Do you know how many people are churchless? Millions to billions I estimate. Not that some of these people are not aware of church but being a ” stay home” christian seems to be the latest trend. Online churches and services on TV are also encouraging these trends. The truth is, technology is challenging the way traditional churches operate.
Since there is nothing new under the sun, the same ideas that stopped people before still do now. These may include: one – Let me acknowledge my God in my own way, two – church takes unnecessary time that consists of too many tasks (do this, do that), three – If God can speak to the pastor or Bishop, he can also speak to me and four – church stifles my ability to grow in the direction that I desire.
I often wonder if it is a lack of knowledge or just plain denial when such ideas are generated. People claim to follow the teachings of Jesus but Jesus never walked alone! He in fact sort out disciples so the good work could continue (succession planning).When Jesus had fellowship with the brethren, he learned to love, mentor and lead etc.
Fellowshipping with others encourages character building. It allows us to deal with people issues which can be quite difficult at times. People do all sorts of hurtful things which make us lose faith in our fellow christians. Do like Jesus, build character by fellowshipping. Learn to love and keep on loving because unforgiveness is a poison that you take that you hope will work on someone else.
This has been a Flaming Word Experience