Christianity: The Distinction


By Dr. Ken Matto



And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.  (Acts 11:26)


There are many today who believe and teach that Christianity is a religion.  Nothing could be further from the truth because I will present to you the great gulf between Christianity and religion.  One of the main reasons that people believe Christianity is a religion is because they equate churches with Christianity.  The reality is that Christianity has been confiscated and held captive by churchianity and that is why people equate Christianity with the local church.  Here is the definition and description of true Christianity:


“True Christianity equates to salvation.  One cannot be a Christian if they are not saved.”  Salvation is all the work of the Lord owing to the condition of man who is spiritually dead and must be resurrected in their soul so they can believe.  Salvation in its entirety is the work of the Lord.


How One becomes a Christian

1. God named you before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8 & 17:8)

2. God then elects you to salvation (Romans 11:5 & 1 Thessalonians 1:4)

3. Now that you have been elected, your life is now predestined (Ephesians 1:11)

4. Now that you have been named, elected, and predestined, sometime during your life according to the determinate counsel of God you will become saved.  (Acts 22:6-11)

5. Once you have become saved you will now have faith placed inside you by the indwelling Holy Spirit  (Galatians 5:22)

6. Once you have faith, you will have the ability to believe  (2 Corinthians 4:13)

7. When you start believing, you can live the Christian life (Titus 3:8)


In these seven principles of salvation, we do not find one scrap of work by anyone who became saved.  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:2)  Jesus was the author and finisher of our faith, not us.



Every religion in the world is wrong because they discard the biblical truth about the Lord Jesus Christ and God’s salvation program and have created their own methods which only lead to hell.  The Roman Catholic church has also bastardized the teaching of the true Jesus by creating him in their own image.  The salvation program of all religions is based upon what a person can do to earn their salvation and completely rejects the truth of Scripture concerning how a person is truly saved.  If you disbelieve what I am saying then please name me one world religion that teaches salvation by grace in Christ alone.  Roman Catholicism has a set of rules a good Catholic must keep and even then no assurance of salvation is ever given.


So the major difference between True Christianity and religion is that in Christianity God has done everything for us since we are unable to attain salvation because of our spiritual deadness.  In religion, a person attempts to do certain works and keep the rules of the religion they are members of which only ends in eternal damnation.



Above I mentioned something called churchianity which is mainly attributed to Protestant churches.  It is the false notion that if you are a member of a church then you are saved and also if you have made some kind of verbal “acceptance of Christ” then you are saved.  The majority of churches have rejected God’s biblical salvation plan and created their own based upon pride and the belief that man has the understanding to turn away from their sins and “accept Christ.”  In God’s biblical salvation plan, did we find anywhere that a person has to accept to be saved?  The answer is no because that concept does not exist anywhere in Scripture. 


Recently I heard a preacher on the radio make the absurd claim that when Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when the Lord had appeared to him on the road that Saul made him his Lord.  Read the account in Acts 9 & 22 and you will see this is such a ridiculous statement because Saul called Jesus “Lord.”  Why?  Because Saul became saved on the road at that moment through Christ.  Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.  (Acts 2:36)  Man who thinks they can make Jesus anything have rejected the straight teaching of Acts 2:36 that God was the one who made him Lord and Christ.  How could sinful man make Christ anything?  It is just another example of the false religion of churchianity.


Listening to the Moody Hour I heard Erwin Lutzer bastardize a scripture verse to the glory of man’s pride.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)   He retold this verse as follows “Christ came to save those who trust in him.”  Always feeding the pride of man by a continuation of the belief that man has the ability to manipulate God the way he wants plus it keeps the donations flowing in.  Churchianity does not equate to Christianity which equates to true salvation.  People do get saved in churches but that is because of God’s salvation plan and not something the person has done.  I got saved after a night of drinking and there was no church around.  The Lord started opening my spiritual eyes in August of 1980.  The majority of churches are walking with the world as we see many of them in Gay pride parades, sponsoring bingo, Las Vegas nights, creating their own salvation plans, private denominational theologies, accepting false teachings, Emergent Church new age techniques being offered, yoga being offered in churches, etc.  Just as the Christian bookstore is a very dangerous place for Christians, now the church has become a very dangerous place for Christians.  Hebrews 10:24-25 does not equate to mainline, compromised churches but requires the Christians to meet among themselves so they can grow and not have to accept sodomy and new age under the authority of one man who is normally unqualified to be pastor.


The bottom line is that you would be hard pressed to find true Christianity in a church setting since the teachings have been suppressed by erroneous theological systems which exalt man and attempt to make God their employee.  Do not place faith in the modern church because they will lead you astray.  Place your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and study your King James Bible with other true believers and leave the games to the organized church.  If there is elect among them, then God will save them when it is their time.  That you can be sure of!