We live in a consumer society, where we’re told we should only be loyal to products and brands if our wants and needs are satisfied. This is why it can be easy for churchgoers to have a low threshold for leaving a church. When the preaching loses luster, or another churchgoer begins to annoy you, it can be very tempting to move elsewhere. However, these reasons aren’t nearly good enough for leaving your congregation behind. Here are six good reasons to leave a church.
False Teaching Takes Place
The Bible may seem politically incorrect these days, but it is sure about the fact that not all we hear is true. Some information that comes our way is false, not to mention dangerous and evil. While you might think that these false teachings can’t infiltrate a church, that isn’t always true. When the word of Christ is no longer dwelling richly in a church, leaving is the best thing to do.
Unsuitable Leaders Are Established
There are good leaders and bad leaders in the world. This is something the Bible makes very clear. Any leader of a church must be a person of integrity, operating in holiness in private, as well as public. Most pastors do their best to live holy lives, but others hide sinful secrets. Rather than allow unsuitable leadership to drive you to sin, you should separate yourself from them.
No Opportunity To Serve
Every churchgoer should be serving in their church in one way or another. While some people welcome guests at the door, others teach Sunday School classes or take up the offering. If your church has no such opportunities to serve, then that is a good reason to leave. While this may be rare in churches, it does happen on occasion and can make church members feel unhappy.
Moved Too Far Away
Being an active participant in your church is difficult when you live very far away. You may find yourself attending fewer church events, which can pose challenges to your connection there. This is a fair reason for moving churches. With congregations all over the US, Universal Church makes this easy. Everyone should be able to attend a church where they can actively service.
Sin Is Going Unchallenged
Sinners should be called to account, not just for the sake of the sinner, but for the whole church community. When you allow serious sin to take place, it can impact every member of the church. The trouble is, there are situations in which leadership failure mean that sin is going unchallenged. If sin is prevalent in your church community, leaving may be the only option.
God Has Asked It
Far too many churchgoers use God as an excuse and scapegoat for their actions. However, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore Him when He does speak. When God asks you to leave a place and go somewhere else, you should listen. He won’t ever tell you to leave the church completely, but he may ask that you realign yourself with a different one.
Leaving a church is never easy, but, if you’re facing any of the situations described above, it may be your only option.
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