5 Reasons Christians Should Stop Abandoning the Church

Preface

*Many who read this article seem to assume what I mean by Church. (A brief clarification can be found here. IS THE CHURCH A PEOPLE OR A BUILDING).

Allow me to preface this by empathizing with those who have been hurt by, disappointed in, or even rejected from the Church. I was an agnostic/atheist for 26 years of my life. Even after I got saved I went nearly a year without going to a Sunday church service (granted I was also in seminary and participating in many church activities). I wrote a book called Ekklesia Rising: The Organization Formerly Known as Church. I am a reformer by nature. I have many frustrations with the Church. I GET IT! But…

Without further ado, here are five reasons you shouldn’t abandon the Church and definitely shouldn’t speak ill of her.

1) You aren’t perfect and Jesus didn’t forsake you

Remember that you are a follower of Christ and that means that you have been forgiven. To whom much is forgiven much forgiveness is required. Just because you make mistakes doesn’t mean that Jesus forsook you. So why should you forsake the Church because it has made mistakes?

2) The Church is Jesus’ Bride. How would you feel if someone spoke about your spouse the way you speak about His?

’nuff said…

3) You still need what she (the church) has

Sure, the Church is flawed. Sure, the Church isn’t all that it could be. However, the same goes for you and for me. We need one another, despite our problems. I have seen my friends who have made the decision to leave the Church. The fruit of this decision is generally increased bitterness, isolation, independence, purposelessness, etc. This brings me to the next point.

4) The world ain’t any better.

It’s worse… Yes, you can find many things that the world does better than the Church, but the world doesn’t have God. So whatever else may be the case, it is missing the cornerstone (Eph 2:20). It’s missing the beginning of wisdom (1 Cor 8:6). It’s missing your Father (1 Cor 8:6), your provider (Gn 22:14), and your protector (Ps 91). It’s missing your greatest friend (Jn 15:15), and much more.

5) God has plans for you to bless the Church with your gifts. God can’t use your gifts in the Church if you refuse to play your part in it.

God has given you gifts that are to be used to bring Him glory. These gifts are designed to operate as part of His Body. Some of those gifts may even include the ability to help bring the Church to a higher level. While I certainly don’t recommend just coming in with guns blazing, God may have helped you see some thing(s) about the Church that could really help His people. If you remove yourself, then you will not be positioned to make a difference.

Moral of the story

The Church needs you and you need the Church. Come on home.

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13 Comments
  • Tammy Watt
    Posted at 11:06h, 28 April Reply

    Wow. . What a powerful word. I especially like the part about the Church being the bride of Christ.. . . Even the weakest of us will rise up with amazing strength to protect those we love.

  • carrie mackenzie
    Posted at 13:58h, 28 April Reply

    There is much false teaching, apostasy and New Age in the Church not to mention ecumenism and sensuality. It is no longer simply a case of having a church, it is very vital to have the right, bible teaching, bible living church, God-loving Church of the One true Jesus Christ..

  • Anna fitting Dinozzi
    Posted at 17:00h, 28 April Reply

    We believers ARE the CHURCH and We are told to not forsake the gathering of believers (paraphrased)If we have the Holy Spirit residing in our hearts,We will surely KNOW WETHER OR NOT WE ARE IN THE RIGHT CHURCH,A church that HONORS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. The TRUTH IS THAT ITS REALLY NOT ABOUT THE CHURCH YOU BELONG TO,ITS ABOUT “WHO DOES YOUR HEART BELONG TO??AND MAYBE THE WILL OF GOD IS TO PLACE SOME BELIEVERS IN A CHURCH THAT MAY NEED SOMEONE TO GUIDE &ENCOURAGE CHURCHES THAT ARE NOT UP TO THEIR FULL POTENTIAL? THE CHURCH IS THE BRIDE OF JESUS (agree with the writer) and I think that if it’s a persons primary goal in life to attack the Church,then maybe they need to check their heart???

  • Leo Marco Laquaglia
    Posted at 18:46h, 28 April Reply

    I’m really seeing the fruit of the Messianic movement, it takes everything back to the 1st century community. Everyone met in the synagogue and remembered, honored the 4th commandment. Seems pretty simple and no need for the many churches and denominations. This is what the emissaries followed as they were taught my Messiah.

  • Larry Morrow
    Posted at 21:21h, 28 April Reply

    We are family

  • Linda Ark
    Posted at 04:23h, 29 April Reply

    We also need our brothers and sisters in Christ to help us mature in our faith and to uplift us, family through valleys and mountains. I am very blessed to have my church family.

    Linda Ark

  • Brian May
    Posted at 09:57h, 29 April Reply

    So first one must define “the church”. If you define it as the ekklesia or in more local terms, the fellowship of believers one with another then yes, Christ followers should love and embrace THIS church as Christ did. If however you mean the organizational structure that most refer to as “church” then I would say one must tread this path carefully. To conflate this “church” with the Church spoken of in scripture is not theologically sound or intellectually honest. In fact to do so might be an invitation to a relationship that is something tragically less than that described as the relationship between Christ and His Bride. To the extent a “church” is committed to and reflects THE Church will be the extent that this “church” deserves the believers fidelity.

    • Brian May
      Posted at 15:33h, 29 April Reply

      Thanks but I fear you missed my point. It may be semantics but the Church doesn’t need reforming, the Church as defined biblically is fine. It is the “church” as I have defined above that has lost it’s way, or perhaps never found it’s way, that we may need to leave behind. Perhaps we’d agree that the body of Christ in the Earth needs to find an expression that harmonizes with Jesus name for us, that is the Bride of Christ.

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    Posted at 17:24h, 30 April Reply

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  • Tony Griffin
    Posted at 08:13h, 11 June Reply

    I needed to hear this today. It’s not that I have left the church, because I have not. It’s just that I’m having a hard time finding my place. it’s so easy to sit here in my study and never come out and just study the Word and so forth. This article makes good points I need to consider. Thanks brother

    • admin
      Posted at 09:05h, 11 June Reply

      I’m guilty myself Tony. I’m writing from personal experience. I too disappeared into my studies and all but abandoned regular fellowship. I made conscious effort to rejoin the ranks at the beginning of the year. It’s been a huge blessing (Certainly for myself, and I pray for those around me as well).

  • Author Randall m Hodges
    Posted at 23:48h, 13 June Reply

    the Church has not been rejected by any!
    #1 the church ( building made with hands) should take the locks off the doors & allow those who wish to pray, be able to no matter the hour chosen!
    #2 the church, has no more need for people to sit “Idle” while our cities , towns & communities are depraved of wisdom!
    #3 the church has a “Ego” problem & those in reputation of wisdom, no longer feel the washing of feet , weeping, mourning, howling, & sorrowful broken & contrite hearts need apply!
    #4 the church, has need to turn the lights off, down size to candles & oil lamps, remove the Babbage & make room for prayer & weeping & fasting, while the wise man, stands at the door watching over those who have come inside to pray, instead of standing upon a stage, looking down upon all who come as lost!
    #5 the church, needs to restore the storehouse of the lord Jesus, & take the keys from those in reputation of wisdom, for this reason, they are known world wide, to have become rich, fat & well fed by the gifts that have been given to the poor!

    please feel free to challenge me on these observations,, i would love to hear some feed back with these few concerns, thank you always forward!

    • admin
      Posted at 07:49h, 14 June Reply

      Hi Randall. Thanks for your reply. Can’t do a full response here, but a couple quick thoughts.
      There are several surveys where perils are saying they reject the church. I know many personally who have as well. They’re frustrated with things (often rightfully so) and therefore choose to throw the baby out with the bathwater. No fellowship, no receiving of teaching, etc.
      #1 some churches do this. However, there are safety, logistic concerns that may keep many from doing this. As the church is not the building, people can meet anywhere to pray as the church. They don’t need a building to do so.
      #2 I don’t really understand what you’re saying, but if I am correct in what I think up mean, I agree.
      #3 this is an over generalization, but there is often an unhealthy top down management structure that hashe been used by many.

      I have written a book caked Ekklesia rising: the organization formerly known as church where I outline some of the structural/ functional problems of western church models.

      I’ll leave it there for now. Again, thank you and have a blessed day.

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