A place to help people to find understanding why church tradition and experience is often quite different from the simplicity of the New Testament.
Is the phrase "go to church" ever stated in scripture?
What about Titles and building-centered assembly?
What is a 501c3 church?
These are examples of practices needing examination and we hope will provoke thought and prayer among those the Lord is stirring and calling to a deeper consecration, and we want to encourage you to "hear ye HIM".
How simple it should be for a person
who reads the Bible to see the obvious traditions and practices of
Christianity which HAVE NOT A SINGLE VERSE to support them.
order to help us think in scriptural terms, here is a short list of
unscriptural practices found around various churches.
"add thou not unto His Word
lest He reprove thee and thou be found a liar" "that
..ye might learn not to go beyond the things which are written; ..." -1Cor 4:6
It is impossible to show these as a
written verse or phrase in our Bibles:
Christ as personal savior" is never written in
CALL" as a response to the gospel s not written.
3. a. "Pastor":
used as a formal title. For example:
"Pastor Smith", "Pastor Larry" .....
b. "Senior" Pastor, "Associate" Pastor, or
c. "Rabbi" (Mat.23:8 But be
not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are
4. A man or woman in any TITLEDposition in church authority. (for example "Pastor Mary", "Apostle Mary", "Prophetess Sue") teaching
or having authority over a man. (none of the named elders of scripture were women).
Greek word for pastor is "poimen" is a masculine
noun. -as are the words "apostle", "bishop", "prince", "priest", "husband", and all words pertaining to headship and authority in God's kingdom.
You would never call a man a "prophetess" or a
queen, feminine nouns.
5. "church service" "our
service is at..." as used to describe a
gathering of Christians
6. Naming a church body.
raffle, auction, bake sale, food sales, or a Church owned businesses. -especially for the benefit of the
group of people that do them
8. a. The Church
Board. b. "church membership"
"voting member", or formalized "member" of a church
vestments, or formal church attire that distinguishes any minister.
10. Anyone promoting any man called Pastor.
11. A "church" building
or group referred to as the "Storehouse".
keeping of giving (the opposite of Biblical secret giving)
13. elders submitting
to a pastor as a form of church government
14. a congregation instructed to: buy property, have a "building fund",
or "building program".
15. a Christian Bible college or Seminary, none were ordained by the apostles as a means of teaching.
16. Official Positions of
over-seership. (superintendents, Districts, Stakes, Wards, Diocese, Archbishops, Cardinals, etc.)
17. The "Sinners
Prayer" as a repetitive response to the gospel.
18. Any reference to
a pulpit, steeple, pews, or cathedral as a gathering place for Christians.
19. Christians “celebrating”
a day called Christmas, Easter, Halloween.
20. a "Song Service"
21. The Church Choir
22. Sunday School (Sabbath
Covering" by a pastor or hierarchy.
24. Babies or
infants being baptized.
25. Prayer or kneeling in homage to Mary, any
"saint", Rosary, or statue.
26. Cardinal, Pope,
"Your Eminence", or "Father" used to address any Christian.
28. The Mass
for the dead.
31. "The Eucharist", a word and ritual never given in the scriptures.
32. People baptized by
or church leaders given a "vision" for the church.
34. Pledges, promissary oaths,
swearing to perform an action such as a fundraiser or allegiance.
35. Anything resembling patriotism
to any kingdom of this world.
37."God helps those who help themselves". -not found in scripture..
church or saint directly instructed to "Keep the Sabbath" (as observed in the Old Covenant). see
our article "How to REALLY Keep that Sabbath"
39. Any church or saint in the New Testament commanded to
observe the Old Testament feasts.
40. Any church or saint in the New Testament commanded to observe circumcision or keep the Law of Moses.
41. Palm Sunday
42. Ash Wednesday
word easter pertains to Ishtar, a pagan Babylonian goddess).
44. "worship" service.
(find a mention of one in the New Testament)
46. "Voting" in
47. a LITURGY performed by a pastor or priest.
48. "sacraments". False works give false assurance.
"Trinity": - a sacred cow but in truth a name invented by men never once given
in scripture and not a single writer of scripture referred to it .
If you were a Christian living in 100 AD the word “trinity” had not been invented
yet. It is true, all the above are without a single verse in the New
Testament scriptures and are red flag warnings of apostasy to one degree or
50.Defining "holiness" according to a pastors or denominational "standards". 51. the phrases "Jesus is God" "dual nature" "God-man" "God incarnate" "God became a man", "fully God-fully man", "hypostatic union". -not one verse says those common phrases.
The Pharisees rationalized, justified, and explained what they did. Jesus rebuked them.
We can point to the scriptures but only God gives revelation and
understanding. The Lord is a much better instructor than me or
anyone wearing an ecclesiastical title. a reader wrote: Comment:
I just read your "NOT in Scripture List" and I'm rather
surprised... not at what is on the list, but that others have
noticed. I've been in and out of churches since I was a child and at
the age of 28 I "heard" the call of Christ to "come follow
Just over a year later, I got up the nerve
to read the bible for myself, since many of the people I respected in my
"church" discussed what they were reading often. I started
in the new testament because it was immediately about Jesus and he was the
reason for my being. Well, I found out the same things that were in
your list and I was shocked, angry confused... It was also
immediately clear that the whole Idea of the modern church was nothing like
the churches in ACTS. Anyway, I've been labeled a "radical"
and ignored by others when I attempt to discuss these things and asked
where we went wrong. I have only one couple who "get it"
too. thank you, -Reader in Florida