“Jesus is Lord” 1Cor12:3
Year 202 AD.
Roman State Official: “Declare your allegiance to Caesar! Say, ‘Caesar is lord’ and burn your incense on the altar to the gods of Rome!”
Christian: “No! I refuse. Jesus is Lord!” (declared with joy)
Roman Official: “Die Christian scum! You are guilty of sacrilege and treason against the Empire!”
Christ followers 202 AD: willing to die.
Year 2012 AD.
Roman State Official: “You have been approved. Sign here on the dotted line for your 501c3 State Incorporation Contract so you can have limited liability, financial gain and State permission and oversight.”
Pastor: “Yes sir!” (submissively)
Roman State Official: “Congratulations! Welcome to the Corporation. You are now duly incorporated with the State. By the power vested in me by the State, I pronounce you a Government Incorporated registered Church. Here is your manual of obligations, rules, regulations, requirements, and restrictions. Have a nice day!”
Churchianity 2012: willing to compromise