The church has a reputation of being control freaks, do this or your going to hell, do that or you will burn. they loved to use FEAR to keep us under their control.
Many of us are so gullable that we don't even look passages up in the Bible that are being shoved down our throats to see if what is being taught is really valid.
My pet peave is just that. people taking Doctrine and making that doctrin scripture.
Should it not be the other way around?
I am so thankfull that I go to a Bible believing, Bible teaching, Read it your self and see if it jives type of church. Religion used to really torque of the master as even in Jesus' day, the religious leaders would do exactly the same thing. they would take the law of moses and use bits and pieces of that to create new laws, new regulations. Jesus used to tell everyone that you need to know the truth, and it is the truth that sets you free.
Here is a link to a video that helps bring the point home. Got it from a friend on facebook and here it is.