The Lord will allow some to "play church" up until Christ's return.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles? And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.' " [Matthew 7:21-23]
If we believe that others are playing CHURCH, what are we doing?
Brethren, if a man be OVERTAKEN in a fault, ye which are spiritual, RESTORE such an one in the spirit of MEEKNESS, considering thyself, lest thou ALSO be tempted.
For God sent not his Son into the world to CONDEMN the world; but that the world through him might be SAVED.
JUDGE not, that ye be not jugded.
For with what judgment ye JUDGE, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And WHY beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but CONSIDEREST not the beam that is in thine own eye?
For God shall bring EVERY work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be GOOD, or whether it be EVIL.
For the gifts and calling of God are WITHOUT repentance.
If any of you LACK wisdom, let him ASK of God.
My people PERISH for the LACK of knowledge.
Who is a WISE man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a GOOD conversation his works with MEEKNESS of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not AGAINST the truth. (Which is required love) This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is CONFUSION and EVERY evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first PURE, then PEACEABLE, GENTLE, and easy to be entreated, full of MERCY and GOOD fruits, WITHOUT partiality, and WITHOUT hypocrisy. And the fruit of RIGHTEOUSNESS is SOWN in peace of them that make PEACE.
Jesus command was to LOVE ye one another.
Blessed are the PURE in heart, for they shall see God and not sin.
That is a lot of churches to be observing and condemning at the expense of a QUESTION.
Yes ,my friend, you are correct in offering your question, “If we believe that others are playing church, what are we doing?”
In truth, there are a 'lot of churches to be observed and judged'. And, the number of these churches continues to grow. Of course you are also right on the question of judging churches - the question extends to every church, including our own. The need for self examination is not just for the 'other' folks, but for everyone who claims to be a disciple (a student, Heb. Talmid) of Jesus Christ!
The fundamental problem is that the spiritual leaders (elders) of so many of our churches are uninstructed themselves in how to interpret the word of God (Acts 8:25-40), and therefore they cannot adequately instruct others. It is a classic case of the blind leading the blind – and the leaders are often times unaware of their true condition.
The results are that this thread stands as a witness against all who would be (1) a false witness for Christ, (2) who would remain willfully ignorant concerning spiritual things, including (3) the word of God, and (4) how it should be understood and applied in the lives of men. Finally, it also stands as a witness against all those who would use the Christ, Jesus as a means to accomplish their own agenda. We must remember that we are not to judge those outside of the body, that is for God alone. However, we, as an assembly of saints, are commanded to examine and judge those within the body of Christ, even ourselves. Not even those who stand in places of assumed spiritual authority are exempt from this examination (Rev. 2:2)