Congressional Issues 2014
Why I Do
Not "Attend Church"
Many candidates for political office tell voters what church they're
involved in. But they promise that once they're elected, they won't
allow their church to have any influence on the way they conduct their
political affairs. If you were an employer interviewing a prospective
employee, would you be impressed if the candidate told you all about the
church he attended, but then promised that the teachings of his church
would have no impact on whether or not he would embezzle company funds
or sell company secrets to competitors? Did anybody really vote for Bill
Clinton because he went to church and carried a big Bible?
I do not "attend church." But I promise that, if elected,
my religious views will permeate, pervade, dominate, and control every
political decision I make.
There are two things that voters should know about why I don't attend
First, I don't
like church, and no church likes me. As a fanatic Bible-Believing
Christian, I find churches lacking in substance, Biblically speaking.
Those churches that pride themselves on being Biblically substantive
would not allow me to become a member of their church because they don't
like radical libertarians. This is one reason Why I Do Not Attend
Second, in answer to the objections of many, I believe it's not a sin
to not attend church. I don't believe the Bible requires Christians to
attend the events that take place in what we call "churches."
Here is my answer to the question Is
A Christian Biblically Required to "Attend Church"?
Religion and Government: Kevin Craig's Platform
Selected Blogs and Discussion
From time to time on "the campaign trail" I'm asked which
church I go to. When I explain that no
church wants me to attend, the voter might recommend a book on
"The Doctrine of the Church," or ecclesiology. These
books often argue about "church government": should we have
presbyters or priests, voted on by the Congregation or selected by a
prelacy, etc., etc. I once started writing a book of my own on
ecclesiology. This was back in the days of the IBM Selectric, and only
parts have been converted into HTML and uploaded to the web. So here is
an outline of my thinking on "the church."
- The Bible is the plumbline against which
we measure the straightness of any book on "the church."
- The Institutional Church did not create the Bible, it
- Laymen (like myself) can judge
the decrees of the Institutional Church by comparing them
with the Bible. We should follow the example of "the
Bereans," who questioned even the Apostles in light of
- The Bible does not require "attendance"
at any particular meeting of any particular ecclesiastical
institution on any particular day of the week.
- The "Church" which Christ built (Matthew
16:13ff.) is primarily the
members of the Body of Christ, not any
"institution," corporation, or ecclesiastical hierarchy.
- Note in that
important passage (which has been used through the centuries
to defend the concept of the "institutional church")
these three things:
- The function of Christ's "church" is to attack
"the gates of hell," and demonic forces will not
withstand the attack (vv. 13-20). As David Chilton noted,
Those who suggest that the only lot of Christ's
people is persecution and suffering brutally mangle this
verse. Instead of picturing an army attacking a fortress and
breaking through its gates, they paint a picture of a
defeated army, huddled and cowering together, being attacked
by gates! How ridiculous! God is here promising
victory for the church as she spoils principalities
and powers (Ephesians
6:12; Colossians 2:15). ("postmillennialism,"
- The Church does not use carnal
weapons to extend Christ's Kingdom, but follows in
Christ's footsteps ("pacifism").
Peter and "the Twelve" did not understand this
entire idea until after Christ's Resurrection and Ascension
- Certain "sacraments" of the older priesthood,
such as "Passover," were
to be observed until Christ's "parousia" in AD
70 when He completely destroyed the temple and terminated
the old priesthood ("preterism")(vs.
- The Family
- Members of the Body of Christ (and all human beings) begin in
a state of "Patriarchy"
(patria, "family" - arche,
- There were no institutions
of "church" or "state" in the Garden of
Eden, nor when Noah got off the ark. Noah "and
his sons" engaged in priestly acts of animal
sacrifice and the shedding of blood commonly called "capital
- The creation of the enterprise called "the State" is
a violation of God's
Law. (This is a separate book!)
- Because of man's sinfulness, God created priests to mediate
between sinners and God. These priesthoods are often the model
for today's institutional churches.
- All such
priesthoods have been abolished. Jesus Christ is now the
only legitimate Priest ("Church"). He is also the only
legitimate King ("State").
- All members of the Body of Christ (not just those who have
been "ordained") are subordinately "priests"
and "kings" (Revelation
and there is no legitimate place for monopolistic
"priests" and "kings" (institutions of
"church" and "state").
- Every legitimate (Biblical) function of today's institutional
requirements for "patriarchs" (heads of
households, indeed every member of the Body of Christ).
- The State: The goal of the Body of Christ is to build
the Kingdom of Christ, which is a rival to all earthly
- As Christians fulfill these duties, unbelievers
will pretend to be Christians, and the Body of Christ will
dominate human society and Christianize
- All legitimate functions of "the government" (or
"the State") and "the Church" -- such as dispute
resolution -- will be exercised by Christ's
"priests" and "kings."
- "National Defense" is not
a legitimate function of any human institution, corporation,
- The goal of the Body of Christ ("priests" and
"kings") is to abolish the institutions of
"church" and "state" and create "patriagora"
(patria, "family" - agora,
"market") a family-centered
market of human action, freed from statism
I Attend Bible Studies
As a "Berean,"
I love to get together with other folks to study the
Bible. But sometimes a Bible Study will decide to become a
"church," and that doesn't always bode well for me. Here's an example.