COMPLETE QUESTION: As a proposed reader, if one of your reasons for writing the book is to, “Encourage those who have left the church to return because they have given up on it,” my question which would need to entail a detailed answer, is “Why?” Why do you want someone who has left the organized church, to return? What would be the motivation? What would be the end result that someone could NOT find, if they never entered or became part of a “church,” again? Relationship with God and his son, and relationship with his people, happens OUTSIDE a ‘church’ building, so how are you going to get someone who has turned away from organized religion, interested in going back…? God and relationship with him exists outside organized religion, so why bother with it? (AND I get, feeding the orphans, teaching, etc.), but again, this exists and happens outside of an organized group arranging such things. I just can’t see the benefit of DOING organized religion… not in the long run. Been there, done that and will never, ever do it again… I trust organized religion and “religious people,” about as much as I trust Obama… (& I don’t trust him for even one second!)
SHORT ANSWER: Because the Body of Christ needs YOU. I’m not saying that the Body of Christ cannot meet outside an organized church building because we can and, in my opinion, should. After all, if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we ARE the church. Meeting with each other in a venue that is organized offers friendship and family, corporate worship, Bible teaching, and maybe most importantly, opportunity for the friction and conflict that builds deeper relationship and character.
Many people I know, including myself, have been victims of religious abuse. We may love God, but we have a bad taste in our mouth re: church. To many of these people, church is profane, a dirty word, something to avoid. But I contend that these people have not experienced the difference between a toxic faith system and a health faith system.
Here are two theme scriptures that set the tone of my book:
1. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5.1)2. “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ. You have fallen away from grace” (Galatians 5.4).
- The Loss Of Community and Worship of Self (thoughtsofspencer.wordpress.com)