Very rarely do I come across a book that makes it into my top five. After reading this I knew I had another.
There is a sense of timelessness in what Michael Spencer wrote in this book. That is one of the most important things to me when it comes to selecting books to read and figuring out which ones are worth the time and which ones aren’t. Timeless books are the best and the most worthy of reading, in my opinion.
Mere Churchianity is a rare book in that it endeavors to stand up against the age-old problem of status-quo, institutional, falsely advertised Christianity (a.k.a. Churchianity).
For too long it has been overtly communicated and taught, more so by action than by words, that you must attend chapel every Sunday morning and pay the tithe if you are to be a good Christian. Or a holy Christian. Or a sanctified Christian. Or a real man for that matter. But the indubitable reality of the New Testament, if we look at it honestly, is that this is simply wrong. They are traditions ingrained into many of us who grew up in the Western Church. There is in fact, as Spencer points out, no such thing as a “good Christian”. Such a concept is nothing more than a lie. Yet the evangelical world seems hang on to this idea like a cat on the edge of a table.
Church was never meant to be a business model, program, or even a non-profit organization. It was meant to be a Kingdom in the making. Christ’s command was clear: “You go make disciples, and I will build my church.” Yet we have missed the real meaning of disciple-making and have exchanged it for the mass-produced Christianite who’s pigeoned-holed into a mass-produced Churchianity–the “church” we tried to build.
Michael writes, “The reason the church got distracted from Jesus-shaped Christianity was that discipleship got lost in the fog of church traditions, human rules, and religious culture.” (Spencer, 99)
This book is hands down a definitive, prophetic resource and call for those lost in the sea of western church traditions and those unwittingly working to maintain the status quo.