There were mixed responses to the reasons why I don’t go to church (institutional church) anymore.
Some think I criticize.
Know that my heart is never to attack the church but to be faithful to it’s true meaning. But there is much confusion with the way the word “church” is understood and used nowadays.
To reveal it’s true meaning, I have listed 10 things what the church is not:
1. An institution.
2. A denomination.
3. A building.
4. A Bible study.
5. A sermon.
6. A worship service or program.
7. An event.
8. A training center.
9. A business.
10. A once-a-week thing.
So if we take these all away, “What then is the church?” you may ask. Or a better question would be, “Who is the church?”
Immediately you would say it’s a people. But based on the language that many people use, it’s usually described as one of the things listed above.
“So where do we go now?”
I like how Wayne Jacobsen answers that:
But if the church is something we are, not someplace we go, how can we leave it unless we abandon Christ himself? [Continue reading here]
In other words, being the church is none of these as if it were a place we need to go to. Instead, it is a body—a body of people to be exact. I mean, we are called the Body of Christ, right? We can’t be separated from Him no matter where we are.
We are the church…wherever we go.
What do you think the church is about?
Please check out these blog posts I recommend for further reading:
- Read how the institutional church is compared to an automobile: Why I Love the Church by Frank Viola
- Read the typical Q&As on Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobsen
- Going to Church vs. Being the Church by Ragamuffinggospelfan’s blog
- Doing Church vs. Being Church by Kingdom Living
- Institutional Church by Seth Barnes
- Being The Church by Joshua Tongol