A Church for those who do not like church

While traveling home the other day I saw a church sign that read, “A church for those who don’t like church.” Since I am a pastor, this statement stirred my mind up a bit. Without stopping to ask what the sign meant, I decided to take it at face value. Therefore, it seemed, to me, to mean that many churches have problems. Then I wondered if this was another example of the endless contemporary vs. the traditional argument. It seems to me that there is a misunderstanding about church presently in some Christian circles. Whatever the case is, here are a few reasons why I believe that a statement like the one I referred to is dangerous: First, Christ gave His life for the Church. The Church is the Body of Christ. In other words, the Church is God in the flesh. The Church is full of ambassadors of the King. The Church is where God’s Kingdom meets the physical earth. The Church is where we worship Christ. The Church is the chosen instrument to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Church is where we have our faith built up. The Church is where we receive encouragement. The Church is the New Israel. Finally, the Church is the Bride of Christ. I guess the question should be asked, “Christian, why would you not like Church?” On the other hand, some may reply that the Church has problems which seem to hurt Christ. Yet, I say that the Church is both human and divine. The Church is not an us against them organization. It is a togetherness faith where the individual ends up being identified as a follower of Christ. Churches are to be united in their stand against evil in this world. Therefore, let’s not rush to condemn churches. Instead, lest’s support the Church as that which is sacred.

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  1. Back in 1983 while still living in Klamath Falls, Oregon I left a non-instrumental Church of Christ. Reason: Sectarian legalism. Also, this
    congregation had a nasty habit of knocking, running down, slandering,
    and speaking evil against other churches within the community. This even
    included rival Churches of Christ. You can learn more about this by accessingthe

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