Over the years since I became part of the Church of God, I have seen people come and go. There is no doubt the true Church of God is not immune to division. However, when I try to examine why people leave the Church, most of them, if not all, leave for the wrong reasons. While I can only think of one reason why I should leave the Church, I can think of many stupid reasons that had caused many people to make the wrong decision.
In this post, let me share with you what I think are 5 stupid reasons people leave the Church.
1. They leave the Church because someone offends them
This is the most common reason I can see why people leave the church. When brethren are offended and their feelings were hurt by his brother or sister in faith, they would rather leave the church rather than reconciling with each other.
There is no doubt that the Church of God is composed of imperfect people. No matter what happen, there will come a time when people will act in a way that you should be offended. However, the Bible tells us;
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love” (Ephesians 4:2).
We can’t do so much about what people do, but we can control how we react to it. So instead of leaving the Church just because someone hurt your feeling, remember to be patient and seek counsel.
2. They leave the church because they don’t like the leaders
Some people will look into the people who hold the office, rather than looking at the office they hold. Again, people will always people. They are imperfect humans. Just because you don’t like the leaders who hold the position doesn’t mean that you should leave the Church. No matter who holds the office of a certain position, the ultimate leader of the Church is Jesus Christ.
“And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18).
3. They leave the church because it’s not fun
It is sad to note that there are growing feelings over the past years that being a Christian is boring, lifeless and will only take the fun out of life. This satanic mindset is something that had caused many people, especially the younger ones, to leave the Church. (Please read my post, “Is It Boring To Be A Christian? 5 Reasons It Is Not).
Jesus Christ said: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
Being a Christian means living life to the fullest. When you stay within the Church you are educated on how to live this life in such a way that it will yield more blessings and happiness. However, if you leave the Church, you are preventing God to make a difference in your life. This will eventually lead to a sadness and frustration.
4. People leave the Church because they made a mistake
Adam and Eve made a mistake when they ate of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. Instead of approaching God and ask for forgiveness, they made another mistake of hiding from God. Most of us are not that different from our first parents. Most people who made a big mistake in their lives would rather leave the Church because of shame, guilt and fear.
It is true that sin can separate us from God. But this does not mean that it should be left that way. Instead of hiding from God by leaving the Church, we need to ask for forgiveness and be reconciled to Him.
“For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything” (I John 3:20).
5. People leave the Church because they want “freedom”
People think that the Church is just there to restrict and confine them within a set of moral rules. They think to stay in the Church is being a slave while to leave is being freed. Actually, there are only two choices; it is either being a servant to God or a servant to Satan. The right choice should be obvious by now, but Satan is very wise and cunning who will offer his way of life wrapped in a very attractive trappings. Don’t be deceived; the way of Satan will lead to enslavement rather than freedom. But God’s way of life will lead to life and real freedom!
“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).
Don’t leave the Church for the wrong reasons. Instead, stay close to God and let Him take care of your concerns. We need to remember that God’s way of life always works. If you let anyone or anything comes between you and God, then you are making biggest mistake of your life. Leaving the Church is never an option. Staying close to God while keeping the faith is the only option.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live“(Deuteronomy 30:19)!