Why do people stop going to church? Why are Christians or non-Christians fed up with church, the religious hypocrisy (hypocrites), and organized religion? Over the years I have observed and talked with Christians and others who used to go to a church, but now they no longer do. Christians and non-Christians have either stopped believing in God or their faith or have chosen to no longer be a part of any kind of church or organized religion.
In churches today there is much hypocrisy (hypocrites), feel good religious mumbo jumbo, and many who are feeling disconnected. There are those who say going to a church or believing in God is false, and that there is no reason to believe God is true or real. Whether you believe God is true or false, that going to church is good or not, we all still need each other in life. This is true with pastors, churches, and in real everyday life circumstances with family and friends.
Sadly, pastors and those in leadership roles in different types of churches view their positions like jobs, careers, and this has caused many people to turn away from the Christian faith or whatever church they may have been a part of. This is one of the various reasons why Christians and non-Christians are no longer going to church, and loosing their faith in God or whatever religion they may have been a part of. The Bible teaches the true pastor’s role and position is not a job or a career, but a calling and a responsibility from God to shepherd the sheep and to help those with needs (Acts 20:28; Galatians 6:10; Philippians 2:1-5; 1 Peter 5:1-7).
The Word of God instructs us to have regular fellowship with other Christians, to grow in our faith and walk in Jesus (Acts 2:42-47; Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:23-25). Sadly many Christians feel left out, disconnected, out of place, not sure what to do, or who to talk with about their daily lives and problems. The reality is that we all need each other, whether Christian or not, people need companionship and friendship. People choose to go to some type of church for various things, and some churches do have opportunities for people to get to know each other and to help one another.
Christians need regular fellowship and discipleship, both young and old, and not just Sunday mornings or one time of the week. There are many things that can be a part of a normal regular week for people to be a part of in some way. There are home Bible studies for fellowship, men’s and women’s type groups or activities, special topical Bible studies for people to learn from and grow in. Honestly, the list can go on and on, but the question still remains. Why are pastors and leaders not providing these things for people to grow in their faith, to support one another, to have fellowship and discipleship?
To be far there are churches who have many wonderful things to be a part of for people to connect with other people. Praise the Lord for those churches, pastors, and leaders who are others minded reaching the needs of the people. If you are a pastor or leader in a Christian church may you wake up to the reality of what is taking place with many disconnected Christians who are seeking fellowship and acceptance, but sadly they are leaving the church and loosing their faith in God. This responsibility is also not a one pastor person calling, but the calling of the body of Christ working together encouraging and ministering to one another (1 Corinthians 12:4-31). The body of Christ is many members, men and women, and we all have gifts that we can bless one another with.
My hope is that this challenges those in leadership to seek the Lord in prayer for guidance and wisdom on serving the body of Christ, the church. If you are a Christian who is no longer going to a church or you are uncertain about God and what you believe, please don’t give up. God loves you, Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again, and there is hope. If you any of you have stopped going to church or are not sure what you believe about God anymore, and you wish to talk please get in touch.
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