People have often asked us if there are any ‘anarchist churches’ for the curious to visit or to attend or to join. After some consideration, these thoughts seem to address the question:
We are under the impression that whenever someone inquires for an ‘anarchist church’, they are asking if there is a denomination or if there is some corporate building with pews and a pulpit and a baptistry and an offering plate where, once a week, they sing hymns that may or may not be about anarchy and listen to sermons that may or may not be about anarchy, and just generally all self-identify philosophically as anarchists, but do not really seek the Kingdom or love their neighbor or live in salty/bright obedience to God and perform Christ’s social and political ordinances. This is the reality of the vast majority of institutions that proudly call themselves churches. They are taking the Lord’s name in vain, by claiming to belong to him while actively doing the will of the enemy by perverting the truths of Scripture into an amalgam of palatable falsehoods that have created an innocuous, liturgical social club. When most people think of the word church, they are imagining whitewashed catacombs on just about every street corner in America.
In addition to their liturgies and dead, innocuous orthopraxy being unusable for any bright, salty Christianity, the doctrines and what passes for orthodoxy in modern churches are also highly questionable. It is clear that Biblical terms, when applied to the Churchianity of today have very nebulous, hyper-spiritual, and arbitrary meanings:
‘Seeking’, ‘establishing’, or ‘furthering the Kingdom of God’ is assumed to be defined by any generally good deed or influence done by some professing Christian as part of some vast, unorganized, emotion-based, unseen, blind-faith catalogue of generally good deeds or influences done by other professing Christians, under some arbitrary standards that might make the cut, depending on the circumstances (but mainly on the whim of the speaker).
‘Idolatry’ becomes any action or practice or even belief, lip service or doctrine, no matter how unrelated or nebulous or vague, that is generally bad and very possibly basically, seemingly ‘unchristian.’ (Also on the whim of the speaker.)
‘Paganism‘ is pretty much synonymous with ‘idolatry’, except it is moreso geared towards sets of superstition that compete with Churchianity, like Hinduism or Islam or Wicca or something like that.
‘The world‘, ‘worldly’, or ‘fleshy‘ are all pretty much also just synonymous with ‘idolatry’ but, as if possible, are even more generic and nebulous, referring to anything from enjoying or participating in pop culture, to the presence of excessive materialism, to being lax in hyper-spiritual endeavors like showing up to churchy functions or listening to orating clergymen on podcasts.
No doubt that this glossary of popular terms, lifted from a cursory and lazy reading of Scripture can only serve to confuse brain-dead professing Christians and even baffle the King of Judea who does not desire for those who take his name to be so easily contented with sophistry. This stark confusion over both orthodoxy and orthopraxy in modern churches makes them prime and necessary locations for evangelism, and the preaching of the Gospel. Just like the ‘religious catacombs’ familiar to the New Testament, Stephen’s sermon from the seventh chapter of Acts should be preached and emulated in front of every church during every religious service until either some semblance of revival arises, or a lot of division is exposed.
‘Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.’
The purpose of the early Christians in assembling together in pure religion to love God and neighbor was to establish a real, literal Kingdom of freefolk who depended on each other out of faith, hope, and charity through the love of Christ so that they did not have to depend each other out of social contracts, entitlements, and taxation. It was about the government of God with its servant-ministers being established as an alternative to the governments of Satan characterized by Benefactors who exercise authority.
In order to establish an ‘anarchist church’ (this is a redundancy, all true churches are anarchist by definition), you must begin to create one with your loved ones, friends, community, and like-minded associates. Begin to serve each other, put each other’s needs first, and start freeing each other from depending on human civil government in matters of health, education, welfare, righteousness, accountability, justice, and mercy. As a Christian endeavor, abolitionists do not incorporate 501c institutions under the authority of the Attorney General, but rather keep their aspirations with Christ as the Head, to be sustained by His Providence.
As a result, we do not have to fundraise in order to keep our non-existent 501c status, which does no honor to God, but blasphemes the name of the one who instructs us to keep ourselves unstained from the world. 501C institutions and the church culture that surrounds them are antithetical to anything remotely Biblical. Anybody entertaining them as legitimate are either confused or are charlatans.
You may want to check out this list to see if there are already professing anarchists in your area who desire to do what the early Christians did. If you do not find one, we highly suggest you remain diligent in creating one anyway.