Many Churches Are Alienating Their Own Congregations, Which Doesn’t Bode Well For Christianity

Pastor Paul J Bern
7 min readFeb 27, 2021

Most Modern Churches Drive People Away From God Without Even Realizing It. Talk About Being Clueless!

By Minister Paul J. Bern (Proverbs chapter 15: 22; chapter 19: 2)

It has been my observation, ever since the January 6th insurrection at our nation’s capital, that the majority of the rebel forces involved in the storming of Congress are claiming to be “conservative Christians”, “Oath Keepers” or “evangelicals”. Many modern churches (regardless of denomination) who portray themselves as “evangelical” or “conservative”, are unintentionally driving people away while claiming to do the opposite. I’ve had more than 6 weeks to consider how to put together a rebuttal to these kinds of perpetrators without making these ‘holier-than-thou’ folks really upset. Church leadership has forgotten the old adage, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Proverbs 15, verse 22)

After considerable analysis, however, I find myself forced to the conclusion that it is simply not possible in this case. So instead of pandering to these types of phony Christians who condone violence, including the murder of a police officer, committed in the name of the Lord, I’m simply going to post and publish the unvarnished truth, warts and all. After all, the Bible does say explicitly in both the Old and New Testaments that “judgment will begin in the house of the Lord.” Do I have any right to appoint myself judge, jury and executioner over these US capitol perpetrators? On the contrary, I would be derelict in my duty as a Christian man in a position of leadership if I did not point these things out.

In the first place, there is a whole lot more to the teachings of Christ than merely being zealous, as it is written: “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way”. (Proverbs 19, verse 2) On the contrary, God wants us all to think for ourselves in a rational and logical manner. That’s why He gave us brains in between our ears, and the freedom to choose, when he created us. So for a religion to not be intellectually challenging or mentally stimulating is to be contrary to the intentions of God. We…

Pastor Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium, Wordpress and others. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor, coach