Congressional Issues 2014
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 any church
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 Church.
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
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 Institutional Church did not create the Bible,
it merely recognized the Bible
- 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 Scriptures.
- The Bible does not require "attendance"
at any particular meeting of any particular
ecclesiastical institution on any particular day of
- The "Church" which Christ built (Matthew
16:13ff.) is primarily the
members of the Body of Christ, not any
"institution," corporation, or ecclesiastical
- 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 (vv. 21-26).
- 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
his sons" engaged in priestly acts of animal
sacrifice and the shedding of blood commonly
- The creation of the enterprise called "the State" is
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.
such priesthoods have been abolished. Jesus Christ
is now the only legitimate Priest
("Church"). He is also the only legitimate
- 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
- Every legitimate (Biblical) function of today's
institutional priesthoods are
requirements for "patriarchs" (heads of
households, indeed every member of the Body of
- 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, or association.
- The goal of the Body of Christ ("priests"
and "kings") is to abolish the institutions
of "church" and "state" and create
(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.