Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is not the same thing as being OCD. It’s related but has different symptoms. Whereas in regular OCD there are hard to stop/control thoughts and behaviors, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder is seen as an extreme type of perfectionism.
Symptoms include (from National Library of Medicine website and my class notes):
Over-devotion to work
Lack of flexibility
Lack of generosity
Not wanting to allow other people to do things
Not willing to show affection, lacking in expressiveness or warmth
- Difficulty in relaxing and having fun
Preoccupation with details, rules, and lists
Unfortunately, this sounds like some churches and Christians I know.
You can stop laughing or being offended, because I am serious. This is a prominent manifestation of “Christianity” that does not glorify God. This “perfectionism” mentality (whether pathological or not) is why some churches are dying, while they think it’s because no believes or wants to hear their “TRUTH.”
It’s the worst case of legalism. I don’t know if you can diagnose an entire denomination or not, but many churches need help. They are believers who want to do what is right, but are consumed with doing what is right instead of being consumed with their Creator God and Savior Jesus.
Fear of not getting a list right keeps them from KNOWING God and truly having a relationship with him. It causes them to be judgmental and arrogant. It divides churches and hurts families.
Yes, there is truth and we must be faithful to what God says, but each one must decide if God’s Word/Law/Truth is being used to make oneself feel good and right and better than others, or if a love of Truth and righteousness flows out of an intimate and loving relationship with Jesus.
You can read more about the disorder HERE.