Elitism is a dangerous tactic. We have been taught that though we may not be the best church, we do offer the best chance of getting to heaven. We are told again and again that other churches teach a watered down gospel and do not require their members to do the word of God. The pastors say things like “where else can you find….” or “the average Christian believes…” In a subtle way (or maybe not so subtle), this creates a strong feeling of superiority among the members. This becomes an “us and them” attitude. As soon as someone feels superior, they become arrogant and can no longer receive from others or minister to others with a pure heart. Even more, we are now not able to hear from God for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). There is always a feeling of “I am so well taught” and “I DO the word unlike you.” We would never say this openly, but it is often in our thinking, and even more, has become part of who we are. Superiority creates a wall between us and others. We may be looking down on others with almost a haughty attitude. But scripture tells us “…not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3.
This superiority is a divisive spirit that affects all we believe and “justifies” our ungodly response to the body of Christ. This same spirit extends to the division of friends, family, marriages, or anyone who does not measure up to our “superior” walk with the Lord. And of course the outcome is we will never want to leave Calvary Temple because, after all, there are no other good churches out there. (i.e., just like ours). We will not even attend another church when out of town. But suppose God wants to send you out to serve Him elsewhere? 2 Corinthians 10:12 says, “Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.”
This elitism is sin, poison, and an abomination in the Church of Jesus Christ.