peace of the church by agitation. Its chief ambition is to build a large church that will be popular with the world.  Christianity labors to build up a holy church that will be acceptable to God, and a bearer of light to the world. Churchianity may be seen in the log school-houses of a new country, as well as in the costly edifices of large towns.  I have to contend against it in all parts of my field. Its influence is most deleterious to "pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father."  . . .

To censure and expose the anti-scriptural conduct of men who preach such a gospel, is unpleasant; but the interest of true religion demands it.  If those who have charge of the sheepfold knowingly receive wolves or bears, or even goats, among the sheep, they will find trouble, and suffer loss.  In preaching the gospel, or inviting persons to join the church, we must be guided by the teachings of Christ and his apostles, "As many as walk after this rule, peace be upon them and upon the Israel of God."

- J. H. Jones