Today i’ll be sharing a post written by Present Truth Digest. I came across their website earlier this week and found some great inspirational content. Here is a bit more info about Present Truth Digest.
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10 Reasons Why Christians Quit Church
I remember attending church as a child and asking my grandmother why we went to church. During my childhood, my cousins and I attended Sunday school and church services with our grandmother. I can remember asking my grandma, “Is it time to go yet? Rolling my eyes while hearing the pastor of the church whooping through a sermon”. (Whooping—a form of speech familiar to southern Baptist churches of the Black-American community) I left the church I grew up in as a teen and attended occasionally while in college. My story may sound similar to many of my peers. The topic of church attendance is often debated. Is it necessary? What’s the point? What if I believe in God, but I don’t “do church”? Church attendance has declined for the past few decades, and according to the latest Gallup data, the numbers are lowest than they’ve ever been. Gallup’s latest yearly survey shows that in 2017, 38% of adults said they attended religious services weekly, or almost every week (news.gallup.com)
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also,” Matthew 6:21. Change is HARD for anyone, even those who profess to be of the Christian faith! Christianity is a lifestyle, it is a practice, it’s a relationship with God the creator. As salvation comes through a saving relationship through Jesus Christ, the atonement of sin for all humanity, so reads the scripture, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV.
Many people live demanding and stressful lives, and by the end of the week many are either getting away, partying, catching up from the week, or sleeping. There is rest, Jesus Christ bids all to, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Why go through the hassle of going to church when you can just tune in live online? What a simple way to avoid whispers if you are a visitor, if you don’t fit in? You know, if you have tattoos, body piercings, if you’re disabled, if you’re a prostitute, if you’re a drug user, or look physically exotic in any way; you know all the things that many people frown upon. Or if you are simply don’t wish to be a part.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that who so ever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved,” John 3:16-17. The church is not perfect, but the love of God is. Try not to worry about people, people should never be the focus. If relationship with God is what you need, personal devotion and prayer will help even the most destitute of faith. God created mankind to be social, not social behind a computer or smartphone per say, but He created us to be physically interactive with one another. Friendship, companionship, interaction, encouragement, these are compelling reasons for why God making the point that “It is not good that man should be alone…” Genesis 2:18
Of the many things that can hurt an individual, rumor and gossip are among the most heartbreaking. “And just as you want men to do to you, you do also to them likewise,” Luke 6:31. The Golden Rule. Slander, backbiting, evil-speaking of one another is the quickest way to shy one away from the gospel. Why are people so eager to tell the shame of others is uncanny. It’s bad enough people have to work all week and deal with such, but to come into church and hear the same nonsense? How much more would people attend church if those there would practice what they claim to believe? This goes along also with #4.
7. FALSE TEACHINGS
Do you ever wonder the foundations of certain beliefs? If God is real, if Jesus Christ is real, and if the Bible is TRUTH, then why are there so many different Christian denominations, and why do many of them teach contradictory with one another? If the customs or teachings are not Biblically-based, or verified to align with the teachings of the scriptures, then those teachings are not truth. Simple as that!
Oh boy, if I had a penny for every time I heard racism among Christians, I would have several thousands of dollars. This is a sad reality. The majority of churches are segregated, and when congregations of such grow in the minority race, the majority tend to leave and form another church. Racism was unfortunately common in the days of Jesus Christ. Even His disciples struggled with it as they learned to do the ministry. See the story of Peter in Acts 10. A key verse to show the lesson on racism, “Then Peter opened his mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him’,” Acts 10:34-35.
5. CHURCH LEADERSHIP & ABUSE
Apostasy and abuse of authority have been a lingering issue in the church for hundreds, well actually thousands of years if you include the days of Jesus Christ. Abuse of authority had become so powerful and oppressive to the point where individuals such as Martin Luther protested (which is where the word Protestant comes from). In modern times examples of abuse remain, and most tragically to sexual abuse within the church. Let’s be clear, God does not condone such behavior and those in charge will be held accountable to His law. Other forms of abuse common are abuse of scriptures to generate money. The “throw a dollar and holla, and God will give you everything” churches is what I call them. Again, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them,” Isaiah 8:20.
Self-explanatory! “The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered,” Proverbs 11:9 NKJV.
There are countless stories of unbelief in God that are due to circumstances of tragedy. I met a gentleman just last week while attempting to share the gospel through missionary evangelism. He said, “Is that religious material?” I replied, “Yes, it is.” He stated emphatically, “No thanks, God’s not real!” Wanting to understand where he was coming from, I asked, “Sir, how did you come to that conclusion?” He answered, “My wife and I attended church for many years and she taught Sunday school faithfully. Well, she had a brain aneurism and was hospitalized. I begged and pled with God to save her and He didn’t. So he’s not real.” A heartbreaking story, I empathized with him, I shared my own tragedy of losing a parent while in infancy, and how I was hurt by it. Tragedy is not a cause of God, yet there are times when He chooses not to intervene. “The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit,” Psalm 34:18.
Another argument often made is, “Why does God allow children to die or to be hungry?” Sin and evil, which have no origin with God, have caused death and despair upon humanity, and in its most tragic form—to infants and children. Difficult as it is to reckon with, God does not let people starve, people let people starve. Those with means to feed the poor and hungry are not doing so to the degree with which such can be done. There is a huge lack of compassion for humanity, and caring for the needy should be the most important work of the church, for through such, the gospel of Jesus Christ is shared.
2. Lack of Understanding/Poor Foundation
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding,” Proverbs 9:10 NKJV.
What does it mean to fear God? The primary Hebrew and Greek words translated to fear in the Bible can be several variants of the meaning; however in this context—the fear of the Lord means to respect and to honor (not to be afraid and run away from). A non-Christian may ask, “How do you know that the Bible is real, or how do I know that these stories are not just made up? One of the ways to know that the Bible is real is through history. Much of the history throughout the Bible also has extra-Biblical resources that agree with the Bible. For example, the Egyptian king Pharo-neco, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar, even life of Jesus Christ have extra-Biblical and historical proof of existence.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16. Understanding scripture and how to apply them to daily life can be challenging for many, so much to where Christians give up, and believe there is no hope. For the non-Christian, where to start may appear to intimidating. Another misconception of God is what happens when people die. Heaven or Eternal Hell? I highly recommend Amazing Facts, a mission that has helped thousands if not millions of people learn the Bible, visit www.amazingfacts.org
1. LACK OF TRUTH
Tradition is popular, but Truth is unpopular. “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil,” Proverbs 3:7. God has a standard, and though it may seem impossible to reach, He himself would not have given His only begotten Son in Jesus Christ. The truth is we want to do our own thing, live however we want to live without accepting the reality of what that life may entail. A Christian life is not going to be roses and blooms, it will be a life of true consciousness to the world around us and the effect of what thousands of years [since the entrance of sin and evil] have brought upon the Earth and humanity. The law of God is the law of love, and a standard of righteousness to live a life that can be full of joy and everlasting peace which He has promised. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world,” John 16:33.
“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city,” Revelation 22:14.