…But It’s a Good-Looking Necropolis

Deep Strength commented:

I assumed/thought ‘churchianity’ was the word because the ‘church’ was the idol as opposed to Christ. Or in other words, pastors generally teach what they teach (feminized bunk) to keep people — women and wives — in the pews, ostensibly for money.

Churches[1] that have become idols are haunted places of the undead. They move and moan and collect other undead through imitation of life. Some mausoleums look like churches. These churches are mausoleums.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

Most pastors I’ve known want butts in the pews because they take it as proof that the harvest is plentiful. Wondering for too long how many tares are in his wheat field (In the terms of Babylon the Necropolis: How many undead are among the living.) saps enthusiasm which no one is going to help him rouse. Many of these pastors are running their churches essentially alone. Sometimes that is their fault, and sometimes it is despite their best efforts.

Pastors usually have been separated from the rest of the congregation because they are weird. Because of that weirdness, or separation, or both, they are largely mystified by the dearth of men. A pastor starts out his career thinking that all men are like him even though he was probably scapegoated. Then he notices that many men aren’t in church as he is. He comes to believe that they simply lack his commitment. It never crosses his mind that it is more difficult for more manly men to tolerate modern church, than it is for him. He won’t allow himself to think it, and if he does he will quickly explain it away that they are “too macho” and “caricatures of manliness”.

And perhaps some are and that will soothe him so that he doesn’t have worry about the absence of men anymore; except to think to himself, What a pity that more men aren’t like me. What great things I could accomplish with an army of men like myself. These ladies are really something, though. And with his thoughts now turned inward towards himself instead of outward to Christ and His commands, he heads down to Sheol, and the church with him; even as he, and the comfortable women, and the men under the sway of women gather to whitewash it every Sunday.

[1] Here I mean “congregations of the Church” as it is used in the Bible; such as in “Letter to the Church in Smyrna, etc.


2 thoughts on “…But It’s a Good-Looking Necropolis

  1. “It never crosses his mind that it is more difficult for more manly men to tolerate modern church, than it is for him. He won’t allow himself to think it, and if he does he will quickly explain it away that they are “too macho” and “caricatures of manliness”.”

    Long before I ruffled his feathers (by privately debating about the definition of “desire” in Genesis 3), my pastor sought my opinion about why there were fewer (younger) men in church and even fewer who want to step up to leadership positions.

    I opined that it might be because many men do not see the church as a place where they can be groomed or mentored for leadership. Or that leadership in church — as opposed to leadership in the corporate world — is no longer seen as something honorable, sacred and service unto the Most High God.

    I am extremely reluctant to… pass any judgement on the church. But it appears to me that they have almost always overlooked the immediate needs (internal, structural, etc) for the sake of evangelism. At the church we are attending, almost every week there are classes and courses about how to share the gospel, but there are very few, in comparison, that give instructions or teaching on strengthening families or preparing younger men and women for marriage.

    In fact, I was perturbed when a young, single woman was put in charge of the yearly church camp as camp “commandant”. In my mind, there is a lost opportunity there for a younger man to learn, practice and exercise leadership by taking on such a role.

  2. Yup. I wrote a post about this a while back in my blog. I didn’t leave the church, the church left me, and I’m thankful for it. Now, there are few of us, but with no building or staff to support, widows and orphans receive help. And when people have ears to hear, we tell them about the gospel.
    And while we are few, I doubt there is a tare amongst us.

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