“A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:5
If your Church is married to the State; supporting, promoting, praising and serving your nation or government, run. If your Church exalts men over Christ, run. If your Church thinks a physical ethnic group or a worldly political Nation-State is God’s Chosen People, run. If you hear the Pastor preach that he, or “Church” is the mediator between you and God, run. If all you hear is Psychology and Corporate Management Theory, run. If they teach you to maintain your power over others rather than to humble yourself as a servant, run. If they proudly desire to rule the world and take Dominion over the “7 Mountains”, rather than deny self and pick up their cross to follow Jesus humbly unto death, then run. If they say you are not a Christian unless you are in a group, run. If they care more about your outward appearance of religious piety than your relationship with Christ and spiritual growth, run. If it is dead religion, run!
If your Pastor rebukes you as unloving and divisive, for contending for the faith and defending truth, run. If your Pastor rebukes you as foolish, as one not having “boundaries”, for loving and helping “needy” people, don’t walk, run for the door. If you hear false doctrines and false gospels coming from the “pulpit”, run away. We are to love the truth and abide in the truth. We are to love and minister to people. Jesus Christ our Lord commands us to preach truth, and to love and help the suffering (especially other Christians!). He does not discourage you in your love of the truth, or in your obedience and service to Him.