What would the elites want? Answer: to keep the slaves occupied and distracted from their tyranny. While the little people are pre-occupied with following the teachings of Christ (or by multiple other proclivities), these elites will be free to do what they will. They might even arrange a few catastrophes/false flags to create even more distractions for God's people to deal with. The people will be busy with these efforts while the government is free to do all sorts of mischief.
Isn't this what we have now? We have a distracted/asleep public busy with other things whether they be religious or not and a government with their own agenda of waring, whoring, stealing, power- and fear-mongering, and just having some real good fun.