Many try to excuse their personal disdain for “church” and “organized religion” by extolling their personal “praise” for Jesus.
One reason many individuals are sour towards “organized religion” is that they care very little for others who “stick their nose” into their “personal business.” In others words, they do not want to be held accountable to any spiritual standard and there by express their attitude toward any type of discipline, whether personal or congregational ,by saying Jesus is okay, but organized religion is unneccessary or even undesired by God.
Other reasons and beliefs are given and held to when it comes to explaining a person’s point of view toward “organized religion” but when the truth is told, many individuals fall into the given categories above.
In light of these facts it’s now time to answer the question, “How does Jesus feel about organized religion?”
Much to the chagrin of others I’m positive that Jesus is aligned with the “pro-organized religion” group. Grant it Jesus took serious issue with various religious leaders during His earthly ministry. But Jesus’ issue wasn’t with “organized religion” itself – it was with “unorganized religion” being led by the traditions and commandments of men and not the Word of God from the heart (Matthew 15:1-20).
Right about now some may be saying or thinking, “Eugene, you haven’t proven that Jesus cares for any thing close to what people call organized religion today (i.e. the church). So I’ll make the rest of this article quick and to the point!
If you think Jesus doesn’t care for “organized religion” then you need to realize it was Jesus who did the organizing when it came to His church and the religion called Christianity that’s found in the Bible! Always has and always will regardless of what any man or woman thinks or teaches.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:15-18, NKJV)