4 Things To Consider Before Leaving A Church

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If you’ve gone to church for any amount of time, chances are you’ve struggled with confrontation, frustration, and burn out. All of these are normal trials that every church – and every church member – experience. Since the church is composed of sinful people, all at different places in their Christian journey, there is bound to be tension from time to time. But when is there cause for concern? Is there ever a time when it’s ok to leave a church and seek membership elsewhere? Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering leaving a church:

Back to the Basics

Perhaps the best way to discern whether one has grounds to leave a church is to go back to the basics. What, after all, is the purpose of the church? The Bible is clear that the church is to be the “pillar and ground [foundation] of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Everything in the church structure, teaching, worship, programs, and activities is to be centered upon this fact. In addition, the church should recognize Jesus Christ as its one and only head (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18) and submit to Him in all things. Clearly, these things can only be done when the church clings to the Bible as its standard and authority. It’s hard to see how anyone would want to leave a church such as described above, but few churches today fit this description.

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