1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
In certain obscure corners of the internet one may run across the term “churchianity” from time to time, a derogatory appellation for those who profess Christianity without submitting to Christ. I often think of Johnny Cash singing in “The Wanderer” about those who “say they want the kingdom, but they don’t want God in it.” Some have objected to the use of this term, most notably the esteemed writer John C. Wright, seeing it as an aspersion against the faithful. Others use it freely, perhaps too much so at time. If we were to define “churchianity” as opposed to Christianity, how might we do so?
In a nutshell, churchianity is the default setting for those who embrace what Bonhoeffer called the doctrine of “cheap grace.” https://gbtseminary.org/cheap-grace-bonhoeffer-and-the-cost-of-discipleship/#:~:text=In%20short%2C%20cheap%20grace%20to,in%20place%20of%20God%20himself.
Cheap grace preaches forgiveness without repentance, Christianity at peace with the carnal world, freedom without self-sacrifice, redemption without submission. Cheap grace is the wellspring from which we get a modern evangelical church whose divorce rate is indistinguishable from that of unbelievers and atheists. It is the fountainhead of a church full of unashamed fornicators and adulteresses.
The adherents of cheap grace will usually admit to a belief in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, although this is not always the case, and those who will not commit to even a belief in the resurrection are growing more numerous. It is a gospel of easy conversion, for the convert never really has to change. Instead, we all simply learn to tolerate one another in our sins. “Come as you are” had become “and stay that way forever.” If you come as an adulteress, God loves you anyway, so stay in your adulteress relationship. If you come as a sodomite, God loves you anyway, so continue to enjoy your sodomy. If you practice child sacrifice through abortion, God loves you anyway, so keep your abortion abattoir open. You get the picture.
Cheap grace is also seen in the “prosperity gospel,” which promises that if you really believe, and really pray, and really give a lot of money to a televangelist, you will get all the material possessions you could ever want right hear and now. You and your loved ones will never be troubled by illness. Now obviously anyone who falls for this has never spent any time in any serious Bible study, but that’s the point. How many people in church buildings in the U.S. (or the West in general) today have ever really spent any time in serious Bible study?
So when we speak of churchianity, we speak of those who want their blessings to be physical and in the here and now. We speak of those who want to be thought of as “good people” while they still do evil things. We speak of those who want forgiveness but without repentance or restitution. We speak of those who want the Kingdom without God in it.
Metaphysical thoughts… https://sigmaframe.wordpress.com/2022/09/21/metaphysical-literacy/
Paypal censorship…. https://theothermccain.com/2022/09/21/simple-question-who-complained/
Jill Biden is no Lady Macbeth…. https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/2022/09/23/doctor-jill-biden/
On the Pericope Adulterae… https://deepstrength.wordpress.com/2022/09/22/pericope-adulterae/