Churchianity: The Evangelical Subculture

This is Part 1 of a series on modern churchianity – aka, the Evangelical Industrial Complex [EIC]; And is a repost of the article  @


Two Different Conversions

When I became a follower of Jesus Christ I underwent two different conversions, although I didn’t realize it at the time. First, I was converted from my old life into the Body of Christ by reconciliation with God through Jesus. Hallelujah! At about the same time I bought into the Evangelical Subculture under the false impression that it WAS the Body of Christ. It took me years to realize the difference between the two.

I had been aware of “Christendom”: that worldly religious structure consisting of political and economic empires and bureaucracies, both Protestant and Catholic, that had fought religious wars and undertaken crusades to retake the “Holy Land”, that had burned people at the stake, that continued to preach false Christs and false gospels of works, and that continues to talk about the counterfeit unity called Ecumenicalism.

But I had not understood the nature of the Evangelical Subculture, that is a part of the worldly structure of “Christendom”. This subculture has its own organizations and institutions, denominations, parachurch organizations; its own magazines and radio stations and TV networks; its own schools and colleges and universities; its own celebrities; its own music industry and book stores; its own marketing and advertising worlds.

Like Joining a Club

The tragedy of the Evangelical Subculture is that people who have a sincere desire to follow Jesus get side tracked into a zeal for being a part of this worldly system. It is like joining a club. The club member begins to wear the clothes and trinkets bought at the “Christian” book stores; watch “Christian” TV and listen to “Christian” radio; buy the latest fad books that sweep the “Christian media”; subscribe to the “Christian” magazines; worship the “Christian” celebrities; use all the latest jargon promoted in the latest books by the celebrity authors.

A cult-like mentality develops among people who see this Evangelical system as identical to the Body of Christ. Their zeal is for the trappings of the subculture. It is its own religion. If someone tries to point out the unbiblical nature of some aspect of this subculture people will take offense because you are criticizing their religion. The subculture becomes the message. The “gospel” that people preach is for conversion to the system, not really to Jesus Christ.

The Subculture, Institutionalism, & Deception

The pop culture of Evangelicalism feeds on institutionalism, denominationalism, “non-denominational” institutional church organizations, and the professional clergy system. The professional clergy and their church organizations, in turn, find an indoctrinated constituency to fill their pews and programs. Both the subculture and the institutional churches turn a relationship with Jesus and his people into a participation in a religion and a lifestyle.

This Evangelical subculture has played a major role in setting professing Christians up for deception. It seduces people to think and act like the subculture instead of reading the Bible for themselves and deriving their understanding from the Bible. It has been this subculture that has infected the Evangelicals with psychology, self-esteem, political action and social activism, unity at the expense of sound doctrine, mysticism, and cult attachments to gurus, movements, and organizations. Ultimately, the end of this deception is a merging of the Evangelical Subculture with the global counterfeit religious vision.

We ought to be content with the simplicity of following Jesus and being the Body of Christ together with those the Lord provides for fellowship, according to the teachings of the Apostles in the New Testament.

Please consider asking those you care about, “Shall we be disciples of Jesus together? Or would you rather just participate in a Religious System?”



5 thoughts on “Churchianity: The Evangelical Subculture

  1. 1blandina

    Right, and this subculture has hijacked Christendom into full fledged apostasy! If at least it was a material distraction, but it is a spiritual derailment, on purpose even. Wolves in sheep’s clothing is intentional infiltration for the purpose of deception and personal gain. I have seen so much of this too. They become Christians and get swallowed up into all the latest trinkets and lingo and whatever else everyone else is touting from the bookstore and so forth. As if that qualifies a person to be saved! And now they worship this lineup of wolves and if anyone dares raise one finger in objection, they lash out fang and claw! …They are altogether ineffective as a church and I’m downright tired of it! I can only imagine how the Lord must feel and what His letters to these churches would look like! I shudder at the thought.

    Looking forward to your future posts!
    Happy New Year!

  2. Steve

    Where is the ‘fruit’ in the churches today that is supposed to be showing those around us what our God is like. We don’t because they are so wrapped up in their sub-culture.

  3. Maricica S

    It seems that I’m lost on just how what we now call Christianity ended up in the condition it is. This author and others describe in a general way what’s going on today. Where was the turning point from the followers of Jesus to the religious system this and others discuss.? I came to ponder this as well.
    I read in the Bible about the time when the apostles, that is those who witnessed Jesus’ Resurrection, were gone from the physical earth. After the true apostles died the elders took over a pagan temple, threw out and destroyed their idols etc then used the building as an apostolic headquarters. Good move but Satan came in and diverted things, influenced the elders leadership and then from the second century to today’s churchianity culture.

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