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Before I start, please note nearly all verses quoted are from the NEW Testament.

1. Your Church has pictures of Jesus, crucifixes, Jesus "fish" symbols, stained glass paintings, statues and paintings of saints, ornaments, etc.

What the Bible says: Idolaters shall not inherit the kingdom! (Galatians 5:19-21)


2. Your church allows members who actively have sex before marriage, divorced (or "annulled") people, homo/bisexuals, or transgendered people.

What the Bible says: Fornicators, adulterers, whoremongers, and sodomites God will judge and hell fire await such people that indulge in that behavior! (Hebrews 13:4, Galatians 5:19, 1 Corinthians 6:9)


3. Your church has social events such as potluck dinners, easter egg hunts, secret Santa, trunk or treats, singles nights, bingo nights, pancake feeds, plays, musicals practices, concerts, trips, Christmas bazaars, parties, sporting events, etc.

What the Bible says: nearly exclusively the focus of the Churches were on obedience to God, preaching and being constantly under persecution.
2 Corinthians 1:7And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:




4. Your church allows women, homo/bisexuals, and people who have been in sex scandals to be a bishop/elder/deacon/pastor.


What the Bible says: 1 Timothy 3 sets the requirements for a bishop/elder in the New Testament!
1 Timothy 3:1This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

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11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.





5. Your church has Sunday school for young children, youth groups for teens, adults/singles/men's/women's groups, or contemporary worship service.


What the Bible says: The New Testament contains no authority for anything other than the church coming together to meet as a single group!
Hebrews 10:25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.




6. Your church is beautiful and ornate with high ceilings, stained glass, OR, a massive auditorium that seats thousands, special lighting, sound system, stage, camera and screens, OR is full of religious symbols.



What the Bible says: In the Old Testament, the Israelites thought they could make up for their filthy behavior by sacrificing more and more animals as a substitute for obeying God!
Isaiah 1: 10Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
12When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.




7. Your church is owned by a central international religious organization that is one of the oldest and largest organizations in the world, has enormous and vast financial, real estate and art holdings in the world and exercises close control over all local churches, OR belongs to an international or national organization that has a central governing body that exercises some control over the church, OR loosely belongs to an association that does not control its members, OR participates in non-denominational religious groups.



What the Bible says: There is no evidence of a central governing body for the churches! In Revelation 2 the Lord Jesus Christ speaks to seven separate and distinct churches.




8. Your church operates a daycare/preschool, elementary school, middle/high school, university OR has several business ventures, sells products, has endowments, manages real estate or other holdings OR has a variety of fundraisers such as bingo nights, festivals, sales programs, gift shops, donation drives, or marketing programs.


What the Bible says: The real church would never have done any of these activities because the focus of all New Testament churches was survival, obedience to God and preaching!
1 Timothy 6: 9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.




9. Your church allows members to attend whenever they want, many members come only to special services such as Christmas and Easter, and are allowed to be called members of the church even though they do not attend the church.


What the Bible says: The real church is not lukewarm, and does not forsake the assembling of themselves together!
Jude 1: 3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.


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10. Your church welcomes, or does nothing to try to exclude, members who are alcoholics, idolaters, railors, extortioners or whoremongers.

What the Bible says:
1Corinthians 5:9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
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11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.



11. Your church has no rules on hair. Men and women can wear their hair however they want, and woman can come to church with their heads uncovered.

What the Bible says: 1 Corinthians 11 forever speaks to the issue of hair length and coverings in church! Women with a covering over their hair in Church. Men to have short hair. Women to have long hair.


12. At your church, the pastor/priest regularly campaigns for donations at the pulpit, a collection plate is regularly passed at church services and functions, OR uses directed mailings/emails/television campaigns aimed at raising money.

What the Bible says: There is authority for people to voluntarily tithe a tenth of their increase to the Lord and make voluntary offerings to the Church!
Malachi 3: 8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.





13. Your church pays staff to do marketing to attract new members, OR has television, radio, telemarketing or internet ads to attract new members, OR uses direct mailings, newspaper ads, neighborhood door knockers/publications to attract new members.


What the Bible says: Rebuking is the opposite of marketing and it is what the people of God have done in every age!
2 Timothy 4:1I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.





14. Your church baptizes infants, are conducted by sprinkling water, or are family events with white dresses.


What the Bible says: Baptism is only done with professing believers in bodies of water (there is also no evidence that there was a cottage industry of selling white dresses and related paraphernalia regarding baptisms)!
Matthew 3:16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:


15. During the Lord's Supper at your Church, wafers are used to represent the body, grape juice is used to represent the blood, or grape juice/wine is provided in small cups.

What the Bible says: There is no question that the bread used at Passover was unleavened! Likewise there is no question that the substance in the cup that is metaphorically Jesus' blood was wine.
1 Corinthians 11:
20When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
21For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
22What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.





16. Most of the sermons preached in your church are usually about Jesus'/God's general love, His forgiveness, inclusion, heaven, and things we can do to better ourselves. They are nearly always out of the New Testament and rarely, if ever, are from the Old Testament. OR They are typically about the prosperity of those that worship Jesus.


What the Bible says: The prophets and apostles of God were NOT mealy-mouth, timid, effeminate wimps!

Acts 7: 51Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
52Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.





17. Your church has an impeccable reputation in the community, civil/community leaders attend, it gets positive local press, everyone in the community knows it and respects it, OR, it enjoys a good reputation in the community, OR it is a quiet church, not very many people know about it, but no one really has anything bad to say about it.


What the Bible says: A real church should be well-known in the community and openly hated! Government, businesses, civic organizations, the religious community, media and the public generally openly condemn it. Civil and criminal prosecutions are common.
Hebrews 11: 36And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
37They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38(Of whom the world was not worthy they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

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Why the p i f f l e do you hate gays ??? piffleing homophobic cooter!!!

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Why the f u c k do you hate gays ??? piffleing homophobic cooter!!!
We do not hate gays, God does! So go yelling at God please, not at us. I am sure He will give you the attention that you deserve.
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Why the p i f f l e do you hate gays ??? piffleing homophobic cooter!!!
Really? All you got out of that was that we hate gays? Did you even read it?

I am really concerned about the general stupidity my poor children will have to face when they're adults.
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Really? All you got out of that was that we hate gays? Did you even read it?

I am really concerned about the general stupidity my poor children will have to face when they're adults.
Raising your children in a gated community makes more sense with every passing day, doesn't it?
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Wow, thanks for this reassuring list, I am relieved now. Our Baptist Church have none of the signs you listed above! Praise the Lord!

Can I spread the wisdom and show the list to my Sisters in Christ who go to other churches, so they can examine their church too? It is very important for us to go to the perfect church. God told us what a prefect church looks like, so we have no excuse, haven't we?
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