Sunday, November 21, 2010

Why People are leaving the Church

I have been trying to post regularly and that has been working good so far.

But then I kind of ran into a wall.

And it got me to thinking about how pastors have to pull out some type of revelation each and every week rain or shine.    They can’t really wait for divine revelation.  We have uninspired sermons by default.

This brings me back again to how the contemporary church is just not getting it right.

I have subscribers all over the world.  Places where Christians are persecuted, beheaded, and  terrible atrocities are almost commonplace.  Those are real Christians in my humble estimation.  People that proclaim Christ on pain of death have my sincere admiration.    I tweet  an article from time to time about Christian persecution and then I may see a Re-Tweet from that country.  It is humbling.

The reason people are fed up with churches is that they are not doing what God intended.  Churches are not following scripture.

How many times have you read the bible and thought to yourself, “that isn’t what the church does today”. Or “Pastor would never go for that”.  If that is the case, you are not alone.

Have you ever asked yourself why people get dressed up on Sunday contrary to scripture? (see James 2:2; 1 Peter 3:3,4).  Or heck, why do they have meetings just on Sunday??? In  Acts they met from house to house daily (Acts 6:1; Act 16:5; Acts 19:9).

Do you realize that the pulpit and the pews weren’t even around during the time of acts?  The Christian pulpit didn’t come into being until AD250.

The word pastor is only  mentioned once in the new testament in Eph 4:11.  Why is there so much emphasis on that ONE particular office now?

The church building itself was a product of  Constantine in 327 AD.  Now we see the upraised platform where the worship band entertains the audience.  I can’t find any scriptural support for this.  But I do see the same thing at rock concerts.

I am just calling it like I see it. I feel like I am being pumped full of self help lingo instead of the Way of salvation.  I feel like I am being entertained rather than entering in to the Spirit of God.   And talk about the spirit?  A lot of mainstream churches think you are a cook if you get into the spirit of God. Jesus says we must, excuse me MUST!!! worship in Spirit and in Truth (John 4:24)!

The pew came into being from early England.    This church setup today is designed to have one person give a long oration and for people to sit, immobile,  and listen.  One big mouth and many, many small little ears trained to tithe.  Don’t dare ask questions!  Be quiet!

Paul talks to the Corinthians about how each of them have a psalm or hymn or wants to prophesy.  Paul doesn’t quell these gifts but encourages them (see 1 Cor 14).

The early church didn’t celebrate pagan festivals like easter, the winter solstice which we call Christmas and the like.

This list could go on ....

The church needs to repent.  If we can really even bother to call it the “church”.

I am going to turn you onto a good book.  Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna.  It is an eye opener.  Well worth the read.  And a lot of the information I espoused here came from that book.

Some of the data you will find in that book can be found here:

Warning!  If you are comfortable with pagan tradition in the church, this book is not for you.

The authors point out blatant departures from scripture in today's contemporary churches.  They also point out the strong influence of paganism in today’s so called churches.